Community participation in early childhood education
Author: Karen Hope
ECA code: RIP2003
The old African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ aptly summarises the value of community. It considers the welfare and education of our youngest citizens to be a communal responsibility. But what does this mean in the early learning context?
This Research in Practice Series title explains how children, families, early learning services and the community benefit when they forge partnerships with each other. It will help educators:
• understand what the words ‘community’ and ‘partnership’ mean and how to apply these to their context
• find out who is in their local community
• better understand how theory can support strong community connections.
The book uses case studies and tips from practitioners to demonstrate examples of community partnerships and the value they hold. Through each of these examples and scenarios, educators will be able to see not only the challenges that working this way might present but also the infinite possibilities of thinking beyond their immediate boundaries. Each chapter includes practice considerations with a range of provocations for staff teams, as well as practical strategies to implement these ideas.
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