The significance of adult-to-adult interactions in early childhood education and care settings is widely recognised. Casual exchanges and more formal meetings between parents and educators assist in supporting each other in their work with children, and when these contacts build into strong partnerships, they can bring even greater benefits.
Dr Mary Hood, author of Partnerships—Working together in early childhood settings, is an experienced professional who has been involved in the fields of child protection, infant and child mental health, and family social work. She outlines the Family Partnerships Model and how this can be used by educators to develop strategies focusing on the skills necessary to work with parents, as set out in the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard.
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