1 Explain culturally sensitive ways of working with parents to help them provide appropriate support for their children’s early learning
what parents do rather than who they are – has a significant influence on
child outcomes, particularly when children are young. [ For example, evidence suggests that
what parents do with their children at home is a powerful predictor of attainment at ages
three, five and seven.
Parents make a large contribution to children’s cognitive development
if they regularly read with their child and
play number and alphabet games. Research also
suggests that at primary level, differences in parental involvement in learning have a greater
impact on attainment than differences associated with schools.
Mothers and fathers both
have important, positive contributions to make. Fathers’ affection, support and parenting
style are strongly related to positive outcomes for children. A genuine commitment to work co-operatively with parents should be a feature of any high-quality setting and should impact on every aspect of practice.
As practitioners, we build up expertise in how young children learn and how each child operates within our setting. But it is the parent who knows their child best, and unless there is a sharing of information between practitioners and parents, a child's learning needs will be neither fully understood nor, ultimately, met.
Sharing information about the child
Opportunities for talking to parents about their child's learning may happen informally, and spontaneous exchanges can generate useful information. ]
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