ERIC Number: ED450901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Working with Parents: A Shared Understanding of the Curriculum 3-5. Early Education Support Series.
Based on the view that parents' role in their young children's learning must be viewed within the context of families' changing needs and the communities in which they live, this guide explores how staff in early years settings can further develop communication and contact with parents. The guide is designed for promoting greater understanding of the Curriculum Framework for Children 3 to 5 in Scotland and encourages staff to explore how they can use this curriculum to examine existing strategies for working with parents, establish priorities, identify gaps, and locate areas for development. Section 1 of the guide discusses how preschools need to encompass a wide diversity of parenting cultures and stages of family life. Section 2 concerns the curriculum and how it relates to parents' expectations for their children. Section 3 suggests ways early years programs can share information to aid in induction and transition, to develop confidence in one another, to develop feelings of belonging, and to provide a starting point for planning and providing learning experiences. Section 4 suggests ways that communication and contact with parents can meet changing interests and needs, can ensure regular contact and continued sharing of information, and can encourage deeper and more meaningful discussion about early development and learning. Section 5 provides suggestions for encouraging parental involvement in the classroom, on field trips, or during play activities; and working together to establish a framework for sharing children's achievements. Section 6 focuses on how preschool staff can work with parents to facilitate the transition from preschool to school. Section 7 presents staff development activities related to the issues discussed in previous chapters. Contains 12 references. (KB)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, School Community Relationship, School Readiness, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Teaching Scotland, Dundee.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)