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ERIC Number: EJ868213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Staying in Step: Supporting Relationships with Families
Raikes, Helen H.; Edwards, Carolyn Pope
Young Children, v64 n5 p50-55 Sep 2009
This article begins with vignettes illustrating some of the concerns that parents have about relationships in child care. It may be helpful for teachers, students, and directors to reflect on the feelings of parents about relationships in child care. It may also be helpful for parents to recognize the universality of common questions of parents. To address a parent's concerns, the authors identify eight principles of relationship-based approaches for including parents: (1) Relationships with parents are valued and cultivated. Parents and teachers are partners; (2) In relationship-based programs, teachers and directors provide support and information about parenting; (3) In relationship-based programs, teachers seek to form a closer relationship with the child, providing a secure base during child care. They recognize that such a relationship supports the child's development and does not interfere with the relationship with parents; (4) Relationship-based programs provide parents with extensive information about the program as well as about their own child; (5) Relationship-based programs build community among the parents; (6) Relationship-based programs value the contributions of parents to the program overall; (7) Relationship-based programs seek continuity between family values and program offerings; and (8) Relationship-based programs articulate relationship-oriented principles and practices to parents. In this article, the authors discuss these principles and supplement their discussion with suggested language for teachers and directors to use when interacting with parents. This will aid in the teacher's discussion of each of these aspects of the program's relationship-based approach with parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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