Parents as partners blog 2 - CPD

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Here is the 2nd part of the 'Parents as Partners' CPD blog. I hope you find it useful

• Old blog about working with parents from Knutsford Childminding which is still relevant today - Sarah's Blog: Working with parents and the EYFS

• Tell parents how wonderful their children are - share positive little stories about their day

• Remember to thank parents for contributions in newsletter, in an email, by text etc

• Update the child's ‘All about Me’ form regularly, asking parents questions about their child’s home learning experiences and showing an interest in what they get up to at home

• Sharing information with parents from free resources @ Childminding Forum - Sharing Information

• Developing partnerships with parents in the early years -

• Literacy Trust reading resources and ‘talk to your baby’ sheets - Reaching parents | National Literacy Trust

• Take videos of children’s play on IPad or similar to share at pick up time

• Put together sharing sacks with specific resources linked to eg colours, shapes, sizes etc. Include a contents photo (taken by the child) and an ‘activity ideas’ sheet of simple games (laminate)

• Put together a little bag or basket containing a travelling bear which children can take on holiday or home for the weekend

• Chatter boxes - children decorate and fill the boxes at home and talk about them in the provision -

chatterboxes - Leicestershire County Council

• Put up display boards and regularly change photos - include references to how (learning characteristics*) as well as what (Development Matters) the children are learning

*You will find information about the characteristics of effective learning here -

The Characteristics of Effective Learning

• Put up displays of new themes for parents and children to explore together in entrance hall

• ‘How can an early years setting encourage parental participation?’ -

• Is there something that reflects every family in your setting?

• Include observations based on children’s comments about home interests in Learning Journey files

• Children (older) can write Tweets to parents as followers saying what they are doing / learning

• Free OU 'Parents as Partners' course -
Parents as partners

• Free speech and language resources for parents - Speech Therapy Resources : Speech and Language Therapy Ideas and Downloads

• Barriers to parental involvement - Family and Parenting Institute | Engaging Parents | Barriers to parental involvement

• ‘What parents need’ -
Family and Parenting Institute | Engaging Parents | What Parents Need from Early Years Services

• Explain different areas of the EYFS to parents using pictures and simple words to enhance their understanding of what you are talking about - cut out the jargon and use plain English


• Information about a child - if you share any information about a child via digital media including on the internet you must be registered with the Information Commissioners Office as a data handler - Data Protection and Freedom of Information advice -

• Sharing photos - it is good practice to ask parents for written permission to share photos of their child on notice boards, in Learning Journeys, on social media, via email and text etc

• Sharing videos and voice recordings - it is good practice to ask parents for written permission

• ICT / safe use policy - not a requirement of the EYFS 2012 or Childcare Registers but strongly recommended if ICT is used to support learning and sharing with parents

• Confidentiality policy - while not a requirement it is good practice to speak to parents about confidentiality and to ask them to read a policy. Remind them that confidentiality works both ways.


• Members of #EYTalking - Twitter - 13.5.2013 - 8 - 9pm

• Website links as detailed above

• E-book 60 ‘Working with Parents’ from Knutsford Childminding
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  1. angeldelight's Avatar
    Great Sarah

    Angel xx

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