Parents in partnership

Who should attend?

The workshop is appropriate for all childcare practitioners working in any type of childcare setting, including childminders. This workshop can be delivered to practitioners from a range of settings or for teams of practitioners working in the same setting as a team building exercise.

Duration

Half day – 4 hours

Outline

This workshop will focus on two essential elements of partnership with parents including; OfSTED requirements set out within Early Years Foundation Stage and how this supports elements of good customer care. The workshop will focus on parents as the child’s first educator and the impact that effective partnership with parents has on children’s development.  A range of techniques designed to involve and consult with parents will be highlighted and linked to both OfSTED and customer care good practice. The policies and procedures currently in place to support parents to contribute to their child’s experience in the setting will be explored and future actions to improve and develop current practice will be considered.

Staff will explore a range of communication techniques and develop confidence and assertiveness skills when communicating with parents about a range of issues.  Parents communication skills will also be explored and appropriate forms of communication will be reviewed to ensure that all parents can access the information provided.

Delegates will:

  • Be clear about the requirements set out within Early Years Foundation Stage and how they can support with elements of good customer care.
  • Appreciate the benefits of effective partnership with parents to the children, parents, staff and the business.
  • Be able to implement a range of communication techniques appropriate to the situation to ensure that all parents can access information provided.
  • Be able to support parents who have communication, language or literacy barriers, to access and provide information about their child’s development.
  • Be confident to approach parents at the beginning and end of the day in a consistent manner that demonstrates professionalism.
  • Review and agree the settings current policies and procedures in place to work in partnership with parents.

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