Work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.6: Develop emergent mathematical skills of children
Learning outcome: Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development
Assessment criteria: Work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

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As an Early Years practitioner, it is essential to be able to develop effective relationships with parents and carers. This is important for developing a trusting bond that will enable children to thrive in their learning environment. One of the most important ways to ensure this relationship is successful is by taking proactive steps to encourage parents and carers to become involved in their child’s play, learning and development.

Creating a Welcoming Environment

It is crucial that practitioners create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for parents/carers when they visit the early years setting. This can be done by providing a comfortable area where families can sit together, as well as giving them access to relevant resources that they may need such as leaflets or books related to play, learning and development. Additionally, practitioners should actively show interest in what the family has to say and ask questions about their own experiences with their child; this will help build trust between the practitioner and the family.

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Valuing Parental Knowledge

Another key way of encouraging parental involvement is by valuing the knowledge that parents have about their own children. Practitioners should take time to listen carefully and reflect on what parents are saying about their child’s interests, strengths, needs and preferences. This can help practitioners gain a better understanding of how best to support each individual child’s development in the early years setting.

Providing Opportunities for Involvement

Providing opportunities for parents/carers to get involved encourages them further towards engaging in their child’s play activities at home or even at the early years setting itself. Practitioners could do this by inviting them into activities such as storytime or sensory play sessions – this provides them with an opportunity not only observe but also engage with their child during these activities. Furthermore, providing resources which demonstrate how everyday activities at home can link with what happens in the early years setting can go a long way towards helping parents/carers understand how best they can contribute towards supporting their child’s development outside of nursery hours too!

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Summary

Allowing parents/carers become involved in their children’s play, learning and development has many positive benefits for both parties; it helps nurture strong relationships between practitioners and families while also enabling children to experience more meaningful opportunities within both home-based settings as well as educational ones. By creating welcoming environments which value family knowledge alongside providing ample chances for involvement – Early Years practitioners are able positively encourage participation from families like never before!

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