Engaging with Parents in Early Years Settings

Engaging with Parents in Early Years Settings

by Dianne Jackson, Martin Needham

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446258958
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/30/2014
Edition description: First
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dianne Jackson trained as an Early Childhood Teacher and taught in a broad range of community, early childhood and school settings. Dianne then became a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Western where she completed a First Class Honours degree in Social Science. Since 2004 Dianne has held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Connect Child and Family Services, an NGO in outer western Sydney that delivers a broad range of early childhood focused programs with families. Dianne holds an adjunct position at the University of Western Sydney where she completed her Ph D in 2010 and her doctoral research won the 2010 European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA) Best Practitioner Research Award. Dianne co-convenes an EECERA special interest research group with Pen Green in the UK and her organisation has recently opened an innovative parent and child meeting place, conceptually based on collaborative work she has done with her EECERA colleagues from the University of Ghent. Dianne is also the New South Wales state convenor for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.


Martin Needham trained and worked as an Early Years teacher in Nottinghamshire, London and Pakistan. This was followed by four years as an Early Years Development Officer for a local authority working on a range of initiatives including Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships, and Children’s Centres. During this time he worked regularly with one of the regional parent and child groups as part of the National Children’s Bureau’s Playing with Words project. He became a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 and a Principle Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014. Martin completed his Ph D examining pedagogy and learning with children under the age of 4 at the Institute of Education, London University in 2011. Martin has two children with whom he attended parent and toddler groups. Martin has published work on multi-agency working the ‘Team around the Child’ (Siraj-Blatchford et al, 2007) and applying theory to practice (Waller et al, 2011). Martin was the external examiner for the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) which delivers practitioner training for those working with parents and children together from 2006-2010. Martin has also conducted research into leadership in early years settings (Hadfield et al, 2012 and Needham, 2013).

Table of Contents

Part 1 Parents, children and practitioners together
Chapter 1 The nature of human development
Chapter 2 Researching with families
Chapter 3 The value of practitioners being with children and parents together
Part 2 A place to be and a space to grow
Chapter 4 Being together as parents
Chapter 5 Creating a nurturing community
Chapter 6 Nurturing parents, nurturing children
Part 3 Learning to learn in supported playgroups
Chapter 7 Children learning in collaboration with adults
Chapter 8 Learning to play together
Chapter 9 The influence of learning environments
Chapter 10 Developing transitional capital

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