Parents as partners

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By Dr Hannah MortimerEducational Psychologist

Try out these tips and tried-and-tested ideas for working in partnership with parents and carers

Parents helping out in the setting

In this article:

  1. Introduction
  2. What does effective partnership look like?
  3. Sharing information from the start
  4. Case study: Joint training day – Ditching the dummy


The EYFS Principles remind us clearly that ‘children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person’. As part of working with Parents as Partners, we are urged to respect diversity, communicate effectively and learn together. Effective parent partnership is so much more than what we do; it stems from a central belief that all families have a right to participate and be included. Here are some starting points for engendering partnerships that work in your own setting.

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