The Family and Childcare Trust is working actively to promote Parent Champions.
Sure Start Children’s Centres are being required through the core purpose to ensure that mums and dads and families have a real say in shaping local services.
All services need to listen to what parents need and make provision for these needs.
You need to be especially active in engaging with mums and dads who are most vulnerable. This will require creative and innovative thinking. Action for Children have released an informative report to support you in engaging vulnerable parents to improve outcomes for children – read it online.
For parents to understand the expectations of the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, a parents guide to the EYFS is available here.
If you have examples of effective practice which has engaged the most vulnerable parents, send it to foundations@4Children.org.uk in order for it to be shared across the sector.
How do you as a professional in a children’s centre ensure parents are actively involved in the decision making?
How do you actively engage dads?
Do messages you give to parents from a health and education viewpoint match?
How do you help your mums and dads to make them ‘parent ready’ for each stage of the child’s development?
How do you as a practitioner delivering the EYFS ensure that parents are fully aware of the expectations in it?
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