Active Engagement

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Young girls playing dress up 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  in order for it to be shared across the sector.


Reflective questions:


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?


Find out more… (click to open)

  • PEEP  - PEEP-trained practitioners work with parents and carers to support their babies’ and children’s development and improve their life chances, by making the most of everyday learning opportunities
  • Family and Parenting Institute, Early Home Learning Matters – EHLM brings together the evidence about the vital role played by parents in securing good outcomes for children, and provides practical information about how to plan and implement effective services to involve parents in their children’s learning from birth to age 5



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  1. karen, May 12, 2012
    is the parents guide avaiable yet- it says March 2012?
    • Sue, June 1, 2012
      Yes please.. I too would like to know when the parents guide will be provided!
      • Sorry Sue, Karen, I'm reliably informed that it is coming very soon. Keep watching this space, and apologies for the delay!
        • Penny, July 10, 2012
          Is there any progress on this yet. Our term finishes next week!
          • Hi Penny - the parents' guide has now been published, and you can access it here: in one of the central boxes.

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