Are you responsible for setting up parental links in your school or children's centre? Are you looking for help in developing parental partnerships or tips on how to support parents in your setting? Setting up parent support activities provides even the most vulnerable families with positive experiences that will enhance the learning taking place in schools and settings for all children, particularly children with behavioural and emotional difficulties Supporting Parents provides step-by-step guidance for setting up parenting programmes and other initiatives to support parents in early years settings and primary schools. The book also gives practical advice on how to set up inclusive programmes which support families in order to encourage good home-school relations. Written with the busy practitioner in mind, this step-by-step guidebook provides a range of practical activities for practitioners to adopt: from the basic idea of starting to include parents more through universal activities such as how to engage parents in the first place, setting up the parent's room, providing individual support to an overview of the more theoretical approaches needed for targeted parents.
Guidance is given on how to: * set up the parenting rooms * manage safety issues * carry out risk assessments * support family learning * engage parents and retain their interest & attendance * use screening tools to collect date and document changes in behaviour. This easy-to-use guidebook includes examples of structured activities, templates for group and individual assessment and photocopiable sheets. Short case studies are used throughout to show how different approaches and parent support programmes work in practice.
Janice Filer is an LEA officer for a creche unit for vulnerable families and as a Behaviour Support Teacher. She has written four books for teachers working with young children, including Healthy, Active and Outside! (Routledge, 2008).
Acknowledgements Chapter 1 - Introduction Chapter 2 - Establishing what is needed to engage parents Chapter 3 - Creating the ethos for supporting parents Chapter 4 - Setting up the environment Chapter 5 - Where to start and what to do Chapter 6 - What works? Chapter 7 - Keeping parents on board Chapter 8 - Practical ideas for running your own programme for parents Chapter 9 - Tackling the problems of assessment Chapter 10 - What next? An overview of accredited programmes Chapter 11 - Time to move on and say goodbye