Enhancing parental involvement

This course module is based on the work that was developed in the “Parental involvement” component of the TODDLER project, which focused on training of educators, technicians, future educators regarding the issue of parental involvement in contexts of reception they receive children under 3 years.

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Data have been collected in early childhood settings in the eight European countries that participated in the project. The main research goal of this work package was identify "best practices" for working with families and support strategies and parental involvement in formal and informal childcare. A review of research and development was done in all partner countries. Interviews with parents were carried out, a relationship with local health centres in Portugal was established and workshops were organized. The research findings were used for the design of this course module.

One of key aims of this course is to support the development of the “reflective practitioner”, so the idea is to encourage the participation and to develop practical situations that could be analysed and discussed among participants. To promote a questioning attitude and approach, all situations presented throughout the document should be read as "clues" work and should be consulted as references, as starting points for a proper operation to specific reality.

Two contexts are not equal, two children are not alike, not two families either. The situations shown are only examples that shall be reviewed, taking into account the needs and unique characteristics of each context.

The contents of this course are the following items:

  • Parental involvement in toddler’s education.
  • Factors that facilitate and/or hinder parental involvement in the education of young children.
  • Parental involvement programs and examples of practical approaches.
  • Evaluation of the parental involvement.