Dealing with parents can be scary and intimidating, especially when you are relatively new to your role, but it can also be hugely rewarding. What do you need to know? Which barriers are you likely to face? Most importantly, how can you nurture a positive and authentic relationship with parents and carers where you genuinely work together for the best interests of the child?

Written by authors who have experienced being on both sides of the fence, as educators and as parents, this practical book takes a frank approach to recognising the turbulent world of parenting and shines a light on issues that are, all too often, dismissed. It considers the pragmatic, kind, and caring ways that educational settings can support parents’ struggles, as well as benefitting from their wide-ranging knowledge and capabilities.

With activities and reflections included throughout, the book invites the reader to consider their practice, and to look at their relationships with parents with fresh eyes, all whilst keeping the child in mind. With a focus on celebrating the value of truly listening and forming authentic relationships, this book will be essential reading for early years’ educators, childminders, primary teachers, TAs, and SENCOs.

chapter Chapter 1|20 pages

Always Listen

ByCarla Solvason

chapter Chapter 2|20 pages

Avoid Assumptions

ByCarla Solvason

chapter Chapter 3|20 pages

Developing Trust

ByJohanna Cliffe

chapter Chapter 4|26 pages

Allow Emotions

ByJohanna Cliffe

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Tackling Difficult Conversations

ByJohanna Cliffe

chapter Chapter 6|16 pages

Battling Isolation and Engaging Parents at a Distance

ByCarla Solvason, Johanna Cliffe

chapter |10 pages


ByCarla Solvason