The second Principle of the Early Years Foundation Stage is Positive Relationships.
‘Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships
with parents and /or key person’
2.2 Parents as Partners
‘Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners
work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s
development and learning.’
EYFS divides Parents as Partners into:
In the following web pages we will look at what this actually means for a Childminder
and provide ideas on how you can develop your own partnership working to meet the
needs of your minded families.
Childminders must ensure that they value and welcome all families into their setting.
They must appreciate that all families are different, living in varied family groupings,
maybe speaking other languages and having different cultures and social backgrounds.
This page will provide Childminders with ideas on how they can demonstrate that they
do operate an equal opportunities setting supporting the diverse needs of their families.
Effective communication with parents is vital if Childminders are to offer the best
service possible to their minded children. Sometimes it is difficult to engage parents
who are working or busy, so this page offers a range of communication ideas to help
you meet the individual needs of each family.
Learning Together Parents are central in the lives of their children and can share
a lot of useful information with their Childminder about them. Childminders and Parents
can learn together and this will help to greatly enhance the children’s leaning and
development. This page provides ideas on how to involve parents in understanding
more about the different aspects of their children’s learning.