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Welcome to the final part of the course. At this point in your learning, we consider the collaboration and teamwork that is required with both families and your teaching team to make caring for and educating infants and toddlers successful, and as positive as possible. Families of course have rich knowledge of their child, and are a wonderful resource for understanding the child and ensuring consistency in terms of values and practices. Teamwork within your centre benefits the child with a strong sense of consistency, but also provides important support for you, so that you can offer the best possible care for the child.
The aims of this part of the course are:
- To understand what genuine parent partnership is and what it looks like, and how it differs from other forms of parent communication and liaison
- To appreciate that there is a scale of actions and opportunities for parent partnership, and consider the steps involved in progressing towards genuine partnership
- To reflect on the importance of teamwork and how to build stronger relationships and communication with your teaching team
- To develop shared goals for a child by collaborating with families and teaching teams
This will involve:
- Reflecting on family expectations and how well you meet these
- Reading about parent partnership
- Reading a model of a four-step approach to parent partnership and identifying action steps for yourself
- Reflecting on how you can incorporate diverse family values into your practice
- Watching a video in which Jean Rockel and Emma Thomsen discuss team teaching in an infant and toddler context
- Reflecting on teamwork and team relationships in your setting
- Putting your learning into practice by developing your relationships with the child’s family and your teaching team in regard to your focus child’s learning
Our final discussion forum topic is about sharing the strategies for parent partnership that you use in your setting, and there is some extra reading and watching on parent partnership and team teaching for those who want more! Finally, we ask you to complete a brief course evaluation form.