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The family participation in child care project

Irvine, Susan (2012) The family participation in child care project. In the Loop, pp. 9-14.

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Abstract

Working with families has long been a fundamental tenet of quality child care services. While there is broad agreement that family participation in child care offers multiple benefits to all concerned, many educators continue to identify this as one of the more challenging aspects of their work. There are a number of perceived barriers to participation, including time constraints, different needs and expectations and the lack of confidence and capacity to support genuine participation. What is interesting, and often overlooked, is that these are shared issues and relate to both educators and parents. Recognising the importance and challenge of family participation in child care, the Brisbane South Professional Support Network PSN), a network facilitated by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council is leading a collaborative research project to build educator knowledge and capacity to promote and support relationship building, meaningful dialogue and genuine partnerships in child care. This article reports on findings from the first phase of this study, identifying parent views and experiences of partnership and articipation in child care services. Findings highlight preferred methods of information sharing and seeking, identify barriers to communication and participation and provide insight into parent expectations of partnerships with educators.

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ID Code: 54786
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This was a collaborative research project, funded by the Queensland Health and Community Services Workforce Council and lead by the Brisbane South Professional Support Network in collaboration with the Workforce Council and QUT.
Keywords: family , participation, partnership, child care
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Health and Community Services Workforce Council
Deposited On: 15 Nov 2012 08:01
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 04:50

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