Key to Parent Partnership

Partnership working

Over the last decade, significant research studies have highlighted the benefits of mutually respectful relationships between Early Years practitioners and parents.  As the practice of empowering parents to be fully involved in their young children’s learning and development has been more widely adopted, the positive impact of this on children’s attainment and wellbeing has become evident.

Beginning with the core belief that parents are their children’s first and most important educators, we can build on this as a great basis for parent partnership.

What do we mean by 'parents'?

All references to parents on this website include:
Fathers and mothers; non-resident parents; foster parents; those with parental responsibility; others with care of a child such as grandparents.

Engaging parents

Starting Out provides a perfect, non threatening tool for engaging parents and developing effective partnerships in that it provides them with the answers to the vital questions of why their role in their child’s early development is crucial and also gives them the ‘how’ via the borrowing of Activity Sacks.  Starting Out is based on the use of simple low cost/no cost activities in and around the home which families can easily replicate.  It has also been found that giving parents information on brain development, early childhood development and the pivotal role parents play is a big motivator.


Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage