Why Parent Involvement is So Important in Early Childhood Education?
“Children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership to support young children’s learning.”
Some of a child’s most important cognitive development happens during their early childhood years. By taking an active role in the early childhood education process, parents can help to ensure that their child has all the support they need to develop to their full potential. Not only does family involvement help to extend teaching outside of the early years setting; it creates a more positive experience for children and helps them to perform better when they are in school.
“Parental involvement in children’s learning is beneficial. Research shows it leads to better educational, social, and emotional outcomes for children. In addition, a report from the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY) has found parental involvement contributes to overall student positive attainment, behaviour and attendance at school”
As early childhood educators, our relationships are at the heart of everything we do. Genuine, positive relationships with children, families and each other are essential if we want to achieve positive outcomes. When we think about relationships it is usually relationships with children that spring to mind. But the relationships and partnerships that we build with families are just as important. Working with parents is rewarding, challenging and always full of possibilities. We strive for the best possible outcomes for our children and this happens when our educators and family members work together:
A sense of belonging and welcoming is essential to our families so that they feel comfortable being in our service and feel that they can contribute to what we do. Children also learn how to act by watching how their family members interact with our educators. If families feel happy and welcome then children will too.
Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.
“When you enrol a child, you enrol a family”
OUTCOME 1: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF IDENTITY · Children feel safe, secure, and supported
OUTCOME 2: CHILDREN ARE CONNECTED WITH AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR WORLD · Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation