Leading learning together with families

Parents and carers are their children’s first educators and know and understand their children best.  In our role as early years practitioners, it is crucial we build positive relationships with parents and carers, actively seek out their ideas and views and value the contributions they make.  The information on this page aims to help us think about the various ways we can work together with families to build strong, trusting relationships. Realising the Ambition asks us to think about ‘leading through learning together with families’ and highlights three main aspects which contribute to this picture.  These are, parental involvement, parental engagement and family learning. Click on the images below to find information and ideas which can support your setting to lead learning together with families.

FL 2    Parental Involvement 

FL 3Parental Engagement FL 1 Family Learning

The Highland Digital Schools Hub has useful guidance to support families with learning at home. Parent Club offers up-to-date guidance from the Scottish Government on children’s health and education. It’s full of hints and tips from other parents and carers who’ve been there before. It also has advice to help parents look after their own wellbeing and to point them in the direction of the support available. Play Scotland’s Parents and Families page signposts a range of practical ideas to support play in and around the home.