Parents as Partners
- A practitioner gives quick feedback to a parent about her child settling in by showing her photos of her child through the camera display.
- The children have taken many photographs. Here they look through the thumbnails and decide what they would like to print.
- Using technology to put a heicopter together. Here it has got complicated and an adult helps out, the children show great concentration so that they can see how it works and take this on for themselves.
Use technology to work with parents as partners:
- Use the internet to translate common words into other languages so you are able to use them with children and their families e.g. You could make your own ‘Welcome’ poster: "Welcome" in over 325 languages.
- Learn to say some key words in the languages of families in your setting to greet and welcome parents, carers and children: Newbury Park School Language of the Month.
- Use photographs in your talks with families about their children’s progress to support what you are saying.
- Make a ‘special book’ of photos that celebrates children’s interests and achievements at home and in the setting. Children could contribute to this with their families as well as the setting.
- If possible build a website (get in touch with your local authority to see how they can help and what they provide) to involve families in the setting, particularly those who work long hours and find it hard to attend.
- If possible offer to be in touch with families through email, phone, letters or messages through friends. ICT can add to the flexibility of how we keep in regular contact with families.
- Provide positive models in your uses of technology in communications with home and workshop/parent evenings.
- If possible provide family learning sessions around technology, perhaps showing families the uses children make of technology in your setting and leading into opportunities for sign posting to adult learning.
- Make books and magazines available for parents to read.
Work with parents in a two way partnership to understand children’s experiences of technology at home and in the setting:
- Listen to parents’ stories from home about their children’s interests and uses of technology, try and understand their children’s experiences with technology. See Children grow up in technologically rich environments for information on research carried out through Stirling University, ‘Already at a disadvantage?’.
- Ensure parents are involved in your ICT policy and give written permission for using photographs of their children
- Provide support to parents in their children’s home uses of technology; do they need help with finding appropriate software or to discuss how to manage restricted time at a computer?
- Look at Planning for Home Setting Links for further ideas on working with families over children’s experiences with technology.