Unit 114

Unit 114 Engage Parents in their Children’s Early Learning

1.1 Explain key research findings which show the importance of parental involvement in their children’s learning in their early years

The Parents, Early Years and Learning (PEAL) project was funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) for two years April 05-April 07 with the task of gathering and assessing existing knowledge and best practice in working with parents to involve them in young children’s learning. The main aim of the PEAL project centred around the partnership and best practise/knowledge of the practitioner and parent towards the child's learning. Sixteen large scale regional PEAL training events were successfully held and the overall feedback was very positive with 87% of participants saying they feel more motivated to involve parents in their children’s learning, and 79% feeling an increased confidence in their own ability to work in partnership with parents.
Conclusive evidence was drawn from the PEAL projects/training that what parents do at home with young children has the greatest impact on a child’s social, emotional and intellectual development.
Findings show the most important factor of parental involvement is that, the setting will have better understanding and knowledge of the child’s learning and progress, from this there can be sharing of information between parents/ carers and the setting about the child’s development, their learning and their interests. It is important for settings to understand this importance as the parents are the children’s first teacher and will provide valuable knowledge and information and should be viewed as equals. By promoting the parental
involvement they can hopefully improve a child’s learning but learning together as a family, where they can support each other’s education and create positive attitudes towards learning in the family. To maintain and support the parental involvement that has already been established by...