Soulful play, anyone? Parents and practitioners collaborate in fun and research at the IoE

The Early Years team at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education (IoE) is leading a study on collaboration and partnership in early years, funded by The Froebel Trust (Nov. 2016 – Jan. 2018). Dr Maria Kambouri-Danos, Director of BA in Children’s Development and Learning at the IoE, is the Principal Investigator of the study, which brings together a range of experts in the field.

Previous research has shown that when parents/carers plus educators from setting or schools work together, children have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school.

The aim of the study is twofold, as it seeks:

  • to identify parents’, carers’ and early years professionals’ views on parental involvement, and also
  • to evaluate the efficacy of a programme, planned and delivered to a group of early years teachers and practitioners as well as parents and carers.

We invited early years teachers, practitioners, parents and carers to participate by completing a short survey and also by attending two sessions at the University of Reading; one that took place on 10th May and another to happen on 17th May 4pm-7pm.

The sessions will cover topics such as ‘Soulful Play’, ‘Empowering Partnerships’, ‘Effective communication’ and more. All those working with or caring for early years children are invited to participate.

Attendance is free and places are limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend the second session. Coffee/tea and biscuits will be provided, while we will also try to accommodate requests for child care on the site of the event.

Please follow the link to complete the survey and join us on 17th of May at London Road Campus, Room L24 G06!












Together, for our children!

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