Early childhood educators’ perceptions of parent-child relationships: a qualitative study

O'Connor, Amanda, Nolan, Andrea, Bergmeier, Heidi, Williams-Smith, Janet and Skouteris, Helen 2018, Early childhood educators’ perceptions of parent-child relationships: a qualitative study, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 4-15, doi: 10.23965/AJEC.43.1.01.

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Title Early childhood educators’ perceptions of parent-child relationships: a qualitative study
Author(s) O'Connor, Amanda
Nolan, AndreaORCID iD for Nolan, Andrea orcid.org/0000-0003-3519-6317
Bergmeier, Heidi
Williams-Smith, Janet
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 43
Issue number 1
Start page 4
End page 15
Total pages 12
Publisher Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Place of publication Fyshwick, A.C.T.
Publication date 2018-03
ISSN 1836-9391
Keyword(s) teachers
parent and child
family relationships
professional development
developmental therapy
Summary PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS are the most critical for children’s social and emotional development and wellbeing. While parent-child relationship support programs are well documented, there are none designed for educators' use within early education and care settings. To inform development of an educator program, an understanding of educators’ everyday practices, their role in supporting parent-child relationships and children’s social and emotional development was sought. Educators reported the importance of parent-child relationships, yet were hesitant to engage with parents. Educators’ knowledge was primarily implicit—drawing on observations and practical experiences to build their knowledge of relationships and social and emotional development—which contributed to reluctance in sharing their knowledge with parents. Educators requested theoretical, evidence-based approaches to build further knowledge and inform everyday practices in supporting parent-child relationships. These findings are critical to the development of an educator-led parent-child relationship program for use within education and care settings.
Language eng
DOI 10.23965/AJEC.43.1.01
Field of Research 130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified
130399 Specialist Studies In Education not elsewhere classified
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, Early Childhood Australia
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