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National Childhood Network (NCN)

Partnership with Parents


Partnership with Parents

On this page we aim to support practitioners in their partnership with parents. We will include a range of resources linked to the national framework, which will encompass all the various medium through which you can build successful relationships with parents. If you would like to contribute to this page with articles or pieces of research that you believe would help other practitioners, please send them to

Why not send your parents a video taken before the children arrive, showing parents the environment and what their child or children will be involved in today? Here are two videos using the environment as the third teacher:

Aistear Síolta

The very first step is understanding the true meaning of partnership. You can then review how you are doing in terms of building partnerships with parents and conduct a self-evaluation. The Aistear Síolta Practice Guide has many resources to help you with this, click on the Read More button below to access them.

Aistear and Síolta highlight the important role parents and families play in children’s lives. The Practice Guide uses the term ‘parent’ to refer to the child’s primary caregivers and educators. These include the father and mother and/or guardians.

The two frameworks provide ideas and suggestions to help practitioners build good relationships with parents and
families and give ideas on how to involve them in the early childhood setting. Strong partnerships support all families but are especially helpful for parents in situations that may make it difficult for them to participate in their children’s learning and development as much as they would like……..


Click on the links below to access some great resources for building partnerships with parents.