Special Needs

Engaging Parents in the Early Years

The new SEND Code of Practice puts greater emphasis on engaging parents and carers in making decisions and shaping their child’s education. What might this look like in an early years setting? Sonia Blandford and Catherine Knowles investigate.

Parent and carer engagement has a very distinct and wide reaching effect on children’s aspirations. Parents with low aspirations often pass this on to children. Furthermore, parents who do not understand the education system of which their child is a part may struggle to communicate aspirations to their children. For children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, it is particularly important that parents and carers are not only engaged with their child’s learning and development, but have a ‘voice’ in that process.1

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