P.E.A.R is a ‘Parental Engagement and Relationships’ Toolkit and training package designed by CDI based on CDI’s experience over many years of providing parental support services in Early Learning and Care (ELC) Services in Tallaght West.
P.E.A.R is designed to be used as a practical resource for Early Learning and Care Services to support practitioners to develop and maintain strong partnerships and effective working alliances with parents.
P.E.A.R Training is designed to complement the P.E.A.R toolkit and to support ELC practitioners with the implementation of CDI’s model of Parental Engagement.
- Training has been designed by Prof Emer Ring, Dean of Early Childhood and Teacher Education at Mary Immaculate College, Co Limerick in collaboration with Dr Lisha O’Sullivan, Head of the Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies, Mary Immaculate College and Shirley Heaney, National Programme Coordinator, Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) Pro
- Training will be delivered over 6 sessions – each session will be 2.5 hours duration;
- Training has been designed to be interactive, participative and based on reflective practice
Overview of PEAR:
Module 1: Strengths Based Approach to Parenting
- Recognises that parents are the experts when it comes to their children;
- Tips to empower parents in their role as primary educators;
- The benefits of adopting a strengths based approach.
Module 2: Building Relationships
- Explores strategies to build relationships with parents in the initial early contact stages;
- Explores strategies to continue to develop relationships with parents through on-going contact.
Module 3: Inclusion and Partnership
- Focuses on the importance of ensuring the early learning and care setting is inclusive and accessible to all children and their families;
- Hi-lights the importance of including fathers and extended family.
Module 4: Improving the Home Learning Environment
- Outlines how Early Learning and Care Services can support parents to improve the home learning environment;
- Explores the importance of home visiting;
- Sample home visiting policy.
Module 5: Supporting Transitions
- Explores common fears of parents and children;
- Provides strategies to support children and parents with the transition from home to the Early Learning and Care Service and the Early Learning and Care Service to Primary School.
Module 6: Support with childhood difficulties and referrals
- Outlines the process of identifying a concern;
- Outlines factors to consider and strategies to use when discussing an issue with parents;
- Considers the next steps involved and offers recommendations.
Includes a variety of practical resources and templates:
- Induction form – getting to know your child;
- Record of parent meeting;
- Establishing a parent and toddler group;
- Ideas for parents newsletter;
- Ideas for parent tip sheets;
- Parent satisfaction questionnaire.
- Oct 6th – Module 1: Strengths Based Approach to Parenting
- Oct 13th – Module 2: Building Relationships
- Oct 20th – Module 3: Inclusion and Partnership
- Nov 3rd – Module 4: Improving the Home Learning Environment
- Nov 10th – Module 5: Supporting Transitions
- Nov 17th – Module 6: Support with childhood difficulties and referrals
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Cost: €100. This price includes all six modules and a copy of the PEAR toolkit
Venue: This is an online training module delivered via Zoom
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Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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