This workshop emphasises the importance of engaging with parents and families and it's significance for the children's well-being, identity, learning and development. New understandings will motivate and enable learners to adopt a proactive approach to family engagement that will become a distinguishing aspect of their practice and improve parental relationships and trust.

This workshop is conducted using a participative and interactive style that encourages everyone to discuss and evaluate a range of practical and doable strategies to suit individual approaches to parental and family engagement.

Course Tutor

Margaret Bermingham is currently researching meaningful engagement with parents and families through an MA in Early Childhood Studies in NUI Galway. She completed a BA in Early Childhood Teaching & Learning in Maynooth University in 2018. Additionally, Margaret works as a Professional Placement Tutor with Dublin City University. Margaret founded and managed her own Creche and Playschool and developed as a strong pedagogical leader transforming practice to being playful, child-led and inquiry-based (both indoors & outdoors). Other distinguishing aspects of practice include parental and family partnership and links with the local community. Additional areas of interest include, relationships and interactions, the role of the educator and professional development.

Course Contents

  • Bioecological Systems Theory (The Whole Child Perspective)
  • Relationships
  • Family Diversity & Parenting Styles
  • Whole Setting Approach
  • Current Engagement & Barriers
  • Ways Forward
  • Cooperation

Course Duration and Delivery

Inservice Training Public Training This is a 3h course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event.