Research Project: Partnership working in the early years
Partnership working practice in early years is one of the effective strategic planning of the partners such as parents, health and social care professionals and teachers so that the needs and preferences of the children can be acknowledged and fulfilled successfully. It is necessary for the parents and the care professionals to take care of the children and contribute efficiently for their mental and physical development (Topping and Wolfendale, 2017). The aim of the study is to understand the tactics of partnership working at early age so that the children’s upbringings can be developed efficiently so the children can get proper mental and physical health. The objective of the study is to understand the explore the strategic planning of working in partnership in early years so that the children can get proper environment for their upbringings. Through this paper, it is also possible to recommend some suitable suggestions to imporve partnership working where the children can enjoy by ensuring their mental and physical development. in the recent years, there is raising concern among the policy makers, physicians and parents to provide suitable surroundings and environment to the children for their mental and physical development. Hereby, the study is effective to analyse the strategic planning where the family members, parents, care professionals and teachers cooperate with each other and work in a partnership basis for helping the children for their mental and physical development.
2. Methodology ad techniques of the research project
In order to conduct this study, it is important to select appropriate methods so that the researcher can collect effective information that helps to meet the prespecified objective of the study. In this paper, secondary data collection method will be followed in order to gather evidences published through online and offline mode. The researcher focuses on gathering data and information related to partnership working practice in early years through collecting secondary sources such as books, journals, articles etc. where it is posisbel for the researcher to increase vast knowledge regarding the practice of partnership working and its strategy during early years to control and develop the children within suitable environment. On the other hand, qualitative data analysis technique provides a scope to analyse the collected secondary information and, in this study, it is effective for the researcher to evaluate the gathered information successfully for meeting the above-mentioned aims and objectives.
3. Ethical implications of the research
As per the ethical implications, it is the responsibility of the researcher to follow ethical considerations during the project so that there will be no such ethical dilemmas for which the research can be cancelled. Hereby, following ethical consideration provides a scope to the researcher to conduct this study ethically so that it is easy to complete the analysis successfully. In this paper, the researcher follows Data Protection Act 1998 to protect the collected data and ensure that the gathered information is utilised only for this research purpose not others.
4. Literature review
- Working in partnership in early years:
Working in partnership is one of the effective strategic practice through which the partners like parents, family members teachers and care professionals collaborate with each other to protect the children and help them for their development. working in partnership practice is beneficial where it provides a scope to gather and share information with each other and protect the child successfully where it is also easy to give the suitable environment for their mental and physical development. there are many benefits of partnership working practice for which the family members, parents and care professionals try to cooperate with each other to protect the children with care and love (Richter et al., 2017).
- Benefits of partnership working:
The children can settle more easily where the parents and family members as well as care professionals can give secured place for their upbringings. If the children know that their parents and practitioners such as physician, school teacher and childminder are cooperative and supportive, they feel secured and safe which is necessary for the children for their mental and physical development (World Health Organization, 2017). It is also possible for the parents to fulfil the needs and preferences of the children through partnership working and, in this regard, it is an effective tactics in the recent years to work on a partnership basis so that the family members and parents can develop strong bonding with the child where the child can feel safe and secured. in addition to these, trust is another factor that should be developed among the children where the child can share their understanding and share their feelings with the parents and care professionals.
Through partnership working practice, the partners such as child care representative, school teacher and family members mainly parents try to develop trust among the children and build strong relationship with them so that it is easy to share information and acknowledge the needs and preferences of the children. Additionally, improving partnership working is useful to achieve greater equality, mutual respect and satisfaction among the partners which is necessary to protect the child and monitor effective child care successfully. Mutual respect can be developed through partnership working where the parents and care professionals as well as school teachers respect each other’s decision to protect the child and give them the best posisbel environment where they can grow up successfully with beautiful mind and healthy body (Britto et al., 2017).
- Barriers of partnership working:
There are certain barriers for which the partners cannot cooperate such as lack of time for which the parents sometime cannot involve with the child development process. Moreover, use of language is another barrier where the professionals and teachers face difficulties in communicating with the children.
Information sharing is another barrier where the parents and the child care professionals as well as teaching staff fail to share important information about child psychology, needs and preferences of the child and their expectations. it also creates issues for working in partnership due to lack of information sharing where the partners fail to understand the psychology of the child in developing their mind set. Additionally, lack of communication is another barrier for which the family members, parents, teaching staff and care professionals cannot collaborate while working with the child and lack of communication create negative environment for the children where they cannot interact with the parents and other working partners (Black et al., 2017). Lack of record keeping, poor knowledge and lack of confidentiality are also other issues for which the problem of lack of cooperation during working in partnership creates and the partners suffer a lot in caring and developing the child within a suitable environment.
- Strategies of working in partnership during early stage:
There are several tactics of working in partnership during the early age of the children where it is important for the child to get effective and suitable environment to grow up and develop their mind successfully. Hereby, the partners such as the family members, teaching professionals, physicians and the parents try to follow effective strategic planning to cooperate with each other and give the children a suitable environment to grow up successfully. partnership working strategy is beneficial for all the partners at early age where they can protect the children and communicate with them for their successful upbringings.
The family members and the parents try to be cooperative with the child care professionals and teaching staff for successful upbringing of the child. This is an important for ensuring trustworthy relationship with all the partners where the aim of the working in partnership is to provide suitable environment to the child for thein mental and physical development. additionally, another strategy for working in partnership is to spend quality time with the child and develop their understanding through sharing knowledge and it is also another important strategy for improving the mentality of the child at their early age. engagement with the partners including the family members, teaching staff and care professionals are also necessary where it is posisbel for the partners to improve engagement with the child and acknowledge their actual needs and preferences so that they can fulfil it successfully. Moreover, providing learning opportunities to the children is also necessary where working in partnership is helpful to share knowledge and choose the best training program suitable of the children for their mental and physical development.
Apart from that, cooperation and engagement with the health care professionals is also necessary at early age of the children where the parents try to understand the way of caring the child for their physical development including proper diet, healthy eating habits and exercise through which the child’s physical development can be possible. Educational support and internal culture of the school are also effective factors affecting child development where the child can get proper environment for learning and development. Cooperation of the teaching staff is effective where the parents and the teaching professionals can collaborate and provide the best education to the children. Educational support and cooperation with the teachers are therefore also effective for the child development. The parents and the other partners try to communicate and share information where it is possible for the partners to provide effective environment to the child for their upbringings.
Hereby, the strategic planning of working in partnership provide a scope to develop the mental and physical attribute of the children by helping them at their early age. In order to working in an efficient manner, the parents and the other partners try to communicate and collaborate with each other as well as share information. Managing positive culture at the school and maintaining transparency and accountability are also helpful for working in a partnership basis where the partners and the teaching professionals can provide effective environment to the children for their mental development where the children can learn more and gather information successfully (Arthur et al., 2017). Arranging quality time of the children and fulfil the commitment of the parents are also effective strategy to make the children happy and develop them successfully and additionally, the parents are responsible to control the child by acknowledging their needs and preferences so that there is proper involvement and communication among the parents and the children.
5. Findings and discussion
As per the findings, it has been seen that, there is high concern of partnership working practice where the partners like parents, teaching staff and health care professionals try to work with others in order to fulfil the aim of developing the child efficiently by providing them suitable environment. Most of the parents are concerned about communicating with the teaching staff so that they can understand the learning and development tactics and help the children to learn efficiently and gather more knowledge. It is the responsibility of the parents to get involved with the children and cooperate with them for learning and development where they can get proper training which will help to improve their education. Educational training program is therefore important for the children where proper cooperation is needed between the parents and the teaching staff for developing the child. In this regard, communication is the best practice through which the parents try to interact with the teaching staff and acknowledge the expression, preferences ad needs of the children (Palaiologou, 2016). Moreover, it is necessary for the children also to get proper environment where their parents and teaching staff cooperate and involve in the environment of education so that the interest of the children to learn more can be developed. Through cooperative work, open communication, respecting each other’s decision and transparency, it is easy to imporve a culture for more cooperation and collaboration where the parents and other partners such as child minder, physician, psychologist, social workers who are working with children as well as the teaching professionals can cooperate with each other and develop effective environment for child development.
Child’s behaviours are another important aspect where the health and social care professional are concerned about developing child’s mentality successfully and in this regard the parents ty to cooperate with the health care professionals including general physician, child psychologists and social child minder where they are cooperative for understanding the mentality of the children and interact with their parents for successfully developing the child’s behaviour. In the recent years, it is evident that, there are increasing numbers of children who are suffering from anxiety or depression and in this regard working in partnership is essential for supporting and caring the child successfully. In this context, it is the responsibility of the parents and the child phycologist to communicate with the child and acknowledge their perspectives and preferences so that it is easy to support them (Sampson, 2017). The parents and the health care practitioners as well as social workers in this regard play a crucial role in understanding child psychology and cooperate with them for overcoming the issue of anxiety and depression. Hereby, working in partnership is necessary for the parents and other child minder to cooperate with the children and understand their behaviour as well as provide the best possible care to the child for their development.
6. Conclusion and recommendations
It can be concluded that, working in partnership is necessary for developing child’s behaviour and providing a suitable environment to the children for mental and physical development of the children. hereby, the parents of the children try to care and support the children, and, in this regard, it is essential for the parents to improve involvement with the social workers, teachers and health care professionals for taking care of the children by ensuring their mental and physical development. However, there are some barriers for which the partners cannot work cooperatively such as lack of transparency, non-cooperation and lack of communication. It is necessary to overcome these issues and enhance working in partnership, so the partners can develop the child with proper care and support. In order to mitigate the existing issue, it is necessary to enhance communication through open conversation or telephonic conversation where the parents can interact with the health care professionals and teaching staff for developing their child’s behaviour, mentality of the child and physical structure of the child. Moreover, the parents also need to communicate with the teaching professionals for providing them better education so that the child can learn and gather information as well as improve their mind and thinking successfully. Hereby, working in partnership provides an opportunity to the parents, child minder, social workers, teaching staff and health care professionals to protect the child with proper care by building proper involvement band relationship so that the child can feel secured and safe and develop their mentality and behaviour successfully.
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