Written by academics, practitioners and policy makers interested or involved in the development of the Birth to Three Matters framework, this book argues that parent engagement is essential for developing partnerships within communities in order to give children the best start in life, and shows how this can be achieved. The book:
Ann Langston is an early years consultant based at Manchester Metropolitan University. She manages the `Birth to Three Training Matters' project and previously managed the Sure Start /DfES Birth to Three Matters Training Programme. She was a major contributor to the development of the Birth to Three Matters Framework and the Birth to Three Matters Childcare Workforce Materials.
Caroline Barratt-Pugh is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education (0-8 years) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.
Ian Barron is Principal Lecturer in Early Years and Childhood Studies and has wide ranging experience in early childhood settings.
Clare Crowther is Senior Educator at Bridgwater Early Years Centre.
Tricia David is Emeritus Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College, having officially retired in 2001. She was a Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College for seven years and prior to that worked at Warwick University for ten years, having been a headteacher of both nursery and primary schools earlier in her career.
Ann Farrell is Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Co-Leader of the Early Years Research Program at Queensland University of Technology.
Margaret Henry has been a researcher, at the University of Queensland Education Queensland and the School of Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology, in projects concerned with early development, the support of children with special needs, childcare, and collaboration with Indigenous families.
Rachel Holmes is a Research Associate and Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Kim Holyman is the Care Manager in charge of under threes provision and family support at Tamworth Early Years Centre in Staffordshire.
Elizabeth Howard is the Health Lead for a Sure Start programme where she supports and initiates contact with parents and carers of children 0-4 years of age and expectant mothers and is involved with strategies for health development.
Julie Jennings is a trained teacher who has specialized in the care and education of children with special educational needs and disabilities. She is also a Froebel trained early childhood teacher. For RNIB, as Early Years Development Officer, her work promotes early childhood provision for children with a visual impairment, and their families.
Iris Keating is a Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Alison Lockley trained as a Youth and Community Development worker and for ten years in supported housing, providing accommodation for single homeless people with a variety of support needs.
Helen Moylett works for the DfES as a regional director for the Foundation Stage.
Sue Owen is Director of the Early Childhood Unit at the National Children's Bureau.
Carla Patterson is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Research at Queensland University of Technology.
Stephanie Petrie is a Senior Social Worker at the University of Liverpool.
Doctor John Powell is Senior Lecturer and Multi-Professional Coordinator in Early Childhood Studies at the Institute of Education at MMU with particular interests in child protection, equal opportunities, children's rights, multi-professional perspectives, professional development and research.
Mary Rohl is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.
Professor Collette Tayler is Professor and Head of the School of Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology.
Doctor Lee Tennent is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Learning Innovation at Queensland University of Technology.
Why parents matter
Becoming a family
Everyday activities at home: meeting our developmental needs with our young children
`Don't you tell me what to do'
Helen Moylett and Kim Holyman
Parents and child protection matter
Evaluating `better beginnings'
Caroline Barratt-Pugh and Mary Rohl
Health matters to families
`Arty farty nonsense?' Working with parents in the art gallery
Special lives: Working with parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities
`Observe more... do less": The approaches of Magda Gerber to parent education
Sue Owen and Stephanie Petrie
Young parents matter
John Powell and Alison Lockley
Children and parents matter: Research insights from integrated child and family services in Australia
Ann Farrell, Lee Tennent, Collette Tayler and Carla Patterson