Community participation in early childhood education


By Karen Hope

The old African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ aptly summarises the value of community. It considers the welfare and education of our youngest citizens to be a communal responsibility. But what does this mean in the early learning context? This Research in Practice Series title will help educators understand the benefits of forging partnerships with the wider community.



This Research in Practice Series title describes:

  • what the words ‘community’ and ‘partnership’ mean and how to apply these in the early learning context
  • how educators can find out who is part of their local community
  • how theory can support strong community connections.

It uses case studies and tips from practitioners to demonstrate examples of community partnerships and the value they hold. Through each of these examples and scenarios, educators will be able to see not only the challenges that working this way might present but also the infinite possibilities of thinking beyond their immediate boundaries. Each chapter includes practice considerations with a range of provocations for staff teams, as well as practical strategies to implement these ideas.

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Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 18 cm



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