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A Parent’s Guide to Early Childhood Learning

This guide is for the parents of children between birth and the age of six. Research studies have consistently found that these early years of life are critical to the emotional and intellectual development of a child.

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Parental involvement- A handbook for childcare providers

This handbook is not about whether or not parents should be involved in their children’s education and development, that argument is long over. The majority of providers of childcare in Ireland recognise the need to establish a true partnership with parents based on trust and respect. The challenge remains, however, how to translate theory into practice.

Parental involvement can be defined as engaged participation by parents in a consistent, organised and meaningful way in the consultation, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes and activities that assist their child’s development. It includes regular two-way and meaningful communications between parents and childcare provider and involving parents in decision making. It is essential that parents play an integral role in their child’s development and that they are encouraged to be full partners in their child’s educational and social progress.

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The Right to Play

Untitled 14The Right to Play’ offers short summaries of theory, research and policy issues that can inform the implementation of Article 31 of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. Section 1 is about the concept of play, the ways culture defines play in children’s lives, the role of play within early childhood pedagogy and children’s own views on play. Section 2 looks more closely at the function of play in supporting children’s development, including social, emotional and cognitive benefits. Section 3 is about the opportunities and challenges for realising children’s right to play, including the pressures of early schooling as well as child work, and the implications of commercialisation and the growing place of new technologies in young children’s lives.

Sociology of the Family

Untitled 13This book comprises 18 chapters covering aspects such as Communication, Parenting, Divorce, and Remarriage. The chapters are very accessible, being quite short and including attractive diagrams and pictures. It lends itself to being dipped-into when necessary, rather than being read cover-to-cover, and if you’re the type who fills in the self-analysis quizzes in glossy magazines, you might want to head straight for the worksheet-assessments at the back!
The book is offered free in a range of formats including .mobi for Kindle and .epub for smartphones, iPad and other e-readers.

Untitled 12IACAPAP Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

This global publication by the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions in Geneva is intended for professionals training or practising in mental health, with a particular eye to the needs of those in developing countries. It is based on best clinical practice, reflects the latest research, and will be updated regularly. It is a comprehensive and authoritative book divided into ten sections, each including full-colour pictures, references, and links to multimedia content. Each section can be downloaded as a pdf and kept.

 Responsive Parenting: A Strategy to Prevent Violence

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This edition of Early Childhood Matters addresses the theme of responsive parenting and in particular, the potential for responsive parenting programmes to reduce the incidence of violence against young children.
Articles examine the state of research, experiences in adapting parenting programmes to new cultural contexts, and the experiences of particular projects, with contributions from Jordan, Jamaica, Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Peru, Israel, Turkey and the United States.

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