Working With Parents and Families


Sílvia Blanch Gelabert, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Ute Ward, University of Hertfordshire, UK


  • To share international research, experiences and understandings of the role of the family in early childhood education
  • To discuss, reflect and challenge the power relationships between families and workers in research studies and work with parents and families.
  • To provide a forum for the voice of parents and families in educational research
  • To support the development of appropriate methodologies for research with parents and families to investigate how families support their children’s growth and development.
  • To explore workforce issues that arise through the development of different ways of working with parents and families across a number of disciplines e.g. early childhood education and family work


Click here to view the 2017-18 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2016-17 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2014-15 report (pdf)

News & Events

  • EECERA 19th Conference, Thessaloniky. Self organised symposium of the SIG Working with Parents and Families. Sue Docked, Bob Perry, Ute Ward and Sílvia Blanch presented “WORKING WITH PARENTS AND FAMILIES: THE PROFESSIONALISM FROM THE PRACTITIONERS AND PARENTS POINT OF VIEW”.


  • The Special Interest Group Meeting: Working with Parents and Families, toock place on Tuesday 19 of august at 13-30h. on the Tower Building,Faculty of Education, A.U.TH. We did share our interests, experiences, had some discussion about the mission statemen and wrote a first draft of the SIG Principles and values for practitioners and researcher. Soon we will share the document in this site.


Activities & Publications

Publication: “Working with parents and families” published as a Special Issue of the EECERA Journal. April 2018 (Volume 26, number 2). With Ute Ward and Bob Perry as Guest Editors.





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