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Understanding Parents' Attitudes

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Summary

The results of research into the attitudes of two minority groups of parents, British Asian and asylum seeking, at the Early Years Foundation Stage are revealed at the European Early Childhood Research Association Conference (EECERA) 2010.

The research explains how sending home books can be misinterpreted, and having multi-lingual signs in settings can exclude, rather than include children.

Minority parent groups may be angry when one ethnic minority language is spoken as well as English in settings if it's not their home language.

Parents rate the most important outcome of EYFS as obedience and the second as respect. The ability to make decisions and independence was rated as the least desirable outcome of EYFS.

Although adamant that they want to be partners in the education process, these parents challenge traditional western views and the curriculum norms.

The question is, how do settings find a space to respect these often highly educated mums and Dads?

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