Involvement of Parents in Educational Activities and in Support of Child Development in Pre-School Institutions
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Lapsevanemate kaasamine õppe- ja kasvatustegevustes ja lapse arengu toetamisel koolieelses lasteasutuses
Course title in English
Involvement of Parents in Educational Activities and in Support of Child Development in Pre-School Institutions
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Autumn semester
Kerstin Kööp (language of instruction:English, Estonian)
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To provide knowledge of the possibilities of involving parents in preschool institutions; to create preschool child care teachers the possibilities to develop skills required to involve parents through practical activities; to give an overview of creating positive relationships and maintaining them in a group of preschool children.
Brief description of the course
The course focuses on the following topics:
- Family and kindergarten as collaborating partners. Principles of partnership: Respect and trust.
- Educational partnership as expert interaction, shared education task, supporting the child
- Different options and forms of co-operation.
- Developmental interviews in the kindergarten.
- A child’s development portfolio.
- Sociality and social relationships in the kindergarten.
- Supporting children’s collaboration in educational activities.
- Theoretical bases of the definition of bullying behaviour, its emergence and research.
- Identifying and preventing conflict.
- Methods and tools for the prevention of bullying behaviour in a preschool child care institution (programmes ‘Free of Bullying!’, Persona Dolls).
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- plans and organises parent meetings; prepares for developmental interviews relying on the requirements of organisation’s internal and national normative documents, conducts interviews with parents aimed at supporting the learner’s development;
- creates a positive environment for communication and acts relying on good communication practices; shows respect and caring when communicating, knows how to behave and good manners, shapes values for students with their example;
- accepts people’s differences and considers them when collaborating, values collaboration;
- can find evidence-based articles and web materials to support the learner and parent.
Kerstin Kööp, MA