The Two Year Old Offer: Exploring parents’ choice not to participate.

Owen, Alex (2017) The Two Year Old Offer: Exploring parents’ choice not to participate. In: European Early Childhood Education Association Conference, August 2017, Bologna. (Unpublished)

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A recent Government initiative in England has sought to provide two-year-olds, from disadvantaged backgrounds, with free early education and care. The take up of this offer by parents has varied and the aim of this research was to understand why. There is increased understanding of the importance of high quality early years education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, in relation to their future attainment and future life chances (Sylva et al., 2004, Sylva et al., 2014). Conceptually 'Funds of Knowledge' formed the basis for the work with the view that parents are knowledgeable and competent to make
positive decisions for their children (Gonzalez, Moll & Amanti, 2005). A small scale, qualitative study was undertaken with the parents. An online questionnaire was used to gather the data. Parents provided their views concerning the offer and the reasons behind their choice not to participate. Full ethical clearance was obtained for the project ensuring that participants
were fully aware of the parameters of the study. Participant consent was achieved in advance and participants were given the opportunity to withdraw their contribution at any time. The study revealed some key findings concerning the reasons why parents chose not to participate with the offer. These were related to parental perceptions regarding the impact of the
offer on themselves, as parents, as well as the impact on their child. The findings from this research project have implications for practitioners seeking to support the engagement of parents, with children in their early years, living in disadvantaged contexts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Alex Owen
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 10:22
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 10:22

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