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Towards Warm Relationships between Families and Practitioners, Karel de Grote University College

An increasing number of families make use of after school care on school days and/or during holidays. At the same time the organization model of after school care has changed in a way that the care setting is meant to be safe environment where children feel at home and from where they can also participate in activities in other settings. The social role of after school care becomes more important as well. For a lot of families, the care setting is a meeting place that them with the opportunity to share the responsibility of the education of their children with others. 

 With these new roles of after school care, good relations with parents are crucial. Next to this, research in other sectors, like education and pre-school care, shows that parental involvement increases the wellbeing of children and parents and improves the quality of care.

In different ways we notice that after school care professionals find it hard to work on the improvement of relations with parents. In this project we aim to develop an instrument coaches can use to support them on this. First we will detect  success factors and needs by mapping inspiring practices, interviewing involved people (practitioners, coordinators,  parents, children, school teachers, , …) and reviewing literature. Afterwards two teams will take part in an action research: a coach will support them in strengthening their relations with parents. During this action research, we develop the coaching instrument. 


Institution: Karel de Grote-Hogeschool

Contact: Dietlinde Willockx, dietlinde.willockx@kdg.be, + 32 (0)3 613 15 28, + 32 (0)483 03 80 53

Address: Campus Zuid, Montignystraat, 2018 Antwerp

Partners: Kiko, VVSG, City of Antwerp, Huis van het Nederlands Antwerpen


 



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