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Telling Parents Only What They Want to Hear About Their Child - Should We Be Covering Up the Truth?

By Warwick Marshall
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Parent communication about child

As early childhood teachers we are constantly making judgements on what information to give parents about their children and what information to withhold.

But in whose best interests are we acting for when we make these judgements?

Have early childhood services unwittingly evolved a culture of telling parents only what they want to hear? What impact is this having on child well-being and on parents' ability to make informed decisions about their child's care and upbringing?

I discuss these questions and issues below and cover approaches that are used. You may also find thought-provoking and helpful to read below the range of views expressed by early childhood practitioners on this matter. 

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