Parent Partnerships and Learning

The Mining Minds approach to working with parents is founded on what we know about andragogy (adult learning); that adults are internally motivated and self-directed, they bring life experience and knowledge to learning experiences, they are goal oriented, relevancy oriented, practical, and as learners they like to be respected. Facilitated discussion groups are parent-centred, flexible and responsive in order to make research information accessible and digestible at multiple entry points. Building trust and relationships is key to the supportive community element of these groups, which in turn have secondary benefits of both capacity and relationship-building within the broader community that go beyond the first goal of supporting parent-child relationships. This project links to the Minerals Australia Social investment strategy; Education Sub-plan. In particular the project will build capacity in parents to reduce vulnerability in the Early Years.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) Book Club

The Emotional Intelligence Book Club has been running as a weekly event since 2017. Beginning with some songs followed by two stories and morning tea, this session models reading with children for parents and showcases children’s books that support the development of emotional literacy. This weekly event also facilitates socialisation, play and the building of relationships with local parents.


Project Aims

  • To model and raise awareness of the power of books to support the development of literacy, emotional literacy and emotional intelligence in babies and young children. 

  • To create a regular social touch-point with families where struggles, questions and ideas around the development of emotional intelligence can be discussed, relationships strengthened, and the child development knowledge of the Mining Minds team made visible and accessible to families in the community.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) Parent group  

In direct response to a request from two local parents who regularly attend the E.I Book Club, this facilitated parent enquiry group was created to support local parents with a weekly time and space to question, discuss and think deeply about their parenting goals and experiences. Supported by a closed Facebook group where relevant research is posted after each session in response to the topics raised by parents, participants are positioned as researchers and supported to drive their personal development and learning.


Project Aims

  • Provide a safe space for parents to:

  • think deeply about their parenting goals and values

  • question assumed or culturally-transmitted knowledge about child development

  • consider and critically analyse research-based information and strategies

  • understand and respect that due to differences in child temperament, culture and family values, equally successful parenting can look considerably different between families

Circle of Security

Founded on decades of Attachment Theory research, Circle of Security International have developed this 8-week parent reflection model to support parents in understanding, identifying and responding to the needs that are driving babies and children’s behaviour. In these workshops parents and carers practice both reflecting on and interpreting behaviour whilst learning about children’s attachment needs. Participants are given opportunities to reflect on their own experiences of being parented and apply their developing skills and understanding to their parenting or care of children. Although designed specifically for parents and foster carers, Circle of Security International also endorse this 8-week reflection program as a form of professional development for early childhood professionals.


Project Aims

  • To support parents in cultivating their reflective capacity and observation skills

  • To support parents in the development of both theoretical understanding of attachment and skills to recognise when a child’s attachment system is activated

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