A1 Journal article (refereed)
Trust in the educational partnership narrated by parents of a child with challenging behaviour (2021)

Rautamies, E., Vähäsantanen, K., Poikonen, P.-L., & Laakso, M.-L. (2021). Trust in the educational partnership narrated by parents of a child with challenging behaviour. Early Years, 41(4), 414-427. https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2019.1582475

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All authors or editorsRautamies, Erja; Vähäsantanen, Katja; Poikonen, Pirjo-Liisa; Laakso, Marja-Leena

Journal or seriesEarly Years



Publication year2021


Issue number4

Pages range414-427


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67405


This study examined trust in educational partnership in the context of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Finland, from the viewpoint of parents of a child with challenging behaviour. Typically, such children have difficulties in regulating their behaviour and emotions. Semi-structured interviews with 23 parents were content-analysed in a narrative framework. The analysis revealed two critical elements of trust in educational partnership: (1) Child well-being in the day care centre, and (2) a supportive parent–educator relationship and collaboration. Critical factors in the first element of trust were educators’ respectful and good-quality relationships with the child and fair and meaningful pedagogical practices. The second element of trust included educators’ support of parents as capable mothers and fathers, and encouragement of parents as active partners in the educational partnership. These findings enrich understanding of the development of trust in educational partnership when working with the parents of a child with challenging behaviour

Keywordsproblem behaviourearly childhood education and careparentspartnershiptrust

Free keywordschallenging behaviour; early childhood education; educational partnership; parent

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating1

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