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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator ⇒ Unit 2.5: Work in partnership ⇒ Identify different family structures

Identify different family structures

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.5: Work in partnership
Learning outcome: 2. Understand how to work in partnership
Assessment criteria: 2.3 Identify different family structures

  • Family structures today are more diverse than they have been historically. Some of these structures include:
    • Two parent families (may be married or unmarried, gay or straight)
    • Single parent families
    • Families where children are cared for by other family members, such as older siblings or grandparents
    • Reconstituted families – children live with one natural parent and a step parent, they may also have step-siblings
    • Families where the parents have split up and the children spend some of their time with one parent and the rest of the time with the other
    • Extended families – children live with their parents and other relations, such as grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins etc.
    • Communal families – a group of parents and children live together caring for one another
    • Foster families – temporary care of a child by another family because their own parents are unable or unwilling to support them

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