To establish positive and productive relationships with families...
I believe that is is essential to keep open communications with the parents at all times. I do this in several ways. I talk with the parents each and every single day at drop off and pick up. In the morning, it is the perfect opportunity to ask the parents about their child's sleeping routine the night before and to find out whether or not the child has already eaten. In the afternoon or evening , I am albe to talk with them about their childs day. At the end of the day the parents love to hear abouth their child's highlights and accomplishments for that day.
I also keep an accurate daily activity sheet that I send home with the parents at the end of each day. This sheet shows the parents several things:
- when their child's diaper was changed or or when they went to the bathroom
- how much their child ate and what they ate
- how much they drank and what they drank
- comments about their child's daily activities
- any concerns or questions I might have
Another way I keep an open line of communication with the parents is by sending home a weekly newsletter. This newsletter enables to me to inform the parents of the activities planned for the following week. What art projects we will be doing, which songs we will be singing and to encourage the parents involvement.
I encourage the parents to call or stop by at any time and see how things are going. Or to join us for lunch if they are able. It is important for the parents to feel welcome and involved. If the parents are working with their children on something at home, I am more than willing to help them be reinforcing it while their child in in my care. This is important for both the child and the parents to have the same consistency.
I work in partnership with the parents. And I believe that by establishing positive and productive relationships with the parents that I build trust and respect.