Interacting With Your Child’s Teacher:
Enrolling your child in a child care facility or school is one of the most important decisions that you will make as a parent. Maintaining a strong relationship with your child’s teacher will help with this transition. Communicating with your child’s teacher opens up the perfect opportunity to discuss your child’s developmental advancements, along with any problems or issues that may arise.
Voice Your Concerns And Feelings:
Make concerns you may have known to your child’s teacher. Just as it is important for you to know how your child interacts away from you, it is helpful for your child’s instructor to know of any special needs or concerns you may have for your child no matter how small they may seem. This could include new behaviors or phases your child is going through, an illness they may be getting over, or a new medication they are taking. It is extremely important to keep your child care center informed of any important changes. After all, you are entrusting them to nurture and educate your child while you are away.
Attending Parent -Teacher Conferences:
Make it a priority to attend any scheduled parent-teacher conferences if time allows. These meetings are a great time to discuss kids’ developmental and social progress. This type of conference should create the perfect chance to listen and openly communicate with your preschooler`s teacher.
If your son or daughter`s teacher has concerns with your son or daughter, try not to become defensive. This could make an instructor or teacher more hesitant to approach you with any concerns they may have in the future. Try to ask direct questions and keep a positive mindset. Most issues that arise in preschools can be solved by working with your toddler`s teacher to correct the problem or concern. Your child’s teacher may have suggestions for activities to practice at home with your child. For example, a teacher may suggest writing letters or practicing cutting skills at home for a child that needs extra work with fine motor skills.
If for any reason your work schedule prohibits you from being able to attend your child’s scheduled conference, make alternate plans with your child’s instructor to meet at a convenient time for you both. Discussing your child’s developmental strengths and/or concerns is extremely important.
Volunteering when time allows at your child’s daycare is a great way to observe firsthand how your child interacts with their peers and the staff. Volunteering is a great way to make yourself familiar with the students and staff and spend time with your child as well. Ask your child’s teacher or daycare director how they could use your help at their facility. Holiday parties and fundraisers can be a great way to get involved and build relationships with the staff at your child’s daycare.
Showing Your Appreciation:
Just as you would praise your child for positive behavior, thank and encourage your child’s teacher for all the hard work they put behind teaching and watching your child. Child care can be a challenging field of work. Daycare directors, teachers, and assistants spend countless hours with your child- nurturing, educating, helping them reach new milestones and setting the foundation for your child’s education. Make your gratitude and appreciation known!