Enhancing the Relationship Between Families and Child Care Centers

January 13, 2014

 

You have now selected the perfect daycare or preschool for your child. But that is only the beginning of ensuring your child benefits as much as possible from his or experience. Building a positive relationship with your child’s caregivers is extremely important – you expect them to keep nurture your child and keep he or she safe, while the center also has expectations of you as a parent. Here are some important tips for enhancing the relationship between your family and your child’s caregivers.

1. Be prompt and courteous. This should go without saying, but it is important that your child is picked up on time each day. Obviously, sometimes things happen that may cause you to run late – a quick phone call to your child’s daycare center shows you respect the time of your child’s caregivers. In addition, ensure that payment is made on time. The key is to show others the same respect you expect.

2. Be efficient with paperwork. For the mere safety of your child, it is important that you turn in all required paperwork, such as immunizations, medical release forms, and informational data on time. This is the first bit of knowledge the caregivers will receive about your child and how to best care for he or she. In addition, ensure that you read any notices that are sent home with your child – information on these notices are valuable and inform you things such as special events and center closings/holidays.

3. Communicate and listen. It is of utmost importance for you to communicate with your child’s caregivers each and every day. Inform staff of any changes in your child’s routine, illness, or if your child needs extra attention one day for any given reason (i.e. restless night before). It is also extremely important to listen to feedback from your child’s caregiver and respect his or her expertise. You want to maintain an open and comfortable line of communication with your child’s caregiver.

4. Be involved and participate. As much as your schedule will permit, participate in your child’s ‘classroom’ – volunteer to read to the group, chaperone field trips (as your child gets older), donate items to the group. As your child moves to the older daycare groups and preschool, offer to share your profession with the group – adults fascinate young children! Most importantly, get to know your child’s caregivers and the other children and families in your child’s group or classroom – relationships are the most important tools to a positive daycare experience!

Sources:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_building-a-good-relationship-with-your-childs-caregivers_5943.bc

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  • TUFAN CHAKRABORTTY
    April 28, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you for such great type of articles to understand how to enriched relationship between care center and Family.

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  • Heidi Bookenstock
    August 10, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    After taking a few years off to take care of my daughter, it's time for me to return to work, which means I'll need to […] Read MoreAfter taking a few years off to take care of my daughter, it's time for me to return to work, which means I'll need to find a day care for my daughter. I really want to have a good relationship with the child care center, so I really appreciate the tips in this article. It's important to pick your child up on time, and give a call if you're running late. Read Less

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  • Sherry Gajos
    August 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I really like what you said about how important it is to turn in all the required paperwork on time to your daycare. My husband […] Read MoreI really like what you said about how important it is to turn in all the required paperwork on time to your daycare. My husband and I are looking to move to a new city, so I want to find a good daycare for our children and ensure our kids are taken care of properly. Thank you for the advice about doing this to make sure the caregivers will get the information they need to best care for the kids. Read Less

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  • Betsy Tribe
    December 03, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Very nice blog. It's amazing how simple these tips are, but amazing at how much of a difference they can make if followed. Thanks for […] Read MoreVery nice blog. It's amazing how simple these tips are, but amazing at how much of a difference they can make if followed. Thanks for sharing. Read Less

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