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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  • Thomas Jameson
    June 04, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    It's good to know that you have to turn in all required paperwork for the safety of your child when enrolling them in daycare. My […] Read MoreIt's good to know that you have to turn in all required paperwork for the safety of your child when enrolling them in daycare. My wife and I have been looking into daycare options for our daughter, but we want to make sure we get her the best care possible. We'll keep this information in mind as we move forward with the process and start to complete paperwork. Read Less

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  • Shayla Cademis
    June 10, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for the tip to communicate with a caregiver every day to inform the staff about any changes in the child's routine, health, or temperament. […] Read MoreThanks for the tip to communicate with a caregiver every day to inform the staff about any changes in the child's routine, health, or temperament. My husband and I are looking into different child care services for our toddler since we will both be working full-time next month. Hopefully we will be able to find a great service who will communicate well with us. Read Less

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  • Thomas Westgren
    June 19, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    It makes a lot of sense how you said that you should communicate with a child care center as often as possible and that it's […] Read MoreIt makes a lot of sense how you said that you should communicate with a child care center as often as possible and that it's an essential thing to do. My wife and I are wanting to put our kids in a child care center but we want to coordinate well together as well! We'll have to be sure to communicate and figure out what it is that we want to do for our kids. Read Less

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  • Ellie Davis
    June 24, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I liked that you mentioned the interactions that you can have with your son's child care center. There is nothing more important for us than […] Read MoreI liked that you mentioned the interactions that you can have with your son's child care center. There is nothing more important for us than making sure our little babies are safe and learning a lot. In addition to that, the staff can help you point out potential problems with your baby and how to fix them in order to prevent further issues. Read Less

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  • Derek McDoogle
    July 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I totally agree with you when you said to be involved and participate as much as possible in your child's activities at school. Personally, I […] Read MoreI totally agree with you when you said to be involved and participate as much as possible in your child's activities at school. Personally, I believe that helps your kids to gain more confidence and they know that you care for them. thanks for the advice about communicating and listening are other facts that can help your child's growth. Read Less

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