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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  • Vivian Black
    December 24, 2019 at 12:38 am

    You made a great point about how you should be involved and participate in different activities like reading or chaperoning. My husband and I have […] Read MoreYou made a great point about how you should be involved and participate in different activities like reading or chaperoning. My husband and I have a daughter who just turned 4 and we want to start putting her in a daycare so I can go back to work. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us out best. Read Less

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  • Prediksi Bola dan Togel Paling Jitu
    December 29, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Awesome article, strike to the point, thanks for sharing

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  • Oscar Morrison
    January 06, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    I appreciate the idea that it's important to maintain open communication with a caregiver for our son. He's starting school next year, so we're […] Read MoreI appreciate the idea that it's important to maintain open communication with a caregiver for our son. He's starting school next year, so we're thinking of taking him to daycare so he can start getting used to being away from home. Finding a place we can feel comfortable leaving him and knowing what's going on would make it a better experience for him. Read Less

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  • Skylar Williams
    January 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I appreciate your tip to pick your child up from daycare on time as well as to pay on time. My sister is going back […] Read MoreI appreciate your tip to pick your child up from daycare on time as well as to pay on time. My sister is going back to work after having her first child three years ago. I'll recommend that she look into daycare options. Read Less

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  • Best Foods
    January 17, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Nice article, waiting for you next article

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