Volume 3, Issue 3
between parents and caregivers in the early childhood setting is very
important. Both parents and caregivers
have a goal of providing children with the best learning and growing
environments. Caregivers should strive
to create trust between the parents and themselves so they can work together
for the good of the children.
between parents and caregivers involves using an open communication system that
benefits the children, parents and caregivers. Caregivers are better able to
help children learn when they communicate with the parents about the child. They learn from the parents about each
child's family, culture, home life, and language.
In the early
childhood setting, we communicate with parents for a variety of reasons. In all our interactions with parents, we
should create a positive and trusting environment by being respectful and
After parents have
decided to enroll their child, seize your chance to get to know them and
encourage them to become involved in the classroom or at the facility. Greet parents at arrivals and dismissals. Make parents, who may be uncomfortable with
the school environment, feel at ease.
Tell parents about
yourself and your goals for
the children in your class. Let them know when
you are available for
meetings with them.
Explain the child
care facility's policies and
answer any questions they might have. Inform
them of any special events.
It may be hard to
communicate with parents
who have long work schedules. You may not
even see many of these parents because
send another relative or a close friend to transport the child to and from
the facility. Other parents may find it
hard to get involved in special activities because of an evening work
schedule. Keep these parents informed of
classroom happenings and special events through written notes, telephone or
We communicate in
various ways and with many different styles.
When we practice methods of positive and open communication, we can get
to know parents and encourage them to build a partnership with us. Children, parents and teachers all benefit
from the partnership.
Join the CCEI Discussion Thread and share the methods your center uses to include working parents in school activities. To help you learn more about positive communication and building parent
partnerships, CCEI offers courses CCEI520 & CCEI520P1 - Parent Communication and Family
Building Parent - Teacher Partnerships
The day-to-day reality of many families is
different today than a generation ago. Family
members spend far less time together and
adults often face an on-going struggle to
balance the demands of their families and their
jobs. While these pressures can cause parents
to participate less in their children's lives, there
remains a great need for them to be involved in
their children's education.
Courtesy of National Association for the
Education of Young Children
|Preschool Teacher Communication: Ways for Early Childhood Educators to Communicate with Parents|
Communication among early
childhood teachers and parents is
important. This article offers
preschool educators ways to
effectively communicate with parents.
In the online publication titled,
"Teaching Our Youngest: A Guide for
Preschool Teachers, Childcare, and
Family Providers," the U.S.
Department of Education says "As a
teacher, you and the children's parents and caregivers are partners in helping to get the children ready for future school success. Good communication with parents and caregivers can build support for and strengthen the important work that you are doing in the classroom." There are a variety of methods that early childhood teachers can use to effectively communicate with parents.
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