Everyone knows that being around children all day is just as rewarding as it can be tiresome. Some child care center directors or teachers may find it difficult to maintain that sparkly smile we all put on at the beginning of the day. With that, I would like to share a few tips on how to ensure you, as a child care center employee, are nurturing your parent relationships as much as you are with the children you care for on a daily basis.
1. Recognize and Acknowledge Your Aligned Interest Everyone is here for the same reason: the children! By working together and remembering to remain empathetic when a confused or angry parent comes around, you cannot go wrong. It is important that parents feel valued and respected when they leave their children in your child care center. The better you understand that child’s home life, the easier it will be to ensure that the parent trusts you with their pride and joy.
2. Good News Is The Best News Always remain positive! No parent wants to hear about the mishaps of their child outside of their care. Often, they don’t believe it. This is why it is so important to lead each interaction that you have with parents with good news. Once you have praised both the child, as well as subliminally praised the parent, then there is a less hardened platform to discuss any misbehavior that may have happened throughout the day.
3. Take Time To Discuss Your Educational and Developmental Goals Every parent wants to know the play-by-play each day. By taking the time to discuss what their child will be doing each day, whether learning the alphabet or sensory play, it is important that mom and dad are in the know. Once you have reached out to parents, the trust will automatically build itself. Some ways to do this are newsletters, journaling software, daily assessments, etc. Communication is key. (Read the SmartCare guide to parent communication here.)
Relationships are constantly changing and adjusting; from the time we are children until we are adults, we are building our own relationships. Parent are the most important people in children’s early lives. Parents have the opportunity to showcase the world and everything wonderful in it to these children. But as they say, it does indeed take a village to raise a child, and a village thrives off trust.