Parents can be supported in their very important role as the most important people in their children’s lives by child care providers and preschool teachers. Parents and child care providers are partners who communicate respectfully with each other for the benefit of the children.
There may be differences between the two environments: home and child care/preschool. Children are very aware of those differences. They will watch their parent(s) and their caregiver’s interactions.
To support the parents and keep them “Top Dad” and “Top Mom”, here’s a few ideas:
- acknowledge children’s primary caregivers may also be single dads or moms, aunts, uncles, grandparents or guardians.
- send home projects the child made.
- help parents with separations from their child.
- be careful to NOT compete with the parents for the child’s affections.
- discuss a child’s behavior with a parent in a positive way.
- respect each family’s religious belief.
- create a parent resource bulletin board.
- have parenting and child development books and DVDs for parent use.
- acknowledge support for parents can come from caregivers.
- helps parents understand how children develop.
- maintains confidentiality.
- supports family’s culture and language.
- communicates regularly in writing.