The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many early learning professionals to connect with parents and families in an entirely new way — providing support for parents who are educating and caring for their children at home full-time. Parents are now receiving so much information about teaching their children at home, that it can quickly become overwhelming. While these resources are helpful, one of the best things that you can do to actually help parents is to help them feel empowered. No one knows their little ones like they do, and it is important to remind them that by trusting their instincts, they will get through this!
A warm, welcoming environment helps to build meaningful relationships between families and caregivers that benefit teachers, parents and, especially, children. When parents feel comfortable, recognized, and valued, a positive bond forms between caregivers and families, and children feel safe and cared for.
Are you struggling to find ways to effectively communicate and connect with families? Janis Keyser’s book, From Parents to Partners, is an excellent resource that provides quick and helpful tools to help you successfully connect with parents and families.
Although separation anxiety is a very normal part of child development, it is still stressful… for children, parents, and caregivers. When children feel sad or anxious, it is important for us to have a clear understanding of what is going on in order to properly support their needs. With this understanding, we can create a plan with children and their parents that supports each child’s individual transition process.
The answer might surprise you! Zero to Three recently published the results of a parent survey in Key Findings for Early Childhood Professionals and Teachers. Check out this article to find out who parents turn to and trust when they are looking for parenting advice.
Communication with parents is a critical ingredient to your effectiveness as a child caregiver and educator. Sometimes, these connections can feel challenging as they require a delicate balance of mutual trust, honesty, respect and understanding. Check out this article for simple ways to develop conversations with parents, as shared by Educa’s article The Secrets of Good Parent-Teacher Communication in ECE.