It is very important for carers and parents to have an open and friendly relationship so that they can work together to bring up a child in the best way and promote healthy development. However, sometimes busy carers and parents find it hard to connect during emotional pick-ups and drop-offs. ere are some tips that can help.
Try to leave some extra time
While it can be hard to get out the door in the morning, and most of us don't want to sacrifice even a few minutes in bed, it can be really useful to have a few minutes extra to have even a brief chat with your child's carer. This can help you to connect but importantly it also shows your child that the two of you share a positive relationship. This can help them to feel more settled in their childcare setting.
Use a communication book
If you find it hard to remember and pass on the information you need it can be a great idea have a small notebook where you write down important information. This could include how well the child has eaten and slept as well as information on whether the child is on any medication. You can also include developmental information 'he's trying really hard to crawl' or 'she has started saying a new word that means she wants more food'. Not only does this information help both parties provide better care, but it can also create a sense of shared responsibility and connection.
Make use of technology
With many of us carrying out smart phones all day there is no need to feel unconnected from someone who is physically separated. It is easy for carers to send messages and photos throughout the day to help parents feel that they know exactly what is going on with the kids and for parents to send messages back to the carers with any questions or comments. This is also a simple way to clear up any confusion as well, for instance clarifying an unclear comment in the communication book or looking for supplies in the nappy bag.
If you have a young child in childcare forming a great relationship with the carers can help to ensure that your child gets the best possible care and home and at daycare. You can use a range of tools including communication books, personal conversations and regular messaging throughout the day on smartphones.Share
21 June 2017
Hi. My name is Susan. I have five children of my own, but over the years I have cared for more than thirty foster children. You could therefore say that I am somewhat of an expert in child care! I am also very astute at selecting child care providers that offer the types of experiences which reward and challenge children. Children's social, emotional and physical development is of tantamount importance. As you can imagine, many of my foster children are quite troubled, and I always seek the latest research in order to ensure I am giving the best possible care. I have started this blog in order to share my wealth of knowledge with others who strive to optimise the childhood experience. I hope you find ideas that you can apply. Happy reading!