Communicating with Parents

 

Parent and Provider

 As an early years provider, you soon discover that developing positive relationships with parents is critical to providing the best care possible to their children. Here are 3 key steps to follow when having difficult conversations with parents. (Zero to Three (2010)

Parents and children are a two-for-one deal: Developing positive relationships with parents is critical to providing the best care possible to their children. 

But sometimes you already have a relationship with the child’s parents—they may be related to you, live in your neighborhood, or be friends or acquaintances. This can be a real benefit since you might already share an open, trusting relationship with the parents. But this familiarity can also raise some challenges when you are caring for their children.

Even when your relationship with a parent(s) is warm and positive, sharing the care of a young child often stirs up strong feelings. It isn’t uncommon for parents, at one point or another, to feel a pang of fear that their child might grow to love her caregiver more. They may also worry, at times, that their child’s caregiver is better at parenting than they are. This may be more of a concern when the caregiver is someone the parent and child both know well—a relative, friend or neighbor. Here are two fairly typical experiences that come up when sharing the care:                                                      
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  The following link will provide you with 5 useful tips for communicating with parents

 http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/five-keys-successful-parent-teacher-communication