Parental involvement is a key component to the success of any child care program. At Care Courses, we have two courses that address the issues involving parents and families in child care programs. The courses are Partnerships with Parents and Parents in Child Care.
Today we are going to look at a few ideas from our 10-hour course, Partnerships with Parents, which discusses fostering relationships with the parents of the children in your care.
Communication and collaboration between caregivers and parents are vital to children’s success. From classroom volunteers, to project coordinators, to community advocates—parents can fulfill many different roles in your child care program. There are lots of ways parents can provide resources outside the normal daycare staff.
In turn, caregivers should be able to advise parents on ways to nurture their children at home and provide consistency between the home and the care environments. Caregivers are professionals who can help parents navigate the trials and triumphs of parenting. Parents need to see their children’s caregivers as skilled partners who can advise and assist parents in a truly collaborative relationship.
Parents and caregivers will sometimes have misunderstandings and disagreements. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you deal with whatever situation may arise. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a Code of Ethical Conduct that can be used as a great reference when working through problems with parents.
In our course, Partnerships with Parents, we discuss the importance of parental communication and cooperation for the benefit of the children in your care. Do you want to learn more? Visit our website!
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