This blog is aimed at any parent who is looking for advice about child care and early learning. I do not work in this industry. My name is Keira, and I am just another loving parent who wants the best for her child. When my child was 2 years old, I decided to return to work. This was the beginning of my search for child care. Over the next couple of months, I learnt lots of useful things from other mothers and those who work in the industry. I hope this blog helps you to make the right choice when it comes to child care.
When the time comes for your child to start attending preschool, it is essential to create a relationship with the teacher that sees the kids through their daily activities. At the tender age of three, your child is still growing and learning. Therefore, since you won't be around to watch over them during the day, being able to freely talk to the person who spends time with them can help you know how your kid is fairing. This will only happen if you have strived to create a bond with their teacher. Below are some helpful steps that you can follow to develop a relationship with your child's preschool teacher.
Take the time to know them
You probably only get to see the preschool teacher as you drop off your child in the morning and pick them up in the evening. However, you can make use of the few minutes each day to get to know the teacher a little bit. Of course, they may not open up immediately, but you can ease into the conversation over time. Ask about how they are doing (but not in a nosy or intrusive way). Once the teacher feels comfortable around you, they will find it easy to talk to you about any issues or suggestions that they have noticed with your kid.
Ask about your child
After you've created an open communication channel with the teacher, start the conversation about your little one. Go into issues such as their motor skills, discipline, response to new things that they are taught at the preschool and many more. Are they showing any progress over the weeks or months? Is there anything you can do to make it easy for the teacher? For example, if your kid doesn't love to follow instructions, you can try to instil discipline at home. This will make it easier for the teacher who has to handle other kids during the day.
Set private meetings
Your child's teacher usually has a tight schedule during the day, and it can be hard to engage in meaningful conversation when they are juggling between a dozen other things. Trying to engage them in lengthy conversation during this time may not bear fruit. That's why you should think about setting private meetings so that you can discuss your child's development. This can be done over coffee, lunch or even at your house. Private meetings are also a great time to know the teacher more.
Follow these tips to ensure that you learn as much as possible about your child through the person that spends the day with them. For more information, contact your local child care service.