Learn how building healthy relationships with your child’s educators can positively benefit their social, emotional and educational development. Find out the key ways to help your child get the most out of their care.
Benefits for your child
To start with, strong relationships put you in a great position to give educators information about your child. This information is a key way for educators to help your child get the most out of child care.
Strong relationships are also good for your child’s social and emotional development. If you have positive and respectful relationships with educators, it gives your child a great ‘model’ of how to behave with other people. And if your child sees kind and respectful relationships, your child will learn to act this way in their relationships with others.
Benefits for you
- feeling that the educator is interested and understands when you talk about your child
- feeling comfortable to raise concerns and work out solutions with educators
- knowing what’s going on at the child care service
- being able to influence programs and feel that your opinion is valued.
- Spend time in your child’s group and be a part of what’s going on.
- Let educators know what you like about the centre.
- Ask educators how you can prepare your child for child care. Are there tasks your child needs to be able to do or rules your child needs to know and follow?
- Give educators some tips on how to care for your child.
This can be as simple as introducing yourself to educators and saying hello and goodbye at drop-offs and pick-ups. Telling educators when they’re doing a good job is also a great way to build positive communication.
This lays the groundwork for talking to educators about your child and your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and needs. When the educators get to know your child like this, they can keep you in touch with how your child is going day to day. And they can also better support your child’s overall learning and development.
Things that educators want to know about your child
- things your child is interested in so they can make learning engaging for your child
- things that make your child happy, sad, worried or afraid so they can support your child
- times when there are big changes in your family so they can help your child adjust
Sometimes there might be problems you want to discuss with your child’s early childhood educators – for example, problems with lost items or your child’s toilet training. Just in case if you already have a positive relationship with educators, these issues will be easier to raise and quicker to sort out.
If a problem won’t go away or is more complicated, you might need to make an appointment to talk about it with your child’s educator. If this doesn’t work or you feel uncomfortable talking to the educator, you can also talk to your centre’s director or manager. It might also help to check your centre’s complaints policy.