Aside from parents, teachers and other educators play some of the largest roles in the education and development of young children. For this reason, many parents are looking to build strong relationships with their child's teachers and other educational staff, helping to ensure they're in the loop on their child's progress and can assist in productive ways of their own.
At Smart Kids Development Center, we're proud to offer the very best preschool, daycare and other child care programs in Kearns and nearby areas of Utah, and relationships between our staff and parents are very important to us. We even maintain a Parents Handbook that provides parents in our program with many updates and areas of basic information. If your child is just entering a new school or child care program, here are some tips we recommend on building a quality relationship with teachers and related staff in this two-part blog series.
While you may have to navigate a somewhat busy schedule at the start of a given school year for teachers and other staff, we recommend taking the time to introduce yourself and your family to them in an initial meeting. If possible, we suggest doing so early on in a semester or even a new term, as this can help ensure that you feel comfortable with their approach and style from the get-go.
In addition, you can learn about how the teacher prefers to communicate (in person, over phone or email) and get basic information about your child's class schedule. This can help you feel more comfortable about their educational process and ensure you're in the loop when it comes to any potential updates or changes.
Teachers and other educational staff have a huge number of demands on their time, and it's important to remember that your child isn't the only one in that classroom. As such, when contacting them by phone or email, be sure to keep your inquiry direct and respectful of their time. If they prefer to be contacted in person or are not available during certain hours, make a point to avoid repeatedly calling at the same time each day or leaving messages on voicemail if they don't pick up.
Both during introductions and throughout your child's time in the program, we recommend regularly sharing updates and information with teachers and other staff. This can be an excellent way to help them understand any developmental changes that may be happening and/or to share information on maintaining a positive learning environment.
For more on how to build a positive, impactful relationship with your child's teachers and other educational staff, or to learn about any of our child care programs in Kearns or nearby areas, speak to the staff at Smart Kids Development Center today.