Making the decision to leave your baby at child care is a huge one for any parent. You don't know how your child will react. You don't know how the educators will form a bond with your baby. There are so many unknowns, which can leave you feeling worried and anxious. Getting to know your child's educators can make you feel reassured, so here are some steps to help you develop good communication with them:
Spend Time With The Educators When Convenient
While you would have spoken to the educators when finalising the centre, you may want to spend a little more time with them when convenient so you get to know them a little better. But keep in mind that drop-off and pick-up times are usually the busiest. Ask for another time that is convenient to talk to them so you can discuss your child in more detail, along with getting to know how they communicate and form bonds with the children in the centre. If you cannot physically meet the educators because you don't have time, maybe you can communicate with them more effectively via phone or email, which many educators will be open to.
Check Whether The Centre Provides Opportunities To Meet Families
Some centres may offer the opportunity for the educators to spend time with parents so you can get to know more about the routines followed, hygiene practices, activities conducted and so much more that the centre does for your child during the day. This is a great way to not only understand more about your child's day, but it also helps you get to know the educators on a more personal level, which can end up giving you more peace of mind knowing your children are with people you can trust.
Open Up In Case Of Any Concerns From The Start
If you are worried or have concerns about something in particular, it's always best to speak up as quickly as you can. For example, if your child feels bullied or upset about something at the centre, be sure to let the educators know as soon as possible so they can rectify the situation without it escalating and hurting your child in any way. Ask how the educators will address the situation without being confrontational. In most cases, they will tell you exactly what strategies they intend to follow to solve any concerns you have, which can help make you feel more confident.
It's important to communicate with your child's educators so use these guidelines to make it as effective as possible.