The key to making the most of your child’s experiences within an early learning centre is effective communication. When families and educators are on the same page with the child’s progress, the child flourishes. Consequently, it helps to ease the transition between home and care, building a sense of confidence and belonging in young children.
What kind of information should I share with the centre?
The educators at the centre are your child’s primary caretakers and influencers when you aren’t around. Therefore, to best understand and cater to the needs of your child, it’s important for them to be aware of:
- Your child’s interests, likes, dislikes
- Their routines- patterns of eating, sleeping, toileting
- Your child’s current wellbeing
- Any major events taking place at home. Eg. Loss of a family member, new baby on the way, relatives visiting and so on
By providing this type of information with the centre, it helps the educator’s and in-centre staff to meet your child’s individual needs. As a result, you can help make most of your child’s time in care.
What information should the staff share with me?
Communication between you and the centre must never be one-way. Just as it is important for you to share information about behaviours at home, it is vital for educators to share what happens in-centre.
The staff should share with you:
- Your child’s eating, sleeping and toileting habits in-centre
- Their daily experiences – incursions, excursions, art, sporting or music activities
- Your child’s mood and behaviour – if they have been extra grumpy or sad
- Their relationships with other children and educators
- Any health issues, accidents or injuries relating to your child
Fortunately, at Headstart centres we use a wonderful communication app called KindyHub, where you can stay up-to-date with your child’s progress in real time.