“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” ~Japanese Proverb
Early education, preschool, and daycare, are highly important to your child’s development. Educators and teachers need to work together for the benefit of each child. Daycare teachers often spend more hours a week with children than the parents. It is important that you communicate with your child’s caregiver on a regular basis. There are some things that your child’s day care educator would like you to know…
What Your Child’s Daycare Teacher Wished You Knew
1.We Want Interaction
Whether you are picking up or dropping off your child, we appreciate interaction and questions about how your child is doing. Sometimes parents do not even acknowledge that we are here and caring for your child. We would love to let you know how your child is doing in the classroom.
2.We Are Not All-Knowing
We care, we are trained, and we do our best. But, we cannot always catch every single thing that happens. Sometimes kids get in fights, sometimes toys are stolen from one another, and sometimes kids get bumps and scratches. With a classroom full, we are keeping accidents as minimally as we can.
3.Your Child Will Always Love You
We may be spending the majority of the day with your child, but your child will still love you more, so don’t worry. They talk about you throughout the day and know you care. They will be excited to see you when you arrive. They know their parents are the best!
4.We Need You To Support Us
There are school and state regulations. There are systems in place for teaching and for behavioral management. We need your help and support to make sure everything works together smoothly. We need you to stand with us and not against us. We care about every child in our care and want each one to have the best experience.
5.Don’t Expect Me To Gossip
Don’t ask about other children to compare your child. We want to compare each child’s progress to his or her previous progress, not to the other children. Every child will have things that they excel at or topics of struggle. Feel free to ask us what is improving, but with your own child.
6.Read What I Send Home
I know you are busy and have a lot to do when you get off work, but sometimes we have important news to share, regulation changes, or success stories about your child’s progress. If I have taken the time to send a note or newsletter home, please take the time to look it over.
7.Trust That I Care
Please trust that I have your child’s best interest at heart. If you see that something is not going as well as you would like, let’s have a calm and respectful conversation about it. I’m only human and may have overlooked something, but I’m working hard. I care about what is happening with your child and how your family is doing. Trust that.