If you are working with early learners, you know how hectic the end of the day can be, especially when multiple parents arrive at the same time to pick up their children. You want to connect with each parent, sharing important points about their child’s day, including activities, accomplishments, challenges, and interactions. It can be tricky to give each family extensive, focussed attention.
While it is important to have a conversation with each parent at pick-up time, you can make this time more productive by incorporating easy-to-implement daily communication tools to inform parents about specific play-based learning activities, topics of conversation, and moments of discovery and fun. This reinforces parent-educator trust, and encourages parent-child communication by giving parents some conversation starters with which to engage their little ones during their trip home.
Choosing and Setting Up a Communication System
Different systems will work for different classrooms, centers and families. You might need to try a few out before you get it right, but once you figure out the most comfortable system, ensure that you stick to the daily routine to create dependability and predictability for the parents.
Location is important. Your communication system should be located somewhere in the room that is accessible and easy for parents to quickly read. A good place is right next to your sign-in/sign-out sheets so that parents can’t miss it!
Parent Communication Ideas