As a childcare business owner, one of the most important attributes to my business (in addition to the health, safety and success of your child) is the relationship that I have developed with the families over the years. I am going to tell you that this job isn’t desired because of the great big paycheck that comes with it, but because of the passion that drives childcare business owners, teachers, and child care providers to make a difference in the lives of children and families. The responsibility is great, and I know that I am not just speaking for myself when I say this, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other position. Keeping our children and families happy and safe is the essential component to building a successful daycare or preschool.
It is very important to me as a business owner and a Director that I partner with my families, which is why I am providing my readers with this list of 6 practices you should know about your child’s daycare:
1. They will be fine after you drop off
We know how hard it can be to drop off your little munchkin in the midst of what appears to be a complete meltdown. They say they don’t want you to leave and they scream and cry as you are trying to calm them down and get them settled in for the day. As a parent, it can be heart wrenching to watch and even harder to walk out that door when they are crying for you. But know this… a majority of the time your child is completely happy and off playing with the first thing in their path within minutes of you leaving. And it will get easier, I promise.
One of the best things you can do is to prepare your child that they will be coming to school the night before. Remember you should be excited when speaking to them about coming to school and recap all of the positives about school. Prior to your arrival, set up a good bye routine, and once you arrive carry that routine through and then leave the room as quickly as possible, while reassuring your child that you will be back after work. The longer it goes in the morning with them upset and begging you not to leave, the longer it will take for them to move out of this pattern. When they see after a while that you’re true to your work and do come back at the designated time, they will start to feel safe and secure, while knowing they are going to have fun and things to do while you are gone!
2. We want to partner with you and help you produce successful children
Do you have specific things on your mind that you would like to discuss? By all means, my door is always open. We want to make sure your child is getting the most out of their time with us and if there is anything that you feel is lacking, we want to know! On the reverse side, when we feel that it is time to move your child up to a different level, or if we feel that it may be best if they remain where they are, we want to be able to talk openly with our parents about it to come to the right decision. Our teachers work hard to make sure your child is being as successful as possible and we take our role very seriously!
3. We truly do value your opinion and insight, because it takes a village to raise a child
We love to get parents’ insight on the programs that are being offered and what they feel should be included to help their children succeed. It’s also awesome when we receive insight into new programs that we can utilize in the classroom, as well. We attend many educational workshops throughout the year to bring your family the highest programs possible, but we are always open to parental feedback.
4. Keep us posted on changes that will affect the well-being of your child
For example, if there is a new telephone number, change of address, current employment information, improper sleep the night before, visit to a doctor, we want to know! It makes things so much easier for everyone if we know there is something going on with a child outside of childcare that may be affecting their temperament during the day. Make sure we have your family’s most recent telephone number, emails and the like so we can easily get ahold of you, should the need arise. Communication is only effective if both parties can reach one another. Need a quick tip? Try creating a separate folder in your inbox for Precious Lambs. This way you are sure to get all correspondence and emails without important information being disguised amongst junk mail!
5. We truly love your children and want the best for them, just as you do
We take our roles in your children’s lives very seriously and nothing makes us happier and more proud than when your child succeeds. Whether it be the first time they spell their name on their own or when they succeed in reading their first sentence, we love to celebrate these victories! We consider ourselves lucky to be able to be such a big part of your children’s day and their success is our success.
On the flip side, when there are stumbling blocks, we are always in their corner to figure out how we can best move forward. Our job is to help your child learn to the best of their ability and we realize it’s not a one-stop-process for everyone. Every child is unique and may need an individualized approach at times and that is exactly what we’re here for.
6. Please take the time to read the notices that we send home with your child along with the emails that we send
The teachers at Precious Lambs work diligently in trying to keep each and every parent posted about the occurrences in your child’s class and school. Each teacher takes hours out of her day to write individual reports in your child’s notebook about their day. We would truly love to discuss with you some of the milestones that your child is reaching and work hard to make sure that you are always up-to-date with what is happening at Precious Lambs.
All of these practices are important in establishing the type of parent relationships I look forward to having with my families. You are trusting Precious Lambs with the most important responsibility in your life and that means that we want to make sure you are always in the loop and knowledgeable of what is going on. Having happy families is one of our main priorities and by partnering with you from Day 1, this is something we strive to accomplish. As always, contact me with any questions you may have about your child’s educational journey and I look forward to our next meeting!