Parent involvement in childcare

By coordinating the home situation and the situation at the childcare as much as possible, a child feels safer and is better able to develop.

Parent involvement in daycare has a positive influence on the development of children. Parents have a great deal of knowledge about their child that is relevant to pedagogical staff. And childcare has great importance in good cooperation with the parents and a stimulating and supportive family climate. Employees can give advice and information to parents about the child and vice versa.

Building trusted and respectful relationships

The trust that parents and educational staff have in each other and their mutual respect for parenting choices is an important quality factor. A child feels flawlessly whether his parents like it in his group, if they appreciate his pedagogical staff and whether they leave him with confidence in the childcare center. The non-verbal signals from their parents tell children whether an environment is safe for them or not. The reverse also applies: if the pedagogical employee has an attitude of respect for the parents, this contributes to a feeling of safety for the child and a good cooperation with the parents. A negative comment or an angry look at the parents leads to tension. Dealing with each other in a respectful and accepting manner also means being open to cultural and socio-economic differences.

Exchange of information

By regularly exchanging information about the child and the parenting ideas of the parents, the pedagogical employee gets to know the child and his environment better. Parents and pedagogical staff need each other's information to provide good support and care and to be able to respond to the specific needs of the child. Coordinating with mutual respect is therefore crucial, for example with the help of a back and forth notebook. This promotes mutual contact.

Connect home and childcare center

Due to the presence of photos of his parents, his sister or pet, a young child also feels safer at the daycare. There are then familiar things from home that the child can look at and talk about with others. In this way his worlds are connected to each other. A reciprocating notebook can also play a role here.

Development stimulation at home

Daycare centers and out-of-school care centers encourage children in their development. Research has shown that the effect of this developmental stimulation is greater if there is a supportive family climate at home. A family where children feel safe, parents and children talk and play together, and parents show an interest in what a child has done at the daycare. Activities such as reading, crafting and singing together also contribute to this. Some parents need help to create such a climate at home. Family-oriented programs & #8217; s have been developed for this. Another way to encourage children is to give them the opportunity to further develop their talents and hobbies in class or at a club. For example, if it is noted at the daycare that a child has talent or talent for something.

Moments for parent contacts

The contacts with parents of young children are preferably daily and informal. They take place during the delivery and collection. At those moments, parents and pedagogical staff tell each other what they need to know about the child. Sometimes the daily information is also given to parents in writing, for example in a diary or logbook that goes back and forth daily. Abroad, you often see a whiteboard on which information is written per child, such as times of eating and sleeping. Some daycare centers post photos on a private website so that parents can see at home what their child has done that day. There are also more organized options for parent contact, such as 10-minute conversations about the child, parent evenings with a special theme, a coffee room for parents or joint eating moments. The frequency of parent contact and the content of the conversations also depends on the age of a child. The contact with parents of a baby or toddler is more intensive than the contact with parents of an 11-year-old who independently enters and leaves after-school care. Parent contact is important for every age group, but always in the most appropriate way.