Parent involvement with the childminder agency
By coordinating the home situation and the situation with the childminder as much as possible, a child feels safer and can develop better.
Parental involvement with the childminder has a positive influence on the development of children. Parents have a lot of knowledge about their child that is relevant to the childminder. And the agency has a great interest in good cooperation with the parents and a stimulating and supportive family climate. Employees can provide advice and information to the parents about the child and vice versa.
Building trusted and respectful relationships
The trust that parents and the childminder have in each other and their mutual respect for parenting choices is an important quality factor. A child flawlessly senses whether his parents like it in his group, whether they value his pedagogical staff and whether they leave him with the childminder with confidence. Their parents' nonverbal cues tell children whether an environment is safe for them or not. The other way around also applies: if the employee has an attitude of respect for the parents, this contributes to a feeling of safety for the child and good cooperation with the parents. A negative comment about whether an angry look at the parents leads to tension. Dealing with each other in a respectful and accepting way 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 employee gets to know the child and its environment better. Parents and employees need each other's information to provide good support and care and to respond to the specific needs of the child. Tuning 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 stimulus is greater if there is a supportive family climate at home. A family in which 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 together, crafts and singing also contribute to this. Some parents need help creating such a climate at home. Family-oriented programs have been developed for this. Another way to encourage children is to give them the opportunity to further develop their talents and hobbies during class or at a club. For example, if it has been noted on the childminder that a child has talent or talent for something.
Moments for parent contacts
Contacts with parents of young children are preferably daily and informal. They take place during delivery and collection. At those moments, parents and employees 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 the 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 did that day. There are also more organized options for parent contact, such as 10-minute conversations about the child and / or a special theme. The frequency of parental contact and the content of the conversations also depends on the age of a child. Contact with parents of a baby or toddler is more intensive than contact with parents of an 11-year-old who independently enters and leaves after-school care. Parental contact is important for every age group, but always in the most appropriate way.