I’m now a few months into this whole working mom gig. I’m still figuring out how to balance both, as it is a constant teeter-totter. One constant that I can rely on is my daycare. The group of ladies that help care for, teach and play with my daughter are exceptional. For anyone else that has a children in daycare, the value that they bring, more than just watching your kid while you work, speaks volumes. Recently however, a sign hanging on the entrance door bothered me as I picked up my daughter. It said, “No Cell Phones Permitted. Please leave your phone off and take time to speak to your teacher.” This concerned me as I just can’t imagine a parent doing this. This made me think of some things that I find to be successful with our daycare to develop a great partnership.
– Exactly what the sign said, take time to talk to the teacher. In the morning, ask about what your child’s day has in store for them. Our class has an activity calendar, but it doesn’t hurt to spark a conversation with the teacher about what’s on the agenda. In the evening, ask them about your child’s day. Did they play with the other kids well? What was their nap like? How did they eat today? I know a lot of this information is written down and provided on their activity log, but again, showing your teacher that you are aware goes a far way. I find that I learn a lot more about their day than what is written on the sheet.
– Work with them for consistency. Fill them in on any changes with eating or sleeping. They may be able to provide tips and pointers; after all, they have a lot of experience. Work together with them – if you are starting solids, pack some solid snacks and talk to them about how and when you’re giving it to them, so they can help provide consistency.
– Be nice. You would think this goes without saying. I’ve noticed other parents getting short with teachers and rushing to get in and out of the classroom. Your child is watching you, learning from you. Set a good and right example. Let your teachers know that you appreciate everything they do for you. Do this more than just the annual “teacher appreciation week”.
I attribute much of my daughter’s development and growth to daycare. She is such a happy, social little girl. As much as I would love to take credit for it, I couldn’t do it without my partners at daycare.
What are some Smarty tips that have helped you develop a partnership with your daycare provider?