Three Steps for Building a Great Relationship with Your New Child Care Provider
By Primrose Schools
Many parents agree that finding the right child care provider can be a nerve-wracking and lengthy process. On top of the pressures of moving into a new home, the task can be even more daunting. When you’re new to an area, even when you’ve found the right provider, it can be difficult to leave your child in someone else’s care. Forming a good relationship with your child’s teachers and child care team can help bring you peace of mind and even improve your child’s learning experience.
At Primrose Schools in the metro Atlanta area, teachers work closely with parents to support children’s learning of not just intellectual skills, but social-emotional skills as well. Even with curriculum that can help support the emotional difficulties of relocating, building trusted relationships still requires some effort from all involved. To build and maintain a great partnership with your family’s child care provider or your child’s teacher, consider the following:
Do your homework. To help find the right provider for your family, spend time researching different options and considering factors that are important to you, like school safety and an early learning approach. Primrose has a comprehensive Safe School Plan and an exclusive approach, called Balanced Learning®, which offers a balance of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. Choosing a provider you feel good about and trust will bring you peace of mind during a time of transition, and a great parent-teacher relationship will likely form more naturally.
Make communication a priority. It’s important to invest in your relationship with your child care provider as they help your child learn and grow. Talk regularly with your child’s teacher to provide helpful information about your child, ask what you can do at home to support your child’s development and share your appreciation for what’s going well in the classroom. At Primrose, parents receive reports about their child’s school day, photos from the classroom, activities and resources to use at home and reminders about upcoming activities through an electronic communications system called 360Connect, as well as weekly and monthly newsletters.
Address concerns immediately. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s care, discuss them with the teacher or school director as soon as possible. If there is a problem, it can’t be solved unless someone knows about it—and providers would prefer to know if something upsets you before it becomes a bigger issue. By sharing your concerns when they arise, you can work together to find a solution.
Primrose Schools in the Atlanta area accept children from 6 weeks old through pre-K, with select schools offering private kindergarten as well as before and after-school programs and summer camps for school-age children. The Primrose Balanced Learning® approach nurtures children’s intellectual, creative, physical and social-emotional development through a balance of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. To learn more about the 45 schools in the metro Atlanta area, visit www.PrimroseSchools.com/Atlanta.