At Pelicans Early Learning Centres, we value the great benefit to children when parents and educators work together as a collaborative team. Our ‘open-door policy’ greatly facilitates this important partnership, as does our full calendar of family events, including; Christmas parties, family barbeques, graduation ceremonies, sports days and cultural excursions.
So how can educators and parents work in partnership?
There are many things parents can do at home. Encouraging a positive attitude towards learning is one of the biggest favours a parent can do for their children.
Educators appreciate it when parents:
- Help their children understand that learning is important
- Set reasonable expectations for learning, by taking into account their child’s ability
- Show an interest in what their child is learning and what is happening at the centre. Remember that at this age, playing is learning too!
- Reading the memos and information sheets that are sent home with their child
- Take note of important dates on the calendar
- It is important that educators and parents get to know each other to develop trust and respect. Children succeed when there is an open exchange of information that links the home with the centre.
- Exchange ideas about the child’s special talents and hobbies. We can then focus the child’s learning through interests, strengths and weaknesses.
- Inform the teacher if the child has a medical condition that may affect the child at school - asthma, allergies, or diabetes, for example. Educators are not medical practitioners, and parents should discuss arrangements they have made for emergency situations.
- Talk with the child’s teacher about what is being taught.
- Discuss things like expectations and discipline. Explore ways that the parent and teacher can help the child meet those standards and needs.
- Let the teacher know about situations which might affect the child’s interest in the centre. A seriously ill grandparent, the arrival of a baby, or changes in a work situation can be upsetting to a child. Educators are better able to provide learning experiences for children if parents let educators know what is happening.
Information regarding your child’s day will be documented daily for you to view. This includes details of sleeping habits, toilet practices, child’s response to the day and any health and safety issues that may have arisen.Our staff will also speak with you informally upon collection of the child or through phone calls if any issues arise during the day.Throughout the year we also offer parent/teacher interviews as a more formal time for a parent and a teacher to talk. They are often held shortly after report cards are sent home so that achievements and concerns can be discussed. Just like every child is different, so will each parent/teacher interview. This will reflect that individuality. However, the following matters are often discussed:
- All areas of development for the child - samples of work may be shown.
- The parent’s and teacher’s expectations for the child.