Module 4 Outcome A: The student can explain the elements of positive relationships and communication with families.
- 170-297-2375 Parent/guardian policies (handbook).
- 170-297-6000 Interactions with children.
- 170-297-6575 Activities to promote child growth and development.
Connecting with families can be challenging. Parents and other caregivers are often in a rush to get to work when dropping kids off, and to get home when picking kids up. However, developing relationships with families will give you insights into the children you work with that cannot be collected any other way. How else will you know that the 10-year-old daredevil is gentle and protective with his 2-year-old brother? Who else will tell you that the introverted reader who heads to the corner every day with a book used to love to dance in preschool?
Without family partnerships, you might stumble on some of the child’s favorite things to do through conversations with them or by offering lots of different activities (and these are both excellent things to do), but working with the families in the first place will help you offer much more effective programming for the needs of the individual children you serve.
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