Updated January 27, 2017
As a professional in the child care field, you need to know that you are part of a larger community.
By building positive relationships with colleagues, we create a caring and supportive environment for children. You may find yourself working as part of a team so it’s important to support and respect one another in creating the best environment possible for children. Each of us is our own individual, but regardless of our likes and dislikes, it's vital that we collaborate with each other in our work.
Below are a few helpful tips to help build positive relationships with colleagues:
Sometimes little differences and misunderstandings can divide a team while working in a child care program. It is vital to constructively confront and deal with even uncomfortable issues. Unresolved conflicts bring team morale down and can create an unwelcoming environment for both children and adults.
The foundation for building relationships is to provide clear and open communication as well as a comfortable environment for parents and child care professionals. Relationships and communication are not isolated to this module on Professional Practice. The practice should be interwoven throughout all of our work with children, colleagues and families. Think back over all previous modules of this curriculum, and pinpoint where communication and relationships are addressed.