Other Ways to Enhance Parent-Teacher Relationships
Keeping communication lines open between parent and teacher is vital to the success of your ECE program.
Teachers should have a way to connect with each parent every day either through in-person interactions or written communication. Be sure to greet parents every day as they drop off or pick up their child. Do not wait until you have an injury to report or a discipline problem to discuss before speaking with a parent.
Use daily communication sheets to tell parents the activities their child participated in during the day, snacks or meals the child consumed, as well as the child's general demeanor during the day.
Create a parent bulletin board at the front of your classroom, or in the hallway outside of your classroom. Post any notes to parents here, but also remember to include any notes in each child's folder or backpack.
Some classrooms also include an anonymous parent comment box outside of their classroom. Parents can ask questions anonymously and receive answers from you privately if they are not comfortable approaching you directly.
Make parents privy to the daily schedule. Note times where it may be appropriate for parents to volunteer such as during circle times or snack times. Personally invite parents to visit the classroom whenever they can. Keep an open door policy when it comes to parent visits.