Developing a positive relationship with your little one’s carer or preschool/kindergarten teacher is an important way you can support your child’s learning. Here are some tips to make the most of your first meeting.
Talk about it
If they are old enough to understand, let your little one know that you are meeting their teacher or carer. Ask them how they are feeling about pre-school/kindergarten or childcare – what they like and don’t like, and if there is anything they would like you to talk about with their teacher or carer. Let your child know that there is nothing to worry about – you just want to help them learn.
Be on time
Start the meeting off right—make sure you arrive on time. Teachers and carers are busy people and will often have meetings with parents scheduled back-to-back. Being on time shows respect for the teacher/carer and other parents, and helps to start the meeting off on a positive note.
Each child is different, and no one knows your little one better than you do – what interests them, what they’re good at and what they struggle with. Make a list of the things you think the teacher/carer should know, such as their interests, talents and needs, anything that might affect your child’s learning or development, for example, any major changes in your family, or anything that’s worrying you or your child.
Have questions ready
Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with the teacher or carer. Here are some examples of questions that can help you learn more about how your little one is going:
- What is my child expected to learn this year?
- Is my child participating in group activities?
- How is my child getting along with the other children?
- Does my child seem happy?
- What can I do at home to help support my child’s learning?
Make sure you ask the questions that are most important to you first. Otherwise, you may run out of time. You can always ask to schedule another meeting to talk about anything you didn’t get to cover.
Write down the things that you and the teacher or carer will do to support your child’s learning, and arrange to check in with them later in the year. Ask how you can contact them and let them know how they can contact you.