A solid relationship with your provider, built on mutual trust and respect, is key in making your child care agreement work out well for everyone. Keep these tips in mind as you begin to build your relationship. Keep communicating on a regular basis. Let your provider know if there is something going on in your child’s life that may be affecting his behavior. Know the program policies, and honor them. Respect the drop-off and pick-up times, and call if you are going to be late for any reason. Express interest in your child’s development and the program they are enrolled in. The more you participate, the more your provider will feel appreciated.
Here are some ways to foster daily communication with your provider: Tell your provider how your child’s morning or weekend went, if he had a hard night, or if anything special happened at home. If there is a change of plans, let your provider know who will be picking up your child that day. At pick up time, ask your provider how she napped, slept, or ate. If you have in depth questions or concerns, set an arranged time to discuss them. If there are changes in your routine, let your provider know where they can be reached. Always keep them updated with all of your contact information and any changes in your child’s health.
Arrive on time, as there may be limited time. Discuss your child’s development and make the connection between home and school. Be prepared and have some notes written down. Find out what you can be doing at home to enhance their learning and development. Stay connected to the teacher. Be open to discussing difficult issues. If you put off a discussion, it will make it harder to bring it up later. Avoid confronting the provider in front of others and never discuss a problem when you are feeling angry or upset. Conflicts are a normal part of relationships, they can usually be resolved when both parties are willing to compromise.