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Importance of Caregiver-parent Communication

by Shelley Frost

You barely make it work on time. By the end of the workday, you just want to get home. Chatting with your child's caregiver seems like one more chore on an already long list, but the connection between day care and home benefits both sides of the equation. With regular communication, your child benefits from support and interventions for his development.

Relationship Building

Leaving your child in another person's care requires a high level of trust. The more you get to know the caregiver through regular communication, the greater the trust established between home and day care. The established relationship makes it easier to work together if problems arise. You also develop a sense of respect and appreciation for one another, according to the Scholastic website. Your child may feel more comfortable at day care if she feels the sense of connection between you and her caregiver.

Information Sharing

Your child spends a lot of time at day care, but you don't often get to see what she does all day long. Talking with her caregiver is a simple way to share information about the day-to-day happenings while your child is away. You get to hear about the activities she does and the things she does for herself, such as pull up her own pants or serve her own food at lunch. You also stay in the loop on upcoming events, such as open houses or class parties. Communication between home and day care ensures you understand the center's policies and expectations on topics such as pickup time and when your sick child should stay home.

Collaborative Care

Regular communication establishes a continuity of care between home and day care. Your child has a routine and habits at home that make the day go smoothly. When you share those little insights into your child with the caregiver, she is better equipped to care for your little one. This collaboration is valuable for everyday care, as well as changes in your little one's routine. For example, when you start potty training, checking in daily with the caregiver gives you information on how well the process is going at day care. You can also share problems or successes you had at home with potty training so your caregiver can build off of that.

Problems

You hope your child thrives in day care, but occasionally kids have issues with behaviors or development. Since the caregiver spends a large amount of time with your child, she often sees the behaviors that could indicate a problem. Talking to the caregiver makes you aware of issues your child has with adjusting to day care or getting along with the other kids. She may also give you insight into developmental problems, such as delays in physical or cognitive development. Regular communication allows you to compare notes between the behavior you see at home and the behavior the caregiver sees at day care.

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