When a child finally sets off on their own personal journey of life, this can be a stressful experience for the parents, and in order to ensure that your child is developing satisfactorily, you need to have dialogue with their teacher. The carer or teacher spends almost as much time with your child as you do (or more if you have a long commute), and they are also the professional educators, and they can perform better if they are fully informed about their students.
How to Develop a Strong Connection
If your child is in infants’ school, get to know all of the carers, and this is the time to inform them if your child has any allergies or dislikes a particular food. Typically, a teacher will be very approachable and should be asking you about your child from the outset, and if there are any behavioural issues, the teacher can help you to correct them. In the old days, there would be a little book that the teacher would write comments in and put it in the kid’s bag, although today, that is likely to be an online form on their website, but whatever system they use, there should be a communication avenue for you to have dialogue with your child’s teacher. If you happen to live in Australia, you have the many branches of Guardian Kindergarten programs, which all promote parent-teacher communication, and there’s bound to be one not far away.
Following your Child’s Progress
This is an exciting time for any parent, as their child begins to explore the outside world, and it isn’t always a smooth path, which is why you need constant communication with the teacher. The early years are critical, and if an issue is not addressed quickly, it could turn into a major obstacle for the child’s future development, and if you are in daily contact with the teacher, anything untoward will immediately come to light. If your child has not yet reached schooling age, you should read 10 Ways to Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten, which will help no end.
Demonstrate your Interest
Not all parents are interested enough to form a connection with their child’s teacher, but if you make it clear from the outset that your child’s development is at the top of your list, then the teacher will respond by giving you an insight into your child’s development. There might be something the teacher is implementing with your child, and by making you aware of this, you can alter your behaviour to reinforce what the teacher is doing. It is possible that the child adopts a certain behaviour which is not present when at school, and unless the teacher knows this, there is little they can do to help.
Any teacher would be very happy if a parent gives them a small gift, as a token of their appreciation, and this is always a good idea. If the teacher has a Facebook account, then you’ll know the birthday and buy them something useful, as teachers tend to be practical people. An organiser or perhaps a quality pen set would always be well received, and this will ensure that your teacher