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Have You Notified Parents of Your Holiday Schedule Yet?

 

 

We are less than 5 days away from Thanksgiving and I hope that you have already planned your holiday schedule and notified your parents of your holiday closing schedule.

Many Child Care providers plan their holiday schedule at the beginning of their preschool year and issue it to parents.

However, if you are a new family home childcare business owner or a new center owner, be sure to post your holiday schedule where parents can see it. (if you have not already posted your holiday schedule)

Many family home providers follow me on social media and one of the questions that I get shortly before the holidays is: How many days will you be closed for the holidays?

Every year during the holidays I close my center for Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving. Also, during the month of December, I close Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.

When I was a home daycare provider, I closed my business the last week of the year and the parents were notified (in writing) of the closing 6-months in advance.

**Parents do not like it when they are not giving enough notice for planned closings.

Another way to notify parents of your holiday schedule is via a parent handbook and on your website. If you do not have a parent handbook, be sure to purchase a sample parent handbook today! click here

Whatever your holiday schedule may be; I hope that you take some time to enjoy the holidays with your family and I challenge you to do something special for the families in your childcare business this holiday season.

 

With the holidays in mind,

Shiketa

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Educating and Partnering With Parents

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When parents choose you as a childcare provider, they trust that you are the professional and the best person to care for their child. Also, parents want their children to have access to educational materials while in your care and they may have ideas.

Be open to receive educational ideas of the parents and be sure that the suggestions are age appropriate the age of the child. ( See Developmentally Appropriate Practices)

For example: You may have a mother to request that her 1 1/2 year old use work sheets. Research shows that a toddler loves to put things in his or her mouth and learn from his or world through exploration. So I suggest that you educate your parent about your curriculum and what educational activities are appropriate for children, as you consider implementing their ideas.

Moreover, when parents have a better understanding of what is appropriate for the age of their child, their educational ideas will seem more realistic.

Every year I hold a PTA Conference call with my parents to listen to their ideas for our curriculum theme and many of the parents simply want their children to be prepared for Kindergarten.

I look forward to your feedback….

Shiketa

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