I was recently talking with a Dad of an infant, while he was enrolling his infant in my Child Care center. The Dad asked me the following question: “Do you think it is appropriate for teachers to kiss a child?”
I immediately thought to myself, that is inappropriate behavior in a child care setting. Then I replied: ” No that is not appropriate and I believe that kisses should be saved for mommy, daddy and grandparents.
However, I do believe that caregivers naturally bond with children and it is appropriate to show that you care for a child by giving the child a gentle hug, using a nurturing tone a voice or by gently rubbing a child’s back that is having difficulty sleeping at nap time.
I shared this post with you to inspire you to be mindful of the child-staff interactions in your Child Care program. Furthermore, what we (Child Care providers) may think is appropriate; may not be appropriate to a parent.
Also, be sure that you define appropriate Child- Teacher interactions in your classroom handbook or program policies.
What are your thoughts about this post? Feel free to share.
Photo Credit: Maplewood Early Childhood Center
Many years ago, I discovered that when parents visit your program, they use their senses to make a child care decision. In fact, when they walk into your home or center, parents immediately notice the following:
- The sounds in the environment, such as singing or laughing
- How the environment smells
- The look of the environment
Before you schedule your next tour or interview with a parent; Lets take a look at what you must do to create an environment that sells your Child Care program.
- Be sure that your home or center has a fresh clean scent. Most of the parents that visit my center, always comment on the fact that there are “No odors” in the building.
- Consider Scheduling tours during structured times of the day: circle time, lunch or story time. Transition times, may not be the best time to do a tour, because the children are loud and you may even hear screaming or yelling.
- De-clutter your classroom space.
- Post the children’s work on the wall.
- Have bulletin boards that includes: a daily lesson, plan, menus, events and daily schedule.
- Be sure that the chairs are pushed up to the table and toys are not all over the floor.
- Remove all damaged items from the environment and dust regularly.
- Post bright colorful educational posters or projects on the walls.
I think you get the point! Parents love a place that smells great; they will choose a childcare program based on the environment and you want parents to hear pleasant sounds when they enter your facility for the first time. The first impression…is a lasting impression.
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