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Appropriate Child- Teacher Interactions

Bradley Russle 2

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.

Shiketa

Your Environment Sells Your Program

(Maplewood Earlychildhood Center)

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:

  1. The sounds in the environment, such as singing or laughing
  2. How the environment smells
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. De-clutter your classroom space.
  4. Post the children’s work on the wall.
  5. Have bulletin boards that includes: a daily lesson, plan, menus, events and daily schedule.
  6. Be sure that the chairs are pushed up to the table and toys are not all over the floor.
  7. Remove all damaged items from the environment and dust regularly.
  8. 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.

For more tips on creating a quality environment, click here or subscribe to my Free eCourse 7 Steps to Quality Care.

Shiketa

 

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