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….