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3 Easy Ways To Effectively Communicate With Your Child Care Team

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Your ability to communicate your vision to your team is closely related to your ability to build a Successful Child Care Business.

In fact, I have discovered that when I do not effectively communicate with my team, I do not see my desired results.

Moreover, I find that when I have not clearly communicated what I want, it frustrates me. Furthermore, I believe that every Child Care Business Owner has a Vision for their Business and in order to see that Vision manifest, you must be an effective communicator.

I want to challenge you to answer the following questions:

  1. What is your vision for your team?
  2. What is it that you expect from your team?
  3. Have you communicated your goals and vision to your team?
  4. Are you frustrated with your team?

Now take a moment to write down your answers. If you answered yes to numbers 3 and 4, then it is time for you to work on how you are communicating to your team.

Here are 3 easy ways to Effectively Communicate with your Team:

  1. When you are talking to your staff, be sure that they heard what you said by asking the staff member to tell you what they heard you say. This practice will help to eliminate any misunderstandings.
  2. Have a weekly 20 minute communication meeting with your team to make sure that every one is on one accord and that your expectations for the week are communicated to your team. **Be sure to type your meeting agenda and issue each staff members a copy.
  3. Consider issuing a Monday memo. This is a great way to keep your staff informed of upcoming events and a great way to remind your staff of important center information.

For more team Building ideas, be sure to download my Inspired Child Care Center Owner Audio coaching series.

I want to hear from you. Tell me, what are your take-a-ways from this blog post.

Your Child Care Business Coach,

Shiketa

 

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The Power of Classroom Observations

Several Years ago I was listening to an audio series by Bob Harrison (Doctor Increase). Mr. Harrison ran a successful car dealership in California for many years and now he travels the world and teaches success principles.

One of the principles that I learned from Mr. Harrison was this: Manage Your Business by walking around ! In fact, he called it a MBWA in Business!

I use that principle today in my child care facilities. I manage my facility by walking around. Moreover, you could let the video monitoring cameras do the work, however, nothing can take the place of good old fashion walking around and observing your staff.

Today I am going to share with you 5 things that you should look for when observing your staff and what to do with the observations.

  1. Is the teacher interacting with the children.
  2. Observe to see that the children are engaged in the activities.
  3. Does the room look safe?
  4. Is the teacher following your center or program classroom policies?
  5. Is the teacher of aware of the needs of the children in care?

Now that you have done the observation, you must do the following:

  1. Schedule a time to give the teachers  your feedback
  2. Share what you loved about the observations
  3. Share areas that need improvement.
  4. Get feedback from the teacher
  5. Plan a follow-up observation to look for improvement, then schedule a follow-up meeting.

For more staff management tips, be sure to subscribe to my 7-Day Child Care Business Management eCourse. You may also want to download a copy of my Director’s Handbook.

With your Success in Mind,

Shiketa Morgan

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