By Michael Hilkemeijer
One of the first things you do at the beginning of the year and continue to do throughout the year, is establish strong relationships with families.
These strategies will help you achieve the following:
- Understand children's home experiences of ICT.
- Support families in their uses of ICT with their children and build a common understanding.
- Use ICT to involve parents further in their children's development and achievements.
You achieve this by gathering and discussing information about their children which will inform your future planning for their child.
Build relationships with parents is essential as it helps parents to place their trust in you that you will effectively educate their children.
There are several ways in which you can do this when it comes to ICT experiences.
- Involve them as part of your assessment team and share information about observations at home and in the learning environment with ICT.
- Provide them with a questionnaire about their child's ICT experiences at home before they enter the learning environment. To help you out I have provided an example of a parent questionnaire which you could use before their child enters your learning environment.
- Support families in their uses of ICT with their children.
- Use technology to communicate with parents in a number of ways such as photographs in your talks with families, be in touch through emails and by using digital videos.
- Support families in their uses of ICT with their children and build a common understanding of the role ICT in their lives.
- Involve them in the planning of ICT integration.
By implementing these strategies, you will be able to build a strong relationship with parents that will allow the flow of important information about their children's ICT experiences.
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Some early childhood teacher goals include:
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