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Educators, parents, and families are a vital part of a child’s support system and essential to success. When educators and parents establish and maintain open communication, it has been proven to enrich a child’s learning, wellbeing and better position them for long-term success in the child care setting and beyond.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) explicitly acknowledges the value of partnerships as part of the five principles underpinning early childhood practice and pedagogy. The EYLF identifies the importance of both parent's and educators’ knowledge and the unique contribution they have in children’s lives.
An educators’ primary focus is on building attachments with children. Through extending this focus and strengthening partnerships with parents, reciprocal respect and trust are built that acknowledge families as a child’s first teacher, and the child is able to benefit from greater education, care and learning outcomes as a result.
With open two-way communication established, the sharing of insight and perspectives about each child in relation to their care needs, interests, and development can be facilitated ensuring children are programmed for appropriately. A great by-product being that educators are extending upon their existing strengths, skills, and knowledge.
Building communication channels for different purposes and to suit different family structures and requirements are becoming increasingly important, particularly as technology has become an accessible part of our day-to-day lives.
Here are some of our tips to opening communication in a range of different ways, allowing both parents and educators to share insight and perspectives about each child.
Early childhood centres should create welcoming and inviting spaces for families. Parents and educators can then feel comfortable having lasting conversations in an open, supportive and friendly environment.
Consider how families are represented across the service. Partnerships should be enacted within the centre’s philosophy, policies, procedures, programming, documentation, and environment. Learn more about how to teach math games in a fun way.
Families will have their own preferences as to how they are contacted. Find out what works best for themーprint, email newsletters, face-to-face, social mediaーand personalise your approach to communication.
Informal daily conversations and planned family gatherings provide opportunities to gain an understanding of the family structure, cultural background, diverse needs, as well as the interests and strengths of families. Consider and look for ways to reflect their uniqueness and needs within the centre environment.
Communication surrounding pedagogical practices, the EYLF and educational outcomes need to be clearly articulated via all the various touchpoints a parent has with a centre. Show, tell, demonstrate and document the complex, skilled and enjoyable work engaged in daily with a child.
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This craft activity allows children to explore a range of visual arts mediums and experiment with their ideas to create their own distinctive easter animal puppet. These pop-up puppets can also be used for storytelling and dramatic play to extend and develop the craft activity characters into new storylines in play.
Step 1: Children use their own ideas to create an egg animal of choice.
Step 2: Using glue, children can paste on the googly eyes as well as a range of craft resources including feathers, paper, and glitter to the foam egg.
Step 3: Craft resources like pipe cleaners can be pushed into the foam egg by making small holes.
Step 4: Once dry, the egg can be secured to a paddle pop stick.
Step 5: Children can now paint their cups, creating various lines and patterns.
Step 6: With teacher assistance, a small cut can be made in the base of the cup for the paddle pop stick to slide through.