Although classroom activities at preschool are extremely important for the development and growth of a child, their education is also deeply impacted by what happens at home.
It is crucial that parents are involved in early childhood learning and preschool education to ensure that they can help their children in any way possible and lay the groundwork for their academic success.
So, How Do You Get Parents Involved In Preschool?
Making sure parents are involved in decisions can affect a child’s experiences in the classroom and bridge the gap between school and home.
Parents are an extremely valuable source to a child’s development and should work alongside educators/teachers to assist their learning journey.
A collaborative effort can make the world’s difference for a child’s education and keeps parents in the loop about what their child is doing at preschool.
This informs parents about any areas their child may need to focus on. Knowing this important information is vital for a child’s early learning!
We are going to outline some ways to involve parents in preschool and in the classroom to ensure a positive and successful learning journey for each child.
Ways To Involve Yourself In The Classroom
Many parents hold back and don’t get involved in preschool activities. If this is the case, it may be time to start chatting to parents during drop-off and pick-up sessions or reach out to them through email or phone calls to touch base with them about their child.
Encourage parents to pop into preschool whenever they can so they can get regular updates on the progress of their child. Showing that you care about their child and are making an effort will establish a productive relationship, benefiting everyone involved.
Engaging Classroom Environment
A great way to involve parents in classroom/preschool activities is to host an ‘open house’ just before the class starts.
This is a great time for educators to touch base with families and address any potential concerns. It is also a great opportunity for other parents to meet each other and become involved in activities as a group.
Ensure the classroom space feels welcoming and offers parents an insight into what their children get up to in a day!
Preschools and programs that display high levels of diversity and cultural competency, build stronger ties with families and can lead to a deeper understanding of a child’s development.
The staff that are sensitive to different cultures and languages may have the advantage of building stronger relationships with families.
Taking the time to understand different cultures and implement them into preschool activities as well as participating in cultural events shows parents initiative and will encourage them to participate as well.
Invite Parent Participation
Parents may not have the time to engage in preschool activities throughout the week. Many work 9-5 jobs and can’t find the time to participate in a classroom celebration.
This is why it is also important to hold annual preschool-wide events to get families together and show off the community. Hosting events a few times throughout the year on weekends or nights is ideal in order for working families to attend!
Keep Families Informed
How to get parents involved in preschool? We have the answer! Make sure you involve them in preschool! Simple daily check-ins, monthly newsletters, parent conferences or mobile software apps are great ways to keep parents in the loop of daily activities and events that occur in the classroom.
It is important to make families feel like they are values at the preschool and both share a common goal of educating their little stars into a successful adolescent.
5 Fun Ways To Get Parents Involved In Preschool Activities!
- Hold a group parent meeting at a restaurant
- Hold a dessert night for parents and have children share stories/recipes they would like to execute
- Organize a reading night with parents bringing books to read with their child
- Reach out to new families on a regular basis
- Find ways to praise parents for ways they are helping their children
Get involved in your child’s early learning experience today! You don’t want to miss out on these precious years.
About Author: Marellene james is a content editor at Young Academics. Young academics is an early learning center based in Sydney, but Marellene has written extensively on subjects related to kids’ health, education, early childhood development & overall wellbeing.