The early years are a time of rapid growth and change. It is so important for parents and child care providers to be on the same page about what’s going on in the day-to-day– both at home and at school. What’s going on at home affects a child’s day at school, and vice versa. All adult caregivers need and deserve to be in the know.
The days of paper communication
In the not too distant past, early childhood educators were given info about a child’s mood, health, sleep patterns, etc. in a rushed conversation at drop-off. Parents were then given an update on their child’s day at the end of the day when they would be handed a physical piece of paper with a report on it. What their child ate, if they slept, who and what they played with would all be handwritten out by the teachers during nap time. Amid a hurried pick-up, a parent might glance at the paper and then store it away with the pile of one million drawings their child made that week, the entire stack of paper ending up crushed in the bottom of a bag, never to be glanced at again.
Does reading this make you cringe a little? All that manual work at precious nap time? And for what? A piece of paper that might not even make it out of the building?
Moving communication into the digital realm
If you’re not using an app to communicate with your parents you’re making it harder for everyone. Open communication is critical to any child care business. Parents want, need, and crave information on their child’s day and developmental progress. An app allows you to do this with minimal effort.
Share photos and videos with the parents in your program with only a few taps on your phone. The images will speak for themselves, saving you time and allowing you to focus on what matters: nurturing the young minds in your program.