Communicating with Childcare Providers
● By Digital Media Director
By: Lisa Verdin, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire
For years, childcare providers have utilized various forms of
technology to communicate with families. From email and websites to Facebook
and text messaging, there is no shortage of options to connect digitally. As
the family landscape has shifted from multi-children households to largely
nuclear families with fewer children, parents and teachers have come to expect
more from their interactions. Communication fosters better understanding and
collaboration between the classroom and home to make education a wholesome
experience for the child, and research shows increased parent participation is
a critical influence on student success.
With increased pressure to provide high-quality experiences tied to curriculum-based outcomes in early childhood education, teachers often find themselves with an increasing amount of administrative paperwork, cutting into valuable time spent with children… but technology is changing that.
Enter the season of the app. With the vast majority of the population now carrying smartphone devices, instant communication has become an expectation. Apps like, HiMama! allow teachers to interact with parents quickly and easily throughout the day by sharing pictures, eating schedules, nap time data, reminders and learning objectives. Parents are more connected to what their child is doing throughout the day than ever before, but face-to-face communication is still important. In fact, case studies have shown the increased communication via mobile apps leads to increased face-to-face communication as well. Apps give parents talking points to interact more with teachers during drop-off and pick-up, and parents also report feeling more connected to the education their child is receiving. This communication is especially pronounced in the early childhood years when children cannot yet verbalize what they learned at school that day.
When parents have received visual and explanation-driven data about their child’s day, continuing those concepts at home becomes seamless and results in a rich experience for children and families alike.