Family or parents involvement is essential in early childhood education. Building a strong partnership with families will help support kids in their development. Most parents do need to be engaged in their kid’s learning development (Ary, Jacobs, Irvine & Walker, 2018). However, they do not know how to get involved. Early childhood educators may undertake several measures to increase parent’s involvement.
Constant communication with parents
Establishing s strong partnerships with parents/families is an essential initiative for educators to offer practical learning experiences, and opportunities in their preschool. To develop and promote the skills of kids, teachers should ensure that they are regularly communicating with families, and seek out involvement activities to incorporate them into the learning process of their children.
Inviting Parents into the Classroom
Early childhood educators should request parents to be guests in the preschool classroom I order to encourage involvement (Topping & Wolfendale, 2017). Parents should be asked to share information concerning their career. The preschoolers’ educators should request the guest parents lead an activity, which relates to one of their exceptional talents or games.
Delegate to Parents
The educators should make parent volunteers feel like part and parcel of the team, by possibly giving specific tasks to them (Ary, Jacobs, Irvine & Walker, 2018). The implication is that parent involvement activities in the preschool do not have to be all entertaining or even educational. Rather they may be practical as well.
Parent’s Involvement in homework assignments
Early childhood educators should make regular homework assignments, which require learners to discuss with their parents whatever they are learning in the classroom (Topping & Wolfendale, 2017). Hence, this will enable the parents, or families to get involved in what their kids are being taught and monitor the progress of their children through the homework.
The preschoolers’ educators should engage parents in school planning as well as meaningful volunteer opportunities. Through these events such a volunteer opportunity. Parents will get to know each other, and the teachers. Therefore, there will require robust participation and engagement of parents.
Overall, getting parents or families involved in your preschool classroom does not need to be difficult. By regular communication with parents; asking questions, as well as inviting them to be part and parcel of the preschool community, teachers, learners and parents/ families can all benefit.
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Topping, K., & Wolfendale, S. (Eds.). (2017). Parental involvement in children’s reading. Routledge.
Wardle, F. (2013). Collaboration with Families and Communities. Bridgepoint Education.