February 2020 Newsletter – Supporting Child Development: Interactions with Adults

Consider how the following interactions with adults can promote children’s development:

  • Day to day family conversations – Brief conversations with families help you build trust with parents, which will be useful when challenging conversations arise.
  • Family/teacher conferences – Conferences promote collaboration on goals for children’s future development, which will help parents promote development at home.
  • Email or paper communication with families- Teachers can share a wide variety of activity ideas via family communication tools. In addition, teacher can share positive guidance strategies that families can use to create a consistent approach to helping children learn self-regulation skills.
  • Staff meetings – Staff meetings provide an opportunity for staff members to learn from one another, brainstorm solutions to challenging situations, and address quality improvement efforts that will benefit children and families.
  • Disagreements with coworkers – When differences arise between coworkers, teachers have the opportunity to model compromise and problem solving skills. It is also an opportunity to consider solutions that will be best for children’s development.
  • Providing feedback on performance – Coaching or providing feedback on performance can help teachers improve teaching strategies, reduce stress, and develop deeper relationships with children.
  • Interactions with visitors and perspective families – These interactions provide children with examples of greetings, manners, and turn-taking conversations.

For the main article Supporting Child Development, CLICK HERE
For the article Tasks within the Physical Environment, CLICK HERE
For the article Tasks within the Daily RoutineCLICK HERE
For the article Interactions with Children, CLICK HERE