Building Self Esteem In Parents And Staff
Most parents experience some guilt when leaving their child's care up to someone other than themselves. Making the transition to daycare easier and improving parent/provider communication enhances the quality of care for everyone involved. Here are some ways you can help build parent self-esteem in their decision to use your school.
Create a drop-off routine for the children that will make the separation period easier. You can have a Hug and Good-bye corner or find ways to redirect the child's attention from the leaving parent to the fun inside the school.
Avoid overburdening parents with requests. Too many requests for field trip volunteers, snacks or baked goods, or assistance with various projects only reinforces a parent's guilt when they're not able to help out due to work commitments. Set up a system that allows parents to volunteer according to their own time, schedule and ability.
Schedule some time each month to ask parents if there is anything they need from the school, if they have any concerns, or to tell you how their child appears to be adjusting from their perspective. You might also set up an information station where parents can drop off or pick up notes when they are rushed. This is a great place to leave notes for parents telling them what their child's day has been like, how they are adjusting to care, or if you have any concerns about the child's health, etc. Or you could attach a simple Post-It note to each child's backpack telling the parents a special thing their child did that day.
Host a surprise "Parents Are Cool" day, complete with child decorated banners and cards. Give each parent a note thanking them for using your services and letting them know how valuable they are.
Child care workers seldom get the recognition they deserve for the valuable work they do. There are many simple ways to let your staff know they are tops in your book.
Take a few moments to attach a note of appreciation to the caregivers' paychecks or fee payments.
Recognize their achievements such as completed courses, positive feedback from parents, volunteer efforts in the community, etc. Post the appreciation where everyone else can see it as well.
Involve your staff in new developments. Ask them to coordinate the changes if they are up to the challenge, and ask for their honest feedback on the changes. Listen to them openly and respect their opinions. Respect breeds respect in turn, and a feeling of well being. Additionally, you just might get a fantastic idea or two that hadn't occurred to you.
Have an open door policy for your staff as well as parents. Make yourself as approachable as possible.
Encourage humor in your facility. Set up a Humor Bulletin Board where everyone can post jokes, cartoons, , etc. Decorate the area in a fun way.
Below are some simple ways to boost both parents' and caregivers' self-esteem that won't cost you a cent.
Listen: Really listen, no interrupting, no planning a response.
Affection: Be generous with pats on the back, acknowledgment, etc. These small gestures demonstrate a sincere affection to the person involved.
Laughter: Share funny stories with your parents and caregivers. Encourage them to do the same.
A Written Note: Sometimes the simplest words mean the most, like a Thank You note, or a few words of appreciation penned on a .
A Compliment: A simple and sincere compliment will perk up anyone's day.
A Favor: Every day, go out of your way to do something, even one thing kind.
A Cheerful Disposition: A cheerful disposition affects everyone it touches. A kind word, a smile, a happy hello, make a gift that keeps on giving.