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How to Communicate with Families

Speaking with parents about their child can be challenging, but here are a couple of ways to communicate effectively.

How to Communicate with Families

As an early childhood education teacher, you are in a special position. You see the way children play with their peers. And know how they interact with their environment.
You also have experience working with children who have a broad range of abilities. Spotting concerns can be easier for you than for someone without that experience.
Communicating these types of concerns to a child’s family can be tricky. So it’s important to know how to approach the situation. Make sure the important information reaches the parents in a useful way. During your CDA Training, you’ll take a variety of courses that help you practice these skills. 

Discussing Challenges

One of the biggest barriers to communication is the family's defensiveness. Good news from a teacher is always welcome. But hearing about issues a child is having can be much harder.
A discussion about a problem can feel like a judgment of parenting abilities. Learn more about how to talk with parents in our “Parent/Teacher Conferences” course. It's included in the 120 hours of CDA Training.

Open Communication

The training you receive through our online CDA Training gives you the tools you need. Learn to avoid potential pitfalls that can prevent open communication.
The experience of a child in the classroom is only one part of what impacts their growth and development. It's important for a child to learn everything they need to realize their full potential. This includes creating a positive working relationship with the child’s family.
The course “The Art of Communication Part II” gives more ideas. Learn when and how to speak with your students’ families. This course is also included in the CDA Training program.

Help Ease Communication

In our online training courses, you'll learn how to set families at ease. Make families more open by sharing positive comments about their children. Know what types of resources to provide and how best to make these available to families. Our course “Helping Families Access Resources” helps you get started.
In these discussions, it’s important to know what to say, as well as what not to say. Your role as an educator is to bring the issue to the attention of the family. Then the child receives the proper care and support.
Through ProSolutions Training CDA Training, you’ll learn how to share your concerns. Avoid making or suggesting a diagnosis. Particularly when doing so can alarm families.
Building a relationship with families is so important. ProSolutions Training offers a series of courses to help you communicate your concerns. Encourage families' involvement in their child’s education.
All courses include short content blocks that make it easier to learn. You can use your skills in your classroom and family interactions. Obtaining your CDA credential or other training is key to your growth as an educator.
Our CDA Training curriculum is available online. It's made up of 106 courses that take 120 hours to complete. To learn more about ProSolutions Training and the ways we can help you get CDA Training, contact us today.