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Using Your ECE Certification to Communicate with Families

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

As a teaching professional, you are in a unique position when it comes to observing the way children behave and interact with their peers and their environment. You also have experience working with children who have a broad range of abilities, so spotting trouble areas can be easier for you than for someone without that special perspective. Communicating these types of concerns to a child’s family can be tricky, however, and so it’s important to know how to approach the situation so the important information reaches the parents in an effective way. During your ECE certification, you’ll take a variety of CDA courses that help you learn these methods.


Avoiding Pitfalls

One of the biggest obstacles to effective communication with families about their child’s needs is often their own defensiveness. Good news from a teacher is always welcome, but hearing about challenges or issues a child is having can be much harder. This dynamic is compounded by the fact that any discussion about a problem a child is having can often be taken by the family as a critique of their parenting abilities. You can learn more about communicating with parents in our “Parent/Teacher Conferences” CDA course.


The Importance of Open Communication with Families

The training you receive to obtain your ECE certification through ProSolutions Training online CDA coursework gives you the tools you need to avoid these potential pitfalls that can interfere with effective communication with families. This is especially important because the experience of a child in the classroom is only one part of what impacts their growth and development. To ensure that a child is receiving everything they need to realize their full potential, there should be a positive working relationship with the child’s family. Our CDA course “The Art of Communication Part II: Communicating with Families” can provide you with the skills you need to artfully speak with your students’ families.


How Obtaining Your ECE Certification Helps Facilitate Communication

In the online training courses offered by ProSolutions Training, you will learn how to set families at ease and make them more receptive from the beginning by starting off with positive comments about their child. You’ll also benefit from knowing what types of resources to provide and how best to make these available to families. You can learn how to help families find these resources in our course “Helping Families Access Resources”.

In these types of discussions, it’s just as important to know what to say as it is to know what not to say. Your role as a professional educator is to bring the issue to the attention of the family so that the child receives the proper care and support. Through ProSolutions Training CDA courses, you’ll learn how to convey your concern while avoiding making or suggesting a diagnosis, particularly when doing so can unnecessarily alarm families.

Because building a relationship with families is so important, ProSolutions Training offers a comprehensive series of courses designed to help you communicate your concerns and encourage families' involvement in their child’s education. Courses are broken down into manageable blocks that make it possible to master the material and immediately utilize it in your classroom and family interactions. Obtaining your ECE certification is an essential step in your growth as an educator, and its benefits will be felt by all of your students as well.


Our CDA curriculum is offered entirely online, and 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 obtain your ECE certification, contact us today.