If we genuinely care for children then we need to genuinely care for their parents and whanau.
This means treating them with respect, kindness and empathy.
We recognise that the parent knows their child best and we do not try to take the place of the parent or think that we know best.
We reserve judgement and carefully consider and choose our words, and responses before offering them.
We see our role as a support for the child and their parent or whanau.
In this course we will be taking a in depth look at teacher parent relationships.
Some of the subjects discussed are:
How to build a relationship of respect and trust with parents and whanau.
How to create a great first impression.
Settling into a new service
Including parents and whanau in their child's learning and assessment.
Conflict management and courageous conversations
Creating a culture where parents feel that they have a place.
For most of my life I have been surrounded by little people, whether it has been during my 19+ years of working as an early childhood teacher and centre director or as a parent of my own 3 children.
As a teacher and a parent, I advocate for the RIE way of being and a massive believer in empowering children to learn through free play. Respectful relationships and heart led leadership are at the soul of who I am. I am a proponent of kindness and a seeker of joy.
My passion has always been fostering the lifelong love for learning in children. I work with teachers to empower them to be heart-led early childhood professionals. I work with centre owners, centre leaders, teachers and teams. I am also a provider of SELO for the Ministry of Education in New Zealand
My mission is to empower you by giving you the tools to help you to co-create magic in your life, your team's lives and the lives of the children and families in your place - because people matter.
Thank you for enrolling in this course. I am looking forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with you about how to strengthen your relationships with parents..