Childcare: the Importance of Partnership with Parents and Routines

Partnership with parents
Parents and primary carers are the most important people in every child’s life.   These are the people who children will learn from their values, culture and religious beliefs and they will influence most a child’s attitude and development.   These are the people who a child feels most secure with and who know the child best.   In fact current legislation such as the Children Act 1989 gives parents definite rights when it comes to their child, e.g. choosing the school their child to go to, the right of information about their child’s progress, physical state, etc. In this respect it is very important for me as a childminder to establish good relationship with parents.   Working in partnership with parents and primary carers will enable me to provide the best care for their child.   Having good relationship with the child’s parents or carers will enable the exchange of information to be easier and more relaxed and over time I will gain their trust and will make them feel confidant.   This can in turn make the separation for the child from their parent to a new carer within the setting much easier and being able to share as much information as possible with the parents will enable to meet the child’s needs much more easily.   This will also make the time when I meet with the parents and spend with their child enjoyable for me.

The first impression is always very important for setting up and maintaining a relationship.   That’s why when I first meet with a child and their parents I have to be professional and welcoming.   It is good to show them the setting and the documents I have such as certificates, registration and insurance documents and to introduce them to the other children in my care and parents if present and also to other people that live in my house.   I will ask the parents and the child where appropriate about the child’s likes and dislikes and the activities they like to engage in.  
Like any other relationship the one I have with...