As a teacher you know one of the most important and stressful times in a parents life can be choosing the right school for their child. This post is about the best way to support them as they are on the search for a quality program for their child.
1. Make them feel welcome. Invite them in! I am not big on scheduling visits, but then again I own the school and make my own rules. If you are in a school that requires a parent to pre-schedule, then so be it! Invite them in, they want to see you at work. Show them attention answer their questions, listen to them, but keep working to show you know what the heck you are doing!
2. Don't be fake! Be yourself! You cannot fool a parent! Also, lets be real, if you have to fake being a nice person, WHY ARE YOU TEACHING PRESCHOOL?!?
3. Realize that you are not everyone's cup of tea, and that is OK. Tell them about your self, give them some background. Tell them why you are a teacher. Give them your teaching philosophy, goals, or mission right there in person!
4. Make sure to give any literature your school hands out, Business cards, brochures, and a website or Facebook page for them to look at.
5. TALK TO THEIR CHILD! Ask the child to join your class, ask the child questions, show an interest in the child! You should honestly be interested in this child! You both need to feel each other out.
6. If only one parent can make it, let them know you would be happy to meet with the other parent, when he or she has the time.
7. Show them around your classroom, point out the areas where they can find parent information.
8. Give them a run down of everything you do in class, whats the class schedule?
9. Show them your teaching credentials, if you don't have a notebook of your training's and certificates, you need to make one NOW!
10. Ask them to feel free to contact you personally if they have any questions after they leave. Coming to a new place can be overwhelming with all that is going on. They may think of something they were meaning to ask after they leave. Let them know its ok, it happens and you WANT them to contact you if they think of something.
11. Take their information. Send a follow up email, Thanking them for coming in and again extending the opportunity for them to call if they have anymore questions.
Good luck! Meeting new parents is parent of running, owning or being a preschool teacher. This is something that has to, and will be done all year long. Some people hear about you and get such a solid recommendation that by the time they make it to visit you they want paperwork to sign up! Others just found you online or on a list of preschools, either way, be prepared!
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Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 13 years in the ECE profession.