Connecting With Parents Through Technology

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Connecting Parents Technology

Communicating with parents and families in an Early Years setting has never been more important, and technology is an excellent way of building connections.

Parent communication and collaboration with the setting is key to child development

Going to nursery offers children the opportunity to develop social skills, flourishing and learning in a safe, supportive environment, and engaging parents is essential. The EYFS underlines the importance of communicating clearly and regularly with parents to build good relationships and develop collaborative partnerships between key workers and families. Nursery teachers should keep parents up to date with their child’s progress, sharing observations, involving them in assessments and supporting them in guiding their development within their home environment.

Transparent, regular, effective communication is essential to any professional or personal relationship. It makes an enormous difference to parents of children in a nursery setting. It will keep them informed, reassure them and develop parental engagement over the longer term.

Integrating technology in a post-COVID world for maximum parent engagement

Building and maintaining parent-teacher communication has been very challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Covid restrictions have meant that parents quickly drop off and pick up, and Early Years practitioners have struggled to make them feel included in their child’s life.

Some children may need extra reassurance about returning to the nursery and spending less time with their parents as lockdown ends. Luckily, both parents and nursery practitioners’ high levels of technology readiness mean that digital communication can be a fantastic way to engage with parents and families.

The benefits of digital communication and technology in the EY setting

Digital communication offers many benefits to Early Years settings. In addition to being a quick and easy way of recording observations, technology enables key workers and parents to communicate quickly and openly throughout the day, sharing updates and any specific concerns. Nursery teachers can also share their expertise on various topics such as child development, behavioural issues and sleep routines.

Tips for showcasing technology within the setting and encouraging parents to participate

Modern technology allows parents or carers to receive regular feedback and updates about what’s going on in the nursery. This could be via an app, a newsletter, or a closed WhatsApp or Facebook group. Regular communication lets parents know exactly how their child is progressing. If there are any specific concerns, parents can be supported to monitor their child at home and intervene quickly if any issues arise. You could start a blog or resource centre with material that parents can access in their own time.

You can also boost parental engagement by inviting them to join nursery outings or participate in fundraisers such as coffee mornings, book sales and summer or Christmas fetes.

How Nursery Story technology aids parent engagement simply and effectively

Nursery Story software is a quick, simple and effective way to connect with parents.

The Nursery Story Instant Messaging feature enables fast, secure communication, allowing you to reassure parents throughout the day. Our Daily Story feature gives parents complete insight into their child’s progress, straight to their smartphone. Parents and carers can share stories and photos about what their children are getting up to at home. Parents can also receive push notifications and messages, so they are always up to speed with everything that’s going on, and they’ll never miss any of their child’s “Wow!” moments.

To find out more about how Nursery Story software can help you stay connected with parents book a demo today.  

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