Ask the Expert: Why conferences for my toddler or preschooler?

April 9, 2013

By Stacy Mitchell, Gan Ami Curriculum & Staff Development Director

At Gan Ami, we believe that relationship building is one of the most important parts of our jobs as early childhood educators. When we as parents and teachers take time to sit down and listen, ask questions, and share information, we all act in the best interest of the child.

Many parents wonder about the importance of toddler, preschool or kindergarten conferences.  “My child is so little, do I really need to do this?” A parent -teacher conference is an excellent, focused opportunity for you as parents to check in on your child’s growth, ask questions about your child’s interests, and learning patterns. You, the parent, are the expert regarding your child and you will be able to share many valuable insights regarding their development. Teachers will provide a snapshot into your child’s learning, as well as listen and respond to concerns or questions you may have.

One of the most important parts of conferences for both parents and teachers happens before the conference.  Preparation is the key for all involved in a parent-teacher conference.  Teachers prepare by noting the growth and development of children in all aspects of their educational and social development. Parents can arrive with questions for their child’s teachers; such as:

      • What is my child’s favorite activity at school?
      • In what areas has my child grown the most during school?
      • Are there any problems at school? If so, how have you handled these problems and how did my child react?
      • What are the best ways we can be involved in the class and communicate with you in the future?

Conferences are an opportunity to build connections with families and teachers so that we can partner to provide a powerful and meaningful educational journey for your child here at Gan Ami.