Written by: Mr. Mohan Dallumal, BA (Hons) Dip.Ed M.Ed., Certified HRDC Trainer
A child’s success in preschool and life depends on a partnership between the school and home. This partnership fosters a sense of security and support for the child, which improves academic performance and behaviour.
The importance of the partnership between home and preschool cannot be overstated. Children’s success in preschool and life largely depends on the level of collaboration and support between parents and teachers.
Research has shown that young children feel more secure and supported when there is a school and home partnership. Children behave better and do better academically. Parents feel supported by the preschool and subsequently, their quality of parenting improves. Teachers perform better and have higher morals as they are trusted by parents.
Parents can also get involved by attending parenting workshops, mini-projects, school events and celebrations, and meetings organized by preschools. And, the parents’ communication books will also be important to ensure regular and consistent communication between home and preschool.
Besides, preschools can involve parents through daily interaction with teachers, bulletin boards, and periodic parent-teacher meetings. These platforms can provide parents with a better understanding of their child, their teachers, and the preschool’s programmes. Preschool programmes will in turn improve as parents give their feedback regarding existing programmes.
The key to success for this partnership is respect and open communication between parents and teachers. The partnership between home and preschool is crucial for promoting children’s success in both preschool and life.
Swedish philosopher Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, believed that schools should provide a nurturing environment for children, and teachers should act as parental figures. The primary goal of both parents and teachers is to establish a supportive and harmonious relationship between home and school.