If you work in the child care sector, you will understand just how important your role is. An insurance company might consider a high value item as jewellery, a painting or some high-end electronic equipment amongst other items. But a parent will consider their children more precious than anything. Understandably, this means that it will often be difficult for them to leave their children with anyone.
This is because they have probably spent very little time away from their child. However, there will also be some difficulty in trusting someone to take care of their most precious bundle of joy.
You will need to see matters from the parents' perspective and present useful information to them. You will then be able to demonstrate that you are worthy of their trust and that you are qualified to take good care of their children.
First Impressions Count
Bear in mind that people are wired to form an opinion of others within a few seconds of meeting them without a single word being spoken. It is important that the impression that parents are left with after an initial meeting is a good one as this will usually last and will help parents to determine whether they are prepared to trust you.
As part of the process, you will need to take into account your facial expressions and body language. You must present yourself as open and personable or you will look as though you will have something to hide.
First impressions also relate to the premises where children will be cared for, which needs to be safe, clean and accessible. In being fit for purpose, it must also meet the relevant health and safety and fire regulations.
Recognise Your Responsibility
Understand that it is a major responsibility in the child care sector is to take care of someone's children and keep this in mind at all times. This will help to ensure that you are presenting the right image and providing relevant information to the parents
Making the parents aware that you recognise this will make them feel comfortable, as it will demonstrate that you understand their point of view. Let the parents know that you are aware that it is a major responsibility to look after their children and that you take it seriously.
Keeping this responsibility will mind will also help ensure that you maintain the highest standards with every child that you look after.
Give the parents peace of mind by being ready to provide any information that they might want. This will help to reassure them that you are capable of working in the child care sector.
You will need to have an air of confidence when offering any details to ensure this comes across properly. This will make it clear that you are sure of your abilities and do not have any doubts about the important role that you have taken on.
Be sure to allow parents the opportunity to ask any questions that they might have, and express any concerns so that you then have the chance to put their mind at rest.
If you have experience of taking care of children, point this out to the parents. Let them get an idea of your reputation and experience. Show them any testimonials that may have been provided about your work.
If it is appropriate, permit the parents to sit in on a normal session that you have with the children you look after so they can see happens and will know what to expect.
Maintain Your Education
Looking after children on a professional level requires a certain level of education. And you should be able to demonstrate what you have achieved. Present your qualifications to make parents feel comfortable and they will surely be impressed by your dedication.
It will also be necessary to keep up with any updates in your education that apply to your field. Ensure that you are aware of the most recent developments and your knowledge is relevant.
Here at The Learning Station, we offer a number of child care qualifications
. We can train you to become an Early Years Practitioner
or qualified child carer through online distance learning
Do you work in the child care sector? Leave a comment below to share what you know in terms of impressing and reassuring parents.
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