Get to know your child's school
Getting to know your child's school is not so easy to do as a busy, working parent. Yet taking the time to learn the rhythms and routines of your child's school is more important than you can imagine - it not only lets the school know you are an engaged parent, but yields benefits for the children who see that you take an active interest in their life away from home.
Step one: Make the appointment
Parents can't just show up at a school and wander around on their own, expecting to discover all they wish to know. Schools may have strict security policies forbidding strangers from school grounds. Make an appointment to visit. The school staff are likely to want to show you around, take you on a tour and explain how the school works.
Step two: Remain courteous
After you've made the appointment, remain engaged with the school by staying up to date with the newsletter and class activities of your own child. As appropriate, call or write to your child's teachers. Teachers appreciate the courtesy of appointments and letters.
Step three: Reach out to other school parents
Talk to other parents about their experiences of the school. At drop-off and pick-up time, it's worth striking up conversations and asking other parents' view of the school. It may not always be convenient, but try to attend school functions or volunteer for the Parents & Citizens or working bees.
Find more about communicating with schools:
- How school's communicate with parents
- Communicating with the school
- 7 ways to prepare for parent-teacher interviews
- Is your child too sick for school?
- Learning difficulties
- Separation anxiety and school
- School readiness
- Solving school difficulties
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