Parent conferences are a time set aside for you to discuss a child’s progress and development. Parents may ask questions about their child and about the program. Conferences are usually held twice a year, but may be more often as needed. A written report should always be given to a parent at these meetings.
The conference gives you, as a provider, the chance to share your observations about a child’s strengths. You can also make suggestions for ways that the parents can enhance their child’s development at home. Other important areas to cover include showing examples of a child’s work, sharing the activities that their child seems to enjoy, and stressing ways that their child has made progress over time.
Major problems should be addressed with the parents as soon as they occur. You should not wait for a scheduled conference if you observe a problem with the child’s behavior.
Additional questions may come up during the conference that cannot be addressed at that time. Be sure to set up another meeting or make yourself available to speak over the phone. Parents should know that you will always make time to discuss questions and concerns about their child.