At The Green Elephant, building strong connections is at the heart of our approach. We recognise the vital role parents play in their child’s growth and development, and we appreciate their expertise, insights, aspirations, and concerns. Through open and transparent communication, we ensure that parents are actively involved in their child’s education, and we encourage them to actively participate in decision-making processes and collaborative activities.
We firmly believe that the partnership we build with parents is key to creating a nurturing and enriching environment for every child. By fostering positive relationships, we establish a solid foundation for their child’s future success; one based on trust, respect, and shared goals. Together, we create a supportive and inclusive community where parents feel heard, valued, and empowered in their child’s educational journey.
Being Aligned with Childcare Values
For parents, it’s essential to choose a childcare or early learning centre that aligns with their values. This ensures that their child is in an environment where their beliefs, principles, and aspirations are respected and integrated into the learning process. At The Green Elephant, we understand the significance of this alignment, and we’ve built our centres around a set of core values that guide our decisions and actions.
Our first and most important value is respect. We believe in respecting each child as an individual with their unique strengths, interests, and learning style. This fosters an inclusive and nurturing environment where every child feels valued and supported.
Secondly, we prioritise holistic development. We recognise that childrens’ growth encompasses not only their intellectual development but also their emotional, social, and physical well-being. We provide a well-rounded curriculum that encourages exploration, creativity, and a love for lifelong learning.
We also emphasize sustainability and environmental awareness. Through various activities and practices, we instill in children a sense of responsibility towards the planet, teaching them the importance of caring for the environment and living sustainably.
Collaboration and community are additional pillars of our values. We believe in actively engaging with students, and openly communicating with parents in childcare as we work towards a shared vision.
At The Green Elephant, we are dedicated to upholding these values and providing unwavering support to parents as we collectively shape a bright and promising future for their children.
Ways to get Involved in Childcare
We strongly believe in the power of parental involvement in a child’s educational journey, which is why we encourage parents to actively participate in various ways to create a collaborative and enriching experience for their child.
Firstly, we invite parents to engage in regular communication with our educators. Progress reports and daily updates ensure that parents are well-informed about their child’s activities, milestones, and areas of focus. This communication allows parents to stay aware of their child’s development.
We also offer opportunities for parents to participate in decision-making processes. By involving them in curriculum planning and policy discussions, we ensure that their voices are heard and their perspectives are valued.
By offering multiple avenues for parental involvement, we create a supportive and collaborative community where parents feel comfortable and confident sharing their insights and ideas for their child’s education.
What are the Benefits of Building a Positive Relationship with Your Childcare
By building a positive relationship with your child’s early learning centre, the benefits of childcare for parents can extend beyond the educational setting. Here are some key advantages:
- Enhanced communication: Developing a positive relationship with your child’s early learning centre promotes open and effective communication. You can stay updated on your child’s progress and you’ll have the opportunity to address any concerns.
- Shared goals and consistency: By collaborating with the educators to set shared goals for your child’s development, you can reinforce important skills and values, and ensure consistency between educational and home learning environments.
- Tailored support: A positive relationship enables educators to better understand your child’s individual needs, strengths, and challenges. They can provide personalised support and tailored learning experiences that cater to your child’s unique requirements, fostering their growth.
- Trust and comfort: Building trust with your child’s educators creates a sense of security and comfort for both you and your child. Knowing that your child is in a safe and nurturing environment allows you to have peace of mind while fostering their confidence.
- Partnership in education: A positive relationship between you and your childcare provider invites you to actively participate in your child’s education. This partnership empowers you as a parent and strengthens your bond with your child.
- Resourceful support network: Your child’s early learning centre can connect you with a network of educators and fellow parents. This community can provide support, guidance, and opportunities for shared experiences and learning.
How we Support Parents Outside of the Childcare Setting
Parenting is undeniably challenging, requiring immense dedication, patience, and adaptability to navigate the complexities of raising a child. At The Green Elephant, we recognise the importance of assisting parents beyond the boundaries of our childcare setting. One way we do this is by providing resources and recommendations for relevant community services, such as health clinics, family counselling centres, and support networks. This ensures that parents have access to additional guidance and access to professionals who can assist them in areas beyond our expertise. We also offer a digital platform for parents to connect and share experiences, exchange advice, and form meaningful connections with like-minded individuals.
Find out if the Green Elephant is the Right Childcare for Your Family
If you’re seeking an early learning centre that values collaboration, respects individuality, and fosters a supportive community, we invite you to explore whether The Green Elephant is the right fit for you and your child. To learn more about our philosophy, curriculum, meal plans, and tips on finding reputable childcare options for working parents, read our blog here. Or, to experience it for yourself, book a guided tour of one of our state-of-the-art early learning facilities.