Relationships: Best Practices for Working with Families Who Have Infants

Best Practices for Working with Families Who Have Infants

What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module?  Identify the source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

48 thoughts on “Relationships: Best Practices for Working with Families Who Have Infants”

  1. Creating relationships is one of the best practices for working with families with infants that may be learned via the material and video in this module. According to Baker and Manfredi/Pettit, “relationships shape young children’s lives” (Relationships, the Heart of Quality Care,7). Relationships lead to security and trust, as well as the formation of ties. We must also honor our families, promote, and motivate our parents as carers.

  2. This week we learned about relationships with the families and why it is important to have. The first thing I learned is that it’s important for teachers and families to have relationships in order that the teacher can understand the family’s culture. As well these relationships are important because it ensures that the teacher and parent are on the same page about the child’s education, so the care they get at both school and home will be seamless and not confuse the child (Baker & Mandredi/Pettit).

    1. Jenna — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Relationships with families are important for infant teachers, babies & families. I wonder, what steps should infant teachers take to form relationships with families?

  3. In the video talk a lot about how to start and build a relationship with families, families were always come first in a child’s life that’s what the child’s first teacher. As teachers we will learn more talking to the family and interact with the family so we can get to know their child and to help them learn and grow. I like how i learned how to get and grow a Bond with the family and child.

  4. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify the source (reading or video) as you develop the list

    The best practice for working with families who have infants from the reading in this module is “Baker and Manfredi/Pettit,(2004)” because in this article families will learn the importance of a relationship with infants. Also, they will learn relationships young babies have with adults because children need
    to be appropriate.

  5. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

    some of the best practices for working with families is creating realships with the family to get to know them.

    1. Guadalupe — — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Getting to know & creating a relationships with families is important work of infant teachers. I wonder, how should infant teachers get to know & form relationships with families?

  6. what are the best practices with working with families and infants is building relationships not only with teacher and caregiver but with adults and other because the baby feels when something is off with the adults if they don’t trust each other and when everyone gets along it will lead to positive outcome to the baby.

    1. Karen — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Building relationships with families is an important part of an infant teacher’s job. I wonder, what steps should infant teachers take to build relationships with families?

  7. Best practices with working with families and infants is building a trustful bond and having house visit to get to know the families better. As mentioned in “Baker & Manfredi/ Petitt (2004)” “Loving, trusting relationships with caring adults result in secure attachments” meaning the more the child feel loved and wanted they feel more safe with being around you.

    1. India — — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. It is important that infant teachers build a trusting bond with families. I wonder, what steps should infant teachers take to build trusting bonds with families?

  8. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify the source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

    The best practices for working with families who have infants is to set a foundation of expectation where parents understand the role they play in their children’s learning. This is important because building a relationship with a child is a main priority in the child’s life so that they can get the support they need. In the video it said, “Parents are their child’s first and important teacher….providing support as they are learning to explore the world around them.” This explains how important families who have infants.

    1. Khadii — Thanks for your comment in this activity. For infant teachers to recognize that families are the 1st & most important teacher in a child’s life is crucial. I wonder, how would infant teachers work with families to set a foundation so families understand how important their role in is in the life of their child?

  9. Relationships is the foundation to being a successful teacher. According to Baker & Manfredi/ Petitt (2004), the daily curriculum in an infant classroom is relationships. Caring and trust enables the teacher to understand the families child-rearing practices and values and offer seamless and holistic care.

    1. Ari — Thanks for your comment in this activity. Relationships are the curriculum when working with infants, toddlers & families. It sounds so simple, but is not so easy to implement; I wonder, how can infant teachers facilitate caring & trusting relationships with families “to understand the familes child rearing practices and values and offer seamless and holistic care” (Sheftall, 2022)?

  10. Some best practices when working with families based on Baker & Manfedi is to build relationships with parents, caregivers and child, and caregivers among coworkers. Building relationships means better communication between all which means fewer mistakes will be made and there will be more understanding rather than confusion between all parties. With strong relationships, parents and teachers will be able to express their questions and concerns more freely without feeling afraid to do so.

    1. Marisol — Thanks for your comment in this activity. Strong relationships between staff, families and babies are important when working with babies. I wonder, how do infant teachers build strong relationships with families and colleagues?

  11. The video highlights the importance of strong positive relationships between families and caregivers. In these relationships it is important to establish trust , respect , and to be understanding of the families desires for their child. In order to be understanding it is important that we are open minded and willing to change certain dynamics within the classroom if it will make another family feel comfortable and secure .

    1. Jayda– Thanks for your comment in this activity. Relationships are the foundation of working with babies and families. I wonder, how can infant teachers create relationships with families that are based on trust, respect & understanding?

  12. It is crucially important to establish a relationship with the primary caregivers of the children in your care as a teacher because children can sense when the parent or caregiver is distrustful of the person and then the child picks up on that distrust making it harder to establish a relationship with the child.

    1. Sean — Thanks for your comment in this activity. Relationships with families & babies are crucial when working with infants. I wonder, how should infant teachers establish trusting relationships with families?

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