Getting to Know Families & Babies: 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 your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

 

220 thoughts on “Getting to Know Families & Babies: Best Practices for Working with Families who have Infants”

  1. Best Practices are Goldsmith & Theilhiemer (2015) Home visits and phase-in help infant instructors in a variety of ways. They can, for example, form a bond with the child’s parents. In addition, teachers and parents can share information. Finally, teachers can have a deeper understanding of their students and determine the best way to assist them. Home visits and phase-in aid families by allowing them to form ties with their children’s teachers. Parents can relax knowing that they have a specialist with whom they can discuss their child’s upbringing (Goldsmith & Theilhiemer, 2015) When families are unsure about what to do, teachers can provide direction. 2015 (Goldsmith & Theilhiemer).

    I’d like to work in a phase-in newborn school because it would allow me to better interact with the children and their families. I would have the chance to expand my expertise. As a future infant teacher, I’d like to conduct home visits so that I can gain a better understanding of the child’s background, the parent’s relationship with their child, the family’s activities and routines, the family’s culture, and beliefs, and so that I can better support the baby’s learning development while taking into account the parents’ aspirations and requirements.

    1. Madeline — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. I appreciate your insights about phase-in; I wonder, what are your thoughts about home visiting?

  2. This week I read the article Block (2014) that talking about teachers conducting home visits. This practice is very important because here you are able to learn about the child’s routines at home as well as how they communicate at home. Knowing these things help you become a better teacher because now you can cater to what the child needs and what the family wants for their child.
    This works for families with infants because it is important to raise the child how the family wants and that starts from a young age. Children are always learning more and teaching them early will help them not have confusion as they grow up.

  3. one important practice that I learned is conducting home visits and having/creating relationships with the child and family. To make sure that that the child and parents feel welcome and valued to show them that we attend to the child needs. Talking with the parents about the child interests and dislikes to know more of who the child is to get a better look at them.

    1. Karen — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infants teachers create relationships with families? I wonder, how can phase-in support developing relationships with families?

  4. The best practice for working with families in this module is doing a phase in interview before having the child go into the center to get to know the family and the child a little more. This helps the teachers understand what the child likes and does´t like. This also helps the parents to get to know their child´s caregiver

    1. Yazmin — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. An interview is a powerful tool to use before a child starts a program. I wonder, how does an interview connect to home visits &/ or phase-in?

  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.
    Best Practices for working with families who have infants is Goldsmith & Theilhiemer (2015) because the article provided information about phase-in. The center’s teachers respect individual differences, communicate effectively, understand attachment and build strong relationships.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?
    I would apply the information to families because when the families leave their babies to the classroom or center, they feel guilty and stressed. I will ensure the parents that their babies are happy safe in the classroom or center.

    1. Tory — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Phase-in is important when working with families who have infants; I wonder, what role do home visits have when working with families who have infants?

  6. In the article Goldsmith-Theilheimer-2015 it explains how the phase-in process works and which it takes place at any point in the year, whenever a child and family are ready to enter a program. The phase-in process conclude of making home visits to the child’s home , this process can be done in two ways either in person or an intake interview at the center.

    What I learned on the article was that during the phase-in home visits the teacher learn valuable information about the child which is helpful to them in providing the child with high quality care and also help them feel more content. I think that this process is crucial because the teacher will learn about the child from whom knows he/her best their family members.

    I will definitely use this method whenever a family is ready to enroll their child. This method will give me the opportunity to go through the expectations and foundations of the center and I can learn from the families what they’re hopes and expectations they have or hope to accomplish. I believe the phase-in process is important because it will also allow the teacher to develop a relationship with the families and reassure them that their child is in good hands while in their care at the center.

    1. Juana — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Phase-in is a powerful tool when working with families who have babies; I wonder, what role does home visits have when working with families who have babies?

  7. 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 who have infants from the readings and lectures are the building a relationship with families are always important, making sure parents ar einvolved in their child life and when they are at school or Day care is important for the Teacher so they can understand the child and Parent better.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    It described a lot about infants when they are trying to change from being with momentos to a classroom, they should implement great greeting and a Comfort space for children so they can adjust to changing to Another space.

    1. Dayeli — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Building a relationship with families & ensuring families are involved is an important part of an infant teacher’s job. I wonder, how would an infant teacher build relationships with families & work to engage families in infant classrooms?

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

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    the best practice to know better the family and the child is phase in and home visits so the childs can learn from what is going to be in the classroom

  9. home visits are something that I learned the importance of during this module, I learned that they are not only important for knowing the child but for knowing how the teacher can help the family and what to expect from the child in their classroom.

    1. Sean — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. A masterful infant teacher helps a family know what to expect from the child in the classroom, the teacher & the program; I wonder, how can an infant teacher help families form those expectations?

  10. 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.

    One f the best practices for working with families who have infants is giving the caregiver every information they need to know about the child. For example, if the child has asthma, the parent should let it be known what medications the child uses incase of an emergency or the asthma plan that the caregiver should have to remember. From the video that I watched, Janini was breaking down important elements of the arrival. One of the child had a medical condition, so she always made sure to ask questions. She said, “Understanding and enduring the family and the child’s needs during his arrival.”

    1. Khadii — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teachers develop relationships with families to get the pertinent information they need about a baby and family?

  11. 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.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    Block (2014) says, Conducting home visits allows educators to better understand a child’s home environment, establish strong relationships with families, share tools and strategies that support families in learning about child development, emphasize parents’ role in being their child’s first teachers, and identify ways to incorporate a family’s culture into the child care setting.

    Partnerships with Families Part 2 Video gives ideas on how to set the stage very earl before the child begins in the classroom. Having the families come to the location and ask questions to the staff and vice versa.

    1. Ari — Thanks for posting your comment in this activity. I wonder, were any best practices for working with families who have infants described in the Goldsmith & Theilhiemer (2015) reading?

  12. the best practices for working with families who have infants in the phase-in time. phase-in time is great way bond with families, teacher and infants. families and have a relationships with the teachers talk to them more about the infants.

    1. Leana — Thanks for sharing your comment in this activity. Phase-in allows families, teachers, and babies to bond. I wonder, were any best practices for working with families who have infants described in the Black (2014) reading?

  13. Communication, understanding, and care are the best practices for working with infant families. Both parents and children are starting to move into unknown waters, and they may be experiencing separation anxiety from their child. It is important to communicate concerns and reassure both the parent and the child that everything will be fine. Lines of communication can keep parents informed and put their minds at ease knowing their child is doing well throughout the day.

    1. Mehnaz — Thanks for posting your reply in this activity. Families are entrusting their most prized possession — their child — with people they do not know when they start a child care program. Communication & understanding are important practices for working with families who have infants. I wonder, were there any other best practices for working with families who infants identified from the Block (2014) and Goldsmith & Theilhiemer (2015) readings?

  14. Some best practices when working with families include doing home visits. Home visits are beneficial to learn more about the child, build a relationship with their family and learn about their culture.
    We can apply the information to families with infants, by making sharing strategies such as routines done at home for the most comfortability at school. This type of information can be shared during pick up or drop off and can be helpful in order to build new strategies for the child.

  15. The best practices for working with families are based on the reading entitled “ Meeting families where they live” by Mary Block which incorporates being comfortable doing home visits for the children in your classroom. This allows the teacher to get an overall view of what the child’s home life is like. In addition it allows the parent and teacher to partner together to enhance the development of the child. When a teacher is familiar with a child’s home environment. They are able to apply it within the classroom which creates a safe space for the child to feel comfortable and as though they have something to relate to .

    I can apply this to families that have infants by partnering with the family to establish a bond that allows them to feel comfortable with me doing home visits. This will help the child to understand that the teacher and parents are working together and maintaining a positive relationship for them.
    Likewise it will help the child become familiar with your face, your scent, and your touch which will allow the child to build trust with you naturally .

    1. Jayda — Thanks for your comment in this activity. Home visits with families who have infants is important; I wonder, how does phase-in connect to best practices for working with families who have infants?

  16. The best practices for working with families is the phase-in part when a child attends a program. The phase-in gives families and teachers a chance to learn more about each other other than what the director has told the family. In the video Rukmini and Janani shared things they do in the beginning to set partnerships which is asking about the child interest, fears and setting up activities.

    1. India — Thanks for your comment in this activity. Phase in is important when working with families who have babies & can be the start of partnerships with families. I wonder, what role does home visits have when working with families who have babies?

  17. The key takeaway from the reading by Mary Block is the importance of home visits for understanding a child’s home life, fostering a partnership between parents and teachers, and creating a comfortable classroom environment. Applying this to families with infants involves building trust through home visits, ensuring a positive teacher-parent relationship, and ultimately promoting a secure and seamless transition for the child between home and school. This approach enhances the child’s overall development and well-being.

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