Research has shown that a critical part in a child’s educational success is the involvement of their parents in a partnership with teachers. In our setting the children are just commencing their educational journey and the preschool is often the first place that they have been without their parents. Obviously it is therefore vital that we establish strong, trusting relationships with parents so that the children can all see that it is okay to trust us.
But it goes further than that. Children grow up in a community and in this day of fast advancing technology are actually citizens of global community. Just because this is the case it is important that we continue to remember to respect our grass roots and take the time to ensure that the children know how to be good citizens.
So how do we do that? Well one of the first ways is to teach them to give back to their community. And the best way to do that? Lead by example. Demonstrate to your child how important this is and articulate the benefits that it brings to you. There are many. Satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, making a difference to someone else, great modelling for your children and a sense of pride which boosts self-esteem to name but a few.
We have a number of community events coming up over the next few weeks and other opportunities for you to volunteer your time, experience and expertise. To us in a community based, not for profit organisation that is pure gold and highly valued.
So why not give it a go and see the smile it will put on your child’s face. The following quote says it well.
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless”
Yours in gratitude,