Weekly Blog Article By A Child's World Developmental Centers VP, Ron Seidman - Social Media and Child Care
Why would childcare centers want to use social media like Facebook and Twitter? Pre-school age children learn and develop through face-to-face interactions with each other. However, there are many ways that early childhood centers can utilize social media to enhance programming for children and connect this information with parents. Utilizing Facebook to post classroom-learning experiences gives parents the opportunity to see what their child is learning and also to better understand the significance of these experiences in their child’s education and development. Parents can comment on how their child responded to an activity and react to other parents’ comments. This feedback can provide your child’s teacher with valuable information about each student’s ability to interpret and apply information. In addition it can offer opportunity for parents to reinforce this learning in the home with discussion and follow-up activities. Interaction between parents and teachers are a vital part of a child’s experience and enhances social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skill development.
While it may be difficult to extensively speak with your child’s teacher at drop off or pick up times, social networking can afford a great opportunity for more in depth information sharing. Parents should be able to look at more than just a cute picture because teachers can be posting essential classroom experiences. They can point out how the activities relate to the curriculum and the PA Early Learning Standards. Social media networking also offers teachers opportunities to share instructional strategies and ideas to improve the quality of the educational environment. This sharing among staff creates a community of learners within the school by establishing an internal private Facebook page. Enhanced communication among staff and the interaction between parents and teachers is a vital part of every child’s development and education.
With three locations in and around Newtown, Pennsylvania, A Child’s World offers early education and daycare center services to families with young children. To learn more about our child care facilities, please call us at (215) 519-1993.