If you haven’t read PART ONE, you should read it to get more tips on how to fix conflict in your daycare. Here are more tips on how to fix conflict in your child’s daycare.
Establish Open Communication
This is a great tip to avoid conflict in the first place, but this is especially important when there is a conflict going on. Establishing open communication between you and your daycare provider or you and another parent is vital to solving an issue. An open communication can allow you to get all the facts before a decision is made. Maybe there are some things that are unclear. It is so important to not get defensive when you have an open communication with someone. Make sure you listen to them and don’t dismiss their words. Make sure that you are rational and level-headed because using hurtful and attacking words can be damaging to the issue and dismissing facts could add fuel to the fire.
Trust Your Instincts
If you have a feeling that something bad is happening, trust your instincts. Most of the time, they will be right. Especially when you aren’t there, it’s important to have a trusting relationship with your daycare provider. If you feel like there may be something going on with your child at daycare, there are options you can do. Ask if you can do random drop-ins to see your child. Please ask your provider first. Sometimes, for the sake of adjustment for your child, it is easier if you don’t randomly drop in. Also, be sure to talk to your child or even other parents to see if they have the same concerns.
Notify Your Provider Sooner Rather Than Later
If you know that you are going to pull your child from the daycare, follow the protocol that your provider has stated in their Policies and Procedures. If there is nothing stated in their Policies and Procedures or if it’s so serious you can’t follow them, let your provider know sooner rather than later so they can make other arrangments for your child’s spot.
Identify Root Causes
Most of the time, conflicts can be solved. Identifying the root causes of an issue can help solve the issue. Is your child unhappy because they keep getting in trouble? Are you uncomfortable because of a certain person? Is there anything that could be causing those issues that you can control?
Issues aren’t going to fix itself overnight. It will take a lot of work and patience for issues to be fixed. Remember that as you try to solve the conflict. You may want the issue solved that very instant, but you should give the other party time to process and work out the problem themselves. With that being said, if a fair amount of time has past and nothing has changed, you may need to take further action. During this time, remember to communicate with the other party to check for updates and help work out solutions.
I hope that you can use some of these tips to help solve any conflicts you may be having with your daycare. If you have any thoughts, questions, or things to add, please leave them in the comments!