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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Caregiver-Parent Communication Tools

 


How ______________________ (insert child’s name)
Is Learning and Growing From Birth To 3

Take a few moments to complete the questions below with each of the families you work with. Both you and the parent(s) complete Parts 1 and 2 separately and then share your responses in Part 3. Use these questions to talk with each parent about the child’s strengths and needs and the parent’s hopes and expectations for the future. Information like this helps you to support the healthy development of the children in your care. 


PART ONE: Tuning In to the caregiver’s perspective

If I had to describe (child’s name)_________________ in 10 words, they would include:


What I like most about (child’s name)__________________ is

________________________________________________________.


What I find most challenging about caring for (child’s

name)__________________ is ________________________________

_______________________________ because ___________________

_________________________________________.


The activity I most enjoy with (child’s name)

_____________________________ is _____________________________

__________________________________________ because ____________

______________________________________________________________.

Three hopes I have for (child’s name_____________) while he/she is in my care:

___________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________


PART TWO: Tuning in to (child’s name)
 
(child’s name)___________ is happiest when______________________________________


The kinds of play and learning activities (child’s name)_________________________ enjoys most are: _________________________________________________________.  
I think this is because ___________________________________________________.


What upsets (child’s name)___________________________ most

is_________________________________________________. I think this is because

___________________________________________________________________.


To comfort (child’s name)_________________________, I ___________

_________________________________________________________________.


PART THREE: Using what you know to decide how best to support ________________ (child’s name)

 

For parents and caregivers to complete together:

 

I think (child’s name)_________________________’s greatest strengths are:

_____________________________________________________________.


I think (child’s name)_________________________ needs help with:

___________________________________________________________.


What are our goals for (child’s name) ________________________ now? Over the next 3 months?

 

 

What kinds of experiences can we give (child’s name) _______________________ to help him/her reach these goals?

 

 


How can we work together to best support (child’s name)____________________? 


 

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