Our approach to providing more relevant and immediate feedback to parents has evolved over time. Where a moment at the door talking with parents and caregivers worked in the past, we have added other methods. Since we are combining more Reggio philosophy into our program, we are working at observing and documenting the children's interests, play, and interactions more. We also write daily Post-Its for parents to see and add to their own child's home portfolio. In addition, we send out weekly photos of the children in the school environment, along with a monthly note on what we've been working on in school.
In addition, we use e-mail correspondence to add more in-depth and personal exchange, as well as telephone conversations when there is a concern on the part of teachers or parents. This is all in conjunction with two regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences, scheduled in November and April each year.
Overall, this year in particular, we have honed and enhanced all methods of communication so that parents have a much clearer and immediate idea of what their children are doing for the short blocks of time that they are with us and away from home.