Some services implement home visits to foster relationships with parents and children. At one service they offer home visits to all families. Each visit takes 45-60 minutes and is carried out by two educators who have a set list of questions to ask. This ensures they find out about the child’s family, routines, favourite songs and activities. Some of the benefits include:
- improved relationships with parents – educators get to know parents outside the service which allows parents to explain home routines and gives educators an opportunity to collect a wealth of information about their family
- improved relationships with children – educators engage with children in their own home
- greater insight for reflective practice – educators have improved understanding of children’s behaviour and learning
- provision of more enriching educational program based on extension of activities undertaken at home
- helping new children settle on their first day. Children have already had an opportunity to meet an educator and play with them in their own familiar space.
After a home visit most of the behaviour issues disappear.