Early Childhood
Education and Care News
October 15, 2019
Welcome, this week strategies for maintaining positive communication with parents, even when the topic is tough, also research shows many educators believe screens are having an impact on children's imagination.
Communicating tricky issues
As an early childhood educator, positive and effective communication with the parents or family members of the children in your care is one of the most important elements to consider in your daily practice. Positive communication helps avoid potential issues before they arise and can assist in favourable referrals, but it's also a key way to maximise the development and wellbeing of children.

Tackling tricky topics with parents can be challenging, however the worst thing you can do is not say anything. To prevent misinformation, confusion, and anger, and maximise benefits for children, it's best to be open, honest and direct. Here are a few tips for communicating effectively with families.
Have screens killed imaginary friends?
A new survey of early childhood staff in the UK has shown that fewer children have imaginary friends than they did five years ago, with screen time being cited as the major factor in making children less imaginative.

The survey by, received 1,000 responses from early childhood service owners, managers and staff and has highlighted the impact technology is having on children.

The poll showed that just under half of staff members surveyed (48 per cent) said children at their service have imaginary friends.
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