Common Parent Concerns
When teaching young children, instructors should prepare themselves for the instances in which they will be addressing parent concerns about preschool. Though a variety of issues may arise on the part of a parent, these concerns are among the most common during the preschool years:
Socialization concerns: Parents of children who have not attended playgroups or daycare in the past may worry about their child making friends and communicating appropriately with peers. Teachers may be asked to assist in the event of a child being teased or left out of playtime activities.
Academic concerns: Because preschool children can demonstrate a wide range of academic skills, parents may have concerns if their child is either advanced or behind in comparison to other students. Parents of academically advanced children may worry about issues such as boredom, while parents of preschoolers who struggle with certain concepts may request additional help from a teacher.
Behavioral concerns: Some preschool children have behavioral issues such as separation anxiety, inattentiveness, bossiness, or aggression. The parents of these children may experience stress at the thought of not being present when these behaviors occur, and may need to communicate frequently with the teacher.
Teacher/child interaction concerns: Occasionally, parents may have concerns about the relationship between the teacher and their child. Some parents may feel that their child is disciplined too harshly or is not receiving an adequate amount of emotional or academic support. Preschoolers who are members of a large class may have more trouble forming a one-on-one bond with a teacher than students in smaller classes.