How To Write A Perfect Preschool Newsletter For Parents
It is vital to provide clear communication with the families of students that attend your preschool. Here are some tips to make that goal a little easier for you!
Choose a format
There are many ways to send a Preschool newsletter. Depending on your preferences, you can send a newsletter out when the children are dismissed. You can mail a copy of the newsletters. You can also email newsletters.
When I taught third grade, I found a weekly email newsletter was the easiest method for me. This way, you can reach every parent, especially busier parents, and they can read the Preschool newsletter at their leisure.
Determine how often to send it out
You want to send your newsletter out often enough to give parents information in a timely way. Do not send it out too frequently, as you will run out of space to put the important things in your newsletter. Once you determine the frequency, stick with it.
When I taught third grade, I would send a newsletter out every Thursday around 2:00. Parents knew that many questions they had earlier in the week would be answered if they waited a few days.
Create a template for your newsletter
Some things you may consider for your newsletter are events, lesson plans, and recipes that parents can cook with their children at home. Whatever template you choose to create, make sure that you keep it the same with each edition of your newsletter.
The newsletter format I used when teaching third grade always greeted the parents and had a few paragraphs with what the students did throughout the week in the core subjects, as well as what is going to happen throughout the next week. I would also include a picture at the end of the newsletter, making sure to get a photo of every child at least once throughout the year.
Outline the content that is “must-haves”
Are there any holidays or special events? Make sure to include these in your newsletter. You may even want to include a special section for this. It is also recommended that you include a section with photos and captions. Just make sure you get the parent’s permission before sending it out to all of the parents!
Another recommendation is that you jot down ideas of “must-haves” on a sticky note that you keep on your desk. Update it as you do activities with your students. This could include things like any tests that students did well on, or interesting art projects.
Proofread your newsletter after writing it
If at all possible, write your newsletter in one sitting, then complete some other tasks. Go back to your newsletter a few hours or days later to edit and proofread before sending it out to families.
It may seem counterintuitive, but this actually will save you time in the long run. Often, when writing, a person doesn’t notice common mistakes because they are so focused on the content. Reading what you wrote with a fresh set of eyes makes it far easier to spot errors.
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Ideas for ChildCare NewsLetters
It can be intimidating to stare at a blank page. If you have a plan, you can fill out your newsletter with some great information for parents, as well as some recaps of their children’s activities between newsletters.
Share Important Details
Among other things, preschool newsletter are a great way to share general information with parents about what their children are up to throughout the day. The following is an incomplete list of ideas of details you can add to your newsletter:
- A calendar of upcoming events, including reminders, special hours and school closings
- Learning objectives, lesson plans, and unit plans
- A menu for healthy snacks and lunches
- A quick review of pertinent school policies
- The link to your online payment portal (if needed)
Build A Community
The families at your preschool are a part of a larger community. They are also a part of a smaller community, and will likely continue to interact after their children have left preschool. You can help foster this sense of community in your newsletter by following these tips:
- If a new family joins your preschool midyear, welcome them
- Share relevant local community events
- If you have social media profiles, include links to them
- Ask parents to provide honest review for your business
- If you have any upcoming tours, ask parents to advertise and tell their friends
Connect Parents And Kids
Since you are an early childhood educator, you may even spend more time with the kids than their parents do! Provide resources in your newsletter to keep parents and children connected when they spend time together. Here are some ways to do that:
- Include photos of the students doing projects
- Suggest easy activities to do at home
- Link to the school website’s latest posts
- Offer resources from other experts in the industry