Our very first parent-teacher consultation for our pre-schooler (almost three years old) is coming up. Because of that I'd like to bring some more attention to this question: How to maximise the usefulness of parent teacher consultations? which had until now only one answer (albeit an excellent one from HedgeMage), but I would like to make it also more specific about preschool.
In our experience communication between teachers and parents in (this) preschool is quite different from daycare. It's not impossible to have contact with the teacher during the schoolyear but it takes more effort then at our daycare where we regularly had an informal conversation about our child with the caregivers. Altough we have the impression she is doing ok, this lack of communication makes us a bit unsure about what our child does at school, how she behaves and if she feels well. In a way we expect to get more insight in how she is doing. Altough we have some small comments on how things are going I have no reason at all to distrust the school or the teacher. Still I have some irrational "first child paranoia" and I would like to gain some trust in the school.
I know I can not expect to change all this with this one consultation but still I want to take as much out of it as possible.
Which information should the teacher give us?
What questions should we ask to make sure our child is feeling well at school and is getting the education (as far as education goes at preschool) she needs?
Which questions illuminated things for you, about the time your child spends at school, or exposed aspects of your child you did not know of?