Communication is a means accompanying each one of us from birth to death, it
is unavoidable, it defines us as individuals and helps us influence other people.
It is the key aspect of professionalism, which, in interaction with others, enables
us to define and achieve our objectives in the service provider area and at the
same time allows us to nurture interpersonal relationships with children and
adults. The following paper deals with a dilemma whether professional
communication strives to achieve a common goal with the interlocutor or
whether the established communication is already a goal in its own terms.
Communication in kindergartens all too frequently occurs as a mere transfer of
information or specific contents to a child or their parents. The function of this
transfer of messages is to influence the behaviour, the feelings and the way of
thinking of the other (a child or an adult).
Contemporary views on interpersonal communication show that information
transfer or the so called communicative informativeness is but one of
interpersonal communication functions. To people, making contacts is more
important than information value. In this article, the making of contacts is
defined through two so called primary communication functions (the function of
maintanance and creation of social reality). In children, these primary functions
of communication co-construct their perceptions of themselves, of others and of
the world in which they live. Through this, a child's self-image is co-constructed
through their communication style with others. This paper also presents the
significance and function of communication with preschool children and their
parents. Moreover, some principles of professional communication, needed for
meeting the basic needs, are presented in greater detail.