Parent and Whānau
LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT
Children’s interests, strengths, skills and dispositions are formally documented on a daily basis as they occur naturally in the child’s play experiences, as are parent/whānau feedback and aspirations. This information is assessed each month and forms the planning for the programme plan which extends on the child’s current learning. This process also highlights the link of prior learning for that child and our programme supports them to make connections with new experiences and opportunities and apply previous learning to a new context. Assessing, planning and evaluating supports the teaching team to recognise children’s developmental milestones and plan for future development or increased support if necessary.
A profile book containing learning stories, observations, art work & photographs, will be compiled and reviewed monthly by your child’s profile teacher. We encourage family involvement through the whānau voice section under each learning story where you can share your child’s learning journey outside of the centre. Your child’s profile book can be found on our book shelf in the Book Corner.Our programme planning wall is just inside the doors of both our under 2’s and over 2’s rooms.
We also provide a Profile for your child online, (with secure password) through Educa (www.educa.co.nz) and this can be shared with family and friends all over the world.
SLEEP/ REST TIMES
For our younger children, we aim to offer these sleep times at similar times to your child’s home routine to allow a smoother transition. We offer a quiet rest time for our preschool age children or a sleep if requested by the family.
We encourage parents to have a settling in a week before their child begins so that they can familiarize themselves with our routines, activities, environment and staff. We encourage families/parents to stay for the first two settling in days and from the following days, to leave for a time to allow their child to become comfortable in their new environment on their own and begin exploring!
We encourage you to visit with your child to help introduce and settle your child into the Centre. During this time you can discuss your child’s needs, learn about our early childhood programme based on Te Whariki and about our policies. It’s also a great opportunity to meet with our teachers.