The Purpose of Routine

At Play Learn Grow our (Kaupapa Rapunga Whakaaro) Philosophy, we believe that people are the heart of the matter. Let’s walk together through what is a normal change, ‘the lockdown’. Our team are committed to sharing knowledge, to empower our tamariki during transitioning, especially the first day back after the lockdown. Here are examples you could practise at home, in connection with the centre’s daily routine.

8am- getting out of bed, then into clothes for the day, eating breakfast, to brushing teeth, putting shoes on to get outside the backyard

9am- exercises – music and movement to baby shark

9:30- morning tea Karakia / free play/ activities – colouring, counting

10am- Toilet training/potty

11:30am- reading/Waiata /sharing news

12pm- Lunch

12:30pm- nap time

2:30pm- Afternoon tea Karakia /Free play

2:35pm- Toilet training/potty

All in all, be flexible with daily routines. It can be challenging for some tamariki. When moving from one activity to another, introduce a break. For example, give your tamariki time to finish playing with cars, before sitting down for a snack. This allows the tamariki to adjust to the change in activity. Remind ourselves to use soft tones, keep the language simple,  and that transitions are a part of (Ora) life.   It’s useful to have a family routine, as it will be easier for them to adjust to our school routine. Communication is vital, continuously talking with your tamariki so they know what to expect. Create a whanau routine with visuals, which can go on the wall, and your child is able to understand and recognise what’s next.  If Whanau work together with Kaiako, we can normalise, and prepare our tamariki. It will help them to become more resilient and cope with changes that lie ahead.

We Play, We Learn, We Grow

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Whakawhetai mo ngā kai x3


Amene, Kia Ora, Thank you, E kai