When settling your tamariki into Pipitea we ask that you visit with your tamariki several times before starting at the Centre. This gives both you and your tamariki the opportunity to become familiar with the surroundings, the Kaiako team and the daily routines.
Goodbyes can be hard so below are a few strategies to make it easier:
- Often a regular routine helps your tamariki settle in to the Centre, for example coming into the Centre and doing the same activity together, such as reading a book
- Say goodbye to your tamariki and leave quickly, long drawn out goodbyes can make separation even harder for everyone. If your tamariki becomes upset, Kaiako will comfort them and settle them into the Centre activities.
- Talk to your tamariki about Pipitea at home, letting them know what the plan is, talk about what they may be doing, who they will see and what you will also be doing.
Please feel free to call the Centre at any time to check and see how your tamariki is doing.