Our relationship during the Lockdown period
On 23rd of March, the nation went into a lockdown causing a sudden halt into our lives and forcing us to accommodate ourselves to a new way of living….. living under Lockdown alert4 in our very small bubbles.
It was a very strange period during the Lockdown, but it turned out to be a great time to develop stronger relationships with our centre whanau. Initially, we all missed seeing each other that we work alongside; however, we are very thankful for technology. Kaiako were in touch with whanau regularly during the lockdown period in ways that suits best for each family, and teachers are available for parents to reach out. Kaiako incorporated familiar learning experiences/challenges/recipes that we do within the centre for the children to explore alongside their families, and these were sent regularly through emails to whanau along with mat-time videos by kaiako. Our ways of communication appreciated by whanau, and they were happy to connect with us and share about their tamariki learning at home through videos and pictures. These turned into beautiful memories by documenting them as learning stories with some evidence of parents doing what we have provided at home. It was nice to strengthen our bonds with families making it two-way reciprocal learning.
Meanwhile, kaiako continued their learning at home as part of their professional development and attended webinars related to various facts of developing relationships with tamarIki and whanau. Amongst the kaiako, we made sure to keep in touch with each other. We openly associated with each other on how we were dealing with the lockdown period and coping with our tamariki and whanau at home. We did this through phone calls, reflections and sharing pictures within the group. This brought all the kaiako closer together showing we all have our vulnerable sides besides being strong kaiako. Wow, what a massive challenge to our Umbrella concept of ‘Relationships’ this whole situation is. We all proved that Lockdown doesn’t stop us from learning from each other, and it has allowed us further to enhance our relationship and partnership with our families on a deeper level. We are grateful to have continued support from our amazing families during these unprecedented times.
We opened our doors to the children for Level3, especially for whanau who were working as essential workers. We assured all the families that we tool utmost care during these periods and followed all the lockdown policies and procedures as guided by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Council. We are prepared to enter into level 2 and looking forward to going back into our routines.
22 June 2020: Matariki
30 July: International Day of Friendship
3 to 7 August: Cook Island Language Week
4 September: Fathers Day
7 to 11 September: Tongan Language Week
14 to 18 September: Maori Language Week
25 September: Loud Shirt Day
5 October: World Teachers Day
5 to 9 October: Fijian Language Week
12 to 16 October: Niuean Language Week
13 November: World Kindness Day
13 November: Diwali
20 November: Universal Children’s Day
5 December: Christmas