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Room Transitions – Helpful Tips for Parents

Whaea Karen is an extremely passionate kaiako who comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and brings massive value to our Kirikahurangi ruma at The Boulevard.

Here she shares some reassuring information and tips on managing your child’s room transition period.

Whaea Karen is our Kaimahi (room leader) in the Kirikahurangi ruma at The Boulevard, and our pēpi and kaiako absolutely adore her!

Room Transitions

It can be quite daunting when the time comes for your child to transition into a new room. You generally are happy and comfortable where your child is and you know the Kaiako and ruma well.

Transitioning into the next room should be a smooth and easy process and in most cases is – but we always need to be flexible and be able to adapt for each individual child and their needs and requirements.

The term ‘transition’ can be described as a ‘Movement passage’, and your child will experience several transition periods throughout their childhood.

So How Does it Work?

In the Kiri room at The Boulevard when the child is approaching 2 years of age we will set dates leading up to their birthday to begin the transition process. The Kaimahi’s (Head teachers of both rooms) will get together to agree on dates, set up who the whānau support teacher will be, and discuss the child and their individual needs/requirements/routines. A letter is then provided to whānau which states the dates of transition visits and what these visits entail.

The whānau support teacher will introduce the parents to the new teachers in the Wai room. The Wai room provides the parents with an introduction letter to Wai room which gives whānau an idea of how the room runs and a daily routine.

We allow 3 weeks for the transition period but will always be flexible if this is not enough time. We aim to make the transition from Kiri to Wai as smooth as possible for you and your child. Your child’s current teacher and new teacher will support the pathway through by joining your child as often as possible in both rooms. This will help your child to develop a sense of belonging in the new environment and give you both confidence with the new routines and teaching team. We work at the child’s pace and if thy show us they are not yet ready for the transition – we will work with you on this.

Top Tips for Parents to Support in their Child’s Room Transition.

Thank you to Whaea Letty and Whaea Aroha from Future Focus The Bach, who contributed to these tips with some things they have noticed to be helpful with The Bach pēpi.

Talking: Talk with your child at home about the transition. Try not to project any hesitations you have about transitioning rooms on your child. If you’re excited and curious about it, it’s likely they will be too which can help ease their nerves.

Drop offs: When dropping off or picking up your child walk by the room and show them where their new room will be. Understand that the transition process may go smoothly but also may not – your child may be upset at drop off times. To help with this, drop off’s should involve a familiar routine such as “I will read you one book and give you a hug, but then it’s time for me to leave”. Lingering around may increase your child’s anxiety.

Communication: Communicate with your child’s new teachers. Let them know about any changes at home or new milstones reached as this can help with planning for your child. And most importantly, be honest with your child’s teachers. If you don’t feel that your child is coping with the change, let them know and they can offer you tips or find another way to make the transition smoother, we are here to help!

Chat with Fellow Parents: Talk to other parents who have recently had a child move from one room to another. They may be able to offer some consolation and share some advice from their own experiences.

Remember:

Your child’s needs will always come first at Future Focus and our main priority is the growth and development of your child. We nurture, teach, and guide your child to developing all of the skills that will allow for them to succeed in life, and we will support them every step of the way so they will be happy and flourish in our care.