At LUECC, we operate an individualised care system which means that your child is assigned to a particular kaiako (teacher) and becomes part of their small whānau (family) group.
What is individualised care?
An individualised care system is designed to ensure that your child’s needs are being met. Your child’s kaiako assumes the major responsibility for this and also becomes the main contact person for communication between your family and LUECC.
Using kaiako and whānau groups makes it easier to develop trusting partnerships between teachers and families.
Your child’s kaiako will be assigned during your pre-visits. She will then be responsible for talking with you and supporting your child as they settle in at LUECC.
The kaiako will actively seek to develop an intimate knowledge of your child’s routines, interests, development and temperament and incorporate your home caregiving practices as much as possible.
This ensures that with time and open communication, meaningful relationships develop between kaiako, children and parents, forming the basis for trusting and secure attachments.
We work in partnership with you to provide a warm, caring and stimulating environment for your child.
We believe that secure, nurturing relationships with caring teachers enable children to build strong attachments, the foundation for all future learning.
It is important to note that individualised care is not exclusive care. Our teachers work as a team to ensure positive experiences for all children and their families.
As your child settles into LUECC, their kaiako will initially fulfil all of their caregiving needs, though once your child’s sense of belonging has been established, your child’s caregiving routines will be shared amongst core staff.
At this point, your child’s kaiako continues to take overall responsibility for meeting the nurturing and learning needs of your child (and of all the children in her small whānau group), writing your child’s weekly email or daily notebook (infants) and writing learning stories and notes to go into your child’s profile book and developing programme plans to extend and support their learning and development.
The kaiako is the best person to talk to if you have any changes or concerns about your child and/or their routine.