Focusing on connection and routine

Connection, routine and wellbeing, the focus for Catholic Early EdCare kindergartens during at home learning.

  • 07 May 2020

Adjusting to at home learning during COVID-19 has been a challenge for many children and families, but at Catholic Early EdCare we are focusing on maintaining connection and routine during this time.


Children’s social development during their early years is critical, as the way they form relationships and connect with others will influence them both in the short and long term. At Catholic Early EdCare we focus on helping children connect and form relationships with their educators, peers and the broader community.

St Clare’s Kindergarten Teacher Mel Kemp explained, “At our kindergarten children become part of an extended family building strong relationships with their peers, ourselves as teachers and also our co-located school community, St Clare’s Primary School”.

When COVID-19 social distancing began being implemented and the kindergarten saw a decline in children attending Mel and her teaching partner Miss Sarah wrote paper letters to personally connect with each of the children who normally attend the kindergarten.

“Suddenly, the children could no longer visit or see the extended family they had come to love and we wanted to make sure that each of the children knew that they hadn’t been forgotten, how important they were to our community and that we couldn’t wait to have them all back together again. The response to the letters has been amazing with parents and children reporting that they felt incredibly special that their teachers took the time to write to them individually,” Mel said.

Across all kindergarten teachers are staying connected with children in unique and local ways. Through Zoom sessions a few times a week, they are helping the children stay connected with one another engaging in virtual show and tell, prayer and reflection time, story-telling and many other activities.

By staying connected to all children our kindergarten teachers aim to continue supporting each child’s individual needs from home and ensure the transition back to the kindergarten room will be as seamless as possible.


Following a daily routine is one of the big adjustments for children when they start kindergarten and one that is critical for their transition to school. After several weeks of kindergarten many children had become comfortable and confident with their new routine.

St Benedict’s Kindergarten Teacher Ali Cuthbertson explained, “some children struggle to settle when they first start kindergarten but we had established a great routine and they were feeling very comfortable here, we want to ensure they continue to feel well connected and know they will be back soon by helping them talk about and remember what they do at kindergarten.”

"We have suggested a routine to families who have their kindergarten child at home, which is very similar to that we follow at kindergarten."

Ali Cuthbertson

“We have suggested a routine to families who have their kindergarten child at home, which is very similar to that we follow at kindergarten. Each morning we sit together and say our morning prayer and acknowledgment of country, update our calendar for the date and day of the week, update our weather board and plan our activities for the day. We have created a video which families can follow at home to continue this routine with their child and then suggest one or two activities each day they can do as indoor and outdoor play.”

Routine has also driven the selection of activities and experiences being provided for children at home, in kindergarten and via virtual learning. Teachers have continued to plan their programs as normal and all experiences and activities come from this planned program.


The wellbeing of children is always a high priority for our teams. We believe that children can maintain positive wellbeing during this time by maintaining connection to their teachers and peers and a sense of normalcy through routine. It is also important that we continue to remind children that their teachers look forward to having them back at kindergarten and they will be able to see their friends again soon.

Mr Lawrie Knott, Coordinator Learning and Identity for Catholic Early EdCare has re-assured families that, “by ensuring children maintain connections, follow routines and stay mentally well, we are confident they will be much better equipped to continue with their learning and development when we return to kindergarten.”

The Queensland Government has now announced that all kindergarten children will return to the classroom from Monday 11 May 2020.

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