Key teacher: Towards a definition
Adopting a key teacher system in an early childhood setting essentially means that one teacher takes a lead role in caring for a small group of children. For the children this means someone with whom they can build a close and trusting relationship. It also means someone who will respond to their needs and care for them. For the parents and wh‚nau it means someone they will get to know well and with whom they will feel comfortable leaving their child. A key teacher is someone with whom parents, wh‚nau and your child can build a close and trusting relationship.
What does this mean for you and your child and how will it work? It means that your child will be ‘assigned’ to a teacher who will undertake all of his or her care moments. It means you have a main contact person for communication between you and your family. Your key teacher is the best person to talk to if there are any changes or concerns.
Cluster care means to cluster all the care moments in one big cuddly bundle.
I.E. Nappy change + Bottle +Sleep are all done by the Key Teacher in one continuous flow.