Visiting Somerset Retirement Village

Sommerset visitA group of children from Chelsea House early childhood centre enjoyed their second visit for a sing along at Somerset Retirement village. Many of the children have shown a strong interest in music and drama and were thrilled to share what they have been practicing with the residents.

Following the performance the children and teachers enjoyed chatting with the staff and enthusiastic audience. This visit also signalled the start of activities at the centre to celebrate New Zealand music month.


kapa haka -kena kena school




As part of our bi cultural review in room 4 we decided our next step in embracing Te Tikanga Māori would be to involve ourselves in the community by visiting a local school and watching their Kapa Haka group.

I approached Kena Kena School (which I am familiar with due to my 2 boys attending this school) and asked if we could watch one of their practices to which they happily offered themselves to come and perform for us at Chelsea House!

This was perfect as this meant that everyone here had the opportunity to be involved!


This experience was very valuable to our tamariki as they have been learning a variety of waiata over the past year and have watched Kena Kena School ‘koromiko’ syndicate performance of ‘Maui and the Sun’ several times. Together all of these experiences have given us valuable memories and knowledge that will be with us for a long time to come….


We made a welcome sign and hung it on the fence for all to see…we were very proud and excited!Next we set up the cushions outside and waited for the tamariki to arrive.How exciting to see the BIG bus pull up outside full of BIG tamariki…

Everyone looked amazing.

They then sung beautiful waiata in the sunshine.

We loved the poi as we too use them at Chelsea House to sing one of our favourite waiata…’E rere taku poi’…

We danced and sang with several of our tamariki imitating the actions and being involved in the Haka at the end…



…It also shows us that what we teach at Chelsea House is extended through schools and doesn’t have to stop just because we leave here….

A big Kia ora to Kena Kena School you were amazing to watch and this whole experience was a moment for all of us involved to be proud of…ka rawe to mahi – fantastic!

Written by Rachel 2013 (DEC)

Conor at Lindale Farm

Conor, what a fantastic day we had at Lindale farm.  Conor01Here you are in the buggy and we can see how exciting it was for you to be so close to this cheeky goat!

You walked some of the way around the farm and sometimes you were in the buggy.  We talked with you about the animals we saw.  We will print pictures of these animals and the other children so that we can follow up with lots of talking and singing.  We can look at books and we can continue to take you on outings that explore the experiences of the outside world.  You seemed confident and curious as we went around the farm.

Children and their families experience an environment where connecting links with the wider world are affirmed.

Counting and jumping

We often set up the equipment outside with an areacounting02were the children can jump, we place mats for the children to jump onto and we try and encourage children not to walk on the mats so that nobody lands on top of them, we also station a teacher close to the equipment.

Today while I was stationed near the jumping equipment I was observing the children and noticed how well they were counting. They individually chose a number, counting04it may have been the highest number that they could count to 23 or they jumped after 5 for example. When they jumped onto the mat they quickly moved away and climbed back up to the top ready for their next turn. The children all regulated their own behaviour and ensured that they each had a turn. At times all of the children stood on the boxes at the same time, when this happened they all counted together,  some of the children could count much higher than others but counting together  encouraged all the children to learn higher numberscounting01while in a safe non-threatening situation.

Besides learning and repeating their numbers the children are also showing their developing theories regarding social relationships, such as turn taking and keeping each other safe (Te Whāriki Exploration 4).

We continue to adapt and change our outdoor environment so that the children are challenged yet remain safe.

Teacher : Lisa

Ben and the bucket tree

Ben had been playing outside and came over to see141X250what some of his new room 5 friends were doing by the tree. He joined in with their play helping place buckets and spades carefully onto branches of the tree. Ben was aware of branches that were too high for him to reach to hang his bucket or branches that were too full already. He helped his friends place some buckets that had fallen off the tree onto the garden around the bottom of the tree. Ben seemed to really enjoy working together with his friends on this creative project.

When they thought the task was complete we all sat down on the deck and admired their work. We all looked at the tree together talking about how colourful it was and counted how many yellow spades we could see, green buckets etc. I added some basic te reo words to our conversation that I knew the children were familiar with (colours and numbers). We had a lovely time admiring the colourful bucket tree. “It’s so colourful. It’s very special” said Ben. It was great to share this experience with Ben and to tell his Mum about it when she came to pick him up.

What next? Continue to encourage the children to use their imagination along with the environment and our centre resources in a way that creates new and exciting experiences.

Teacher : Tracey