Centre Philosophy

‘Laws and actions effecting children should put their interests first and benefit them in the best possible way’ (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989).

Our Children

We value our relationships with the children in our care. We do this through sensitive and positive interactions.

Through recognising and responding to each child’s interests, strengths, dispositions, and special moments, we provide teaching and learning opportunities that strengthen and extend the competence and confidence of all children.

We embrace quiet play, physical play, creative and expressive play, active play, ‘sciencey’ play, mathematical play, sensory play; and all the experiences that make our children’s learning unique and diverse.

Our Family and Whanau

  • We acknowledge parents and whanau as the child’s life long teachers and value our partnership in supporting your children to reach their full potential.
  • We believe that communication is paramount in building relationships.
  • We celebrate and respect the cultures of our families.
  • We work to ensure that Chelsea House becomes a ‘home away from home’ for our families and whanau.

Our People

Each person’s individual knowledge contributes in supporting, caring and advocating for the children in our care.

  • We embrace diversity and respect each child’s individuality, cultures and heritages.
  • We value ongoing learning and embrace new concepts that would improve our practice.
  • We support our community through involvement in events, fundraising and activities.
  • We observe bi-culturalism within our curriculum by honouring the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitanga/Treaty of Waitangi, Partnership, Protection and Participation.
  • We acknowledge the need to protectTikanga Māori and incorporate Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori into our daily routines and celebrations to honour the culture of our Māori children.
  • We respect and encourage communication and contribution with our partners (teachers/children/family) and local iwi.

Our Environment

We provide an enriching environment that encourages children to explore and take ownership of their own learning.

A sense of Well Being and Belonging is fostered through developmentally resourced rooms and a passionate teaching team that invite opportunities for children to learn alongside each other across a wide range of learning stages.