Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021


Chelsea House is a privately owned centre located in Raumati. We are licensed for up to 90 children and have six separate rooms, which are based loosely around the ages of our children Room one, six weeks to fourteen months, room two fourteen months to two years, room three two years to two years nine months, room four two years nine months to three years six months, room five three years six months to four years three months and room seven four years three months to five years.

We support a philosophy of respect, for the children, families and for each other. We trust in the child as the initiator of their own learning and ensure that children have the freedom to explore and interact with others.

Value is placed on the multi-cultural diversity that children and their whānau bring to our centre. We acknowledge bi-culturalism through the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti O Waitangi, respecting Tikanga Māori and incorporating Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori into our daily routines and celebrations.

Teachers support all aspects of learning and provide an environment in which social and emotional competence and confidence is encouraged. We nurture relationships with children and their families, and acknowledge the importance of these relationships in promoting a culture of joy, laughter, imagination and empowerment.

We are committed to exploring ways to assess, review and improve our ability to support children to reach their potential.

Chelsea House Early Childhood Centre Raumati Strategic Plan for 2016 -2021


Mission Statement

The staff and management of Chelsea House Early Childhood Centre value respectful practice towards the children in our care, their parents, our employees and the community. We aim each day to provide our children with developmentally appropriate education in a nurturing environment to support their development as competent, confident learners and communicators, secure in their sense of belonging, and in the knowledge that they make a valuable contribution to their community.


Our Vision

  • Respect – We value and demonstrate respectful and trusting relationships between children, families, staff and management.
  • Partnership – We encourage authentic reciprocal relationships within and beyond the immediate centre community to achieve the best results for children, families, staff, and the community. We embrace our relationship with te iwi o to tatou rohe, Ngati Toa, and acknowledge their support in our bicultural journey. We embrace Te Reo Māori as a living and relevant language, and Te Ao Māori and Tikanga Māori as an integral part of our daily life at the centre. We honour the dual cultural heritage of all Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners and the multicultural and diverse community within our centre.
  • Curriculum – We are dedicated to improving practices in all areas of teaching and management .
  • Quality – We provide consistently high quality services and environments that support the learning, wellbeing and teaching of the children across all areas of the Centre.
  • Management- For the centre to increase in financial viability to support fee stability and resultant financial surplus, while maintaining a cost efficient operation that delivers the highest quality of care. To be acknowledged as the leading provider of early childhood education on the Kapiti Coast.



Guiding statements

Communication,responsive reciprical relationships.

Guiding statement: The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. (George Bernard Shaw).

Building Bicultural practice.

Guiding statement: Poua atu Te Pūmanawa Māori. Ensure that high achievement is maintained (Ka Hikitia 2013)

The environment as the third teacher.

Guiding Statement: There are three teachers of children: adults, other children and the environment. (Loris Malaguzzi)


Guiding Statements: The needs of the children, not assessment procedures, should determine the curriculum. ( Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is life itself. The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experience are genuinely or equally educative.” Dewey.


Section 1:  Goals and Objectives

This section states the Goals and Objectives that have been set as a result of the consultation process. In addition we have shown how we intend achieving those Goals and Objectives and a timeframe of when we are going to achieve them.


Governance & Leadership

Goals & Objectives Our Mission
“How we are going to do it”
When we are going to do it and how we will monitor our progress
Chelsea House provides effective Governance and Leadership to staff and Management















To ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the children in the centre
  • Professional development opportunities for management and staff are identified and supported
  • Performance appraisal processes are continuously reviewed
  • We shall continue to support students through to the completion of their degrees, and provisionally registered teachers through to full registration
  • Clear and open lines of communication between management and staff to ensure staff feel valued and supported. We celebrate successes. A shared management approach.
  • To continue to work on our system of appraisal, to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the staff
  • To continue to review our indoor/outdoor spaces and keep them well maintained
  • Performance appraisal process (annually)
  • Professional Development reports throughout the year
  • Staff shall continue to attend monthly planning meetings, senior teachers shall provide a full set of minutes to the manager
  • Manager shall continue to attend professional development and support senior teachers to continue with leadership PLD also
  • Seek advice and guidance as required from professional peers in the industry

We will need to have areas of the roof repainted next year 2017.



 Goals & Objectives  Our Mission
“How we are going to do it”
 When we are going to do it and how we will monitor our progress
Continue to employ qualified and enthusiastic teachers who embrace the philosophy of our centre and are passionate about early childhood education



Maintain and improve our review process for all policies and planning and clearly communicate impacts/outcomes to parents/whānau



Provide a financially sound environment for the successful operation of the centre



Implement wider use of technology for the benefit of the centre
  •  New staff shall be employed only when all the requirements under the “Vulnerable Children’s Act” are met
  • Ensure that the implemented policy review systems and processes are followed and self review is strengthened.
  • Planning systems are evaluated to ensure they are meeting the ever changing needs of the children
  • Continue with a strong marketing drive to build our rolls within a very competitive market
  • To ensure visibility in the community and involvement in community initiatives.
  • To work on updating and improving our website
  • To investigate the use of technology in reporting children’s progress back to parents
  • To purchase laptops or tablets so that each room has one available.

On a “as required” basis

Staff monitored through our staff appraisal process

We wish for our staff to consider Chelsea House to be their employer of choice

Yearly or as per policy review schedule

Yearly Review update.

Report annually to Jocelyn and Kathy (Jan/Feb) – ongoing discussions around monitoring progress in this area

Meet with Shelley ( website administrator)to go over idea’s & initiatives for website 2017

Investigate “educare” systems next year, with a view to possibly implement something by 2017/18 if decided on by all teachers?


Section 2:  Teaching & Learning

 Goals & Objectives  Our Mission
“How we are going to do it”
When we are going to do it and how we will monitor our progress
To identify and implement what “best practice” looks like for our centre in order to ensure that our programmes and resources positively challenge our staff



To explore the use of Numeracy and Literacy in all areas of the curriculum



Encourage children to become active participants in their own learning, so that they grow to be empowered, confident and capable learners who respect their environments and those within it



To provide a sustainable, stimulating learning environment which meets the needs of the children and their families/whānau



 To look at increasing the environmental awareness of the centre when it comes to sustainability. Using the environment as the third teacher
  • Continual development of our teams by building on individuals abilities and strengths, supported through PLD
  • Ensure that staff have the skills, experience and support to encourage children to reach their full potential and foster a culture of sustainability and active learning.
  • We shall regularly review curriculum areas and update resources to ensure that they meet the needs of the programmes & work in close consultation with our families
  • Look to introduce more natural resources
  • Look at ways to enhance play spaces that meet with budgeting constraints
  • To further identify areas that would support sustainable practice
  • To continue to review the active exploration in the ‘outside environment programme’.

Ongoing – yearly review

Feedback from parents/whānau

Performance appraisal process (annual)

PLD targeted to specific areas. Seniors meetings and discussions.

Monitored through self review

Yearly budget

Monthly planning meetings

Self review

Annual review

Observations and review


Section 3: Collaborative Relationships

Goals & Objectives Our Mission
“How we are going to do it”
When we are going to do it and how we will monitor our progress
 To continue to integrate bi-culturalism into our centre, and to acknowledge and support Māori as tangata whenua in Aotearoa.



To acknowledge and celebrate the multicultural and diverse nature of our centre



 To engage in and maintain meaningful relationships with our parents/whānau, outside support agencies & community groups and schools.



To continue to ensure that the centre meets the needs of our children with special educational needs or English as a second language



Continue to build on our relationship with Ngati Toa Rangatira through Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira Inc.

Continue with Kapa Haka sessions at Paekakariki School and extend to younger children.

Build on our understanding of what it is to have Māori learners enjoy educational success.

Continue to weave bi-culturalism and place based learning through our curriculum. Continue with PLD and professional group discussions with our teachers and parents/whanau on all aspects of Te ao Māori.

To encourage and invite sharing of different cultures within our centre and incorporate aspects of these into our programmes

Consult with identified groups and seek meaningful input into supporting community initiatives.

Continue to grow our close relationship with outside agencies involved in supporting children in our care eg: SES, DHB, Speech Language Therapists and other outside agencies with whom we have dealings

Continue to liase closely with local schools and engage in meaningful reciprocal visits and interactions. To gain feedback from parents whose children have moved to school.

We have started on our bi-cultural journey, and intend for this journey to be ongoing over the coming years

Ongoing relationship.

We shall monitor our progress through feedback and participation from staff, children and whānau.

To examine the philosophies that support building our knowledge of our local heritage, cultures and environments, that provide us with learning opportunities and experiences.

Parental feedback


Ongoing – look to implement PLD in any areas where staff feel that they need extra support