Chelsea House Raumati follows Te Whaariki, the New Zealand early childhood education curriculum, which is founded on the following aspirations for children::
- to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators
- healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging, and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.
At Chelsea House Child Care Centre, our qualified teachers plan programmes which are stimulating, exciting and offer plenty of variety to meet each child’s individual learning journeys. Our centre is designed to incorporate indoor and outdoor activities that are planned to develop your children’s strengths and interests. Activity areas are set up to allow for noisy/ active play, creative and constructive activities, as well as some quiet restful areas.
Children learn through play. Children engage in play in order to comprehend and make sense of the world around them. They become effective learners when they are given opportunities to explore and persevere with activities that capture their interest. What appears to be “just playing” is providing vital learning skills that support the child’s ability to work alongside others, to negotiate and build on prior knowledge, to be curious and creative and to learn perseverance, patience and responsibility for their own learning. At Chelsea House Early Childhood Centre we observe and respond to your child’s individual strengths and interests by providing resources and learning opportunities, in an environment where their learning is extended and celebrated.
From time to time, children are taken on excursions which introduce them to places beyond their immediate community and extend on their interests and learning. All rooms have an opportunity to visit the local gymnastics club on a regular basis.
Our high adult to child ratios exceed the minimum requirements of the Ministry of Education because we know that the more individual care a child receives in those early years, the better prepared they are for the future. We also recognise that very young children require a lot more individual attention which is why we have a ratio of one adult to three infants aged 12 months or less.
Recording your child’s progress is an essential element of our programme. Our teachers make regular observations of your child and these are recorded in a profile book – which is beautifully prepared in a way that makes it a keepsake of your child’s time at Chelsea House Early Childhood Centre. The children love to look at these books too and recall their experiences. We are also in regular contact through individual room facebook pages and class emails.