Chelsea House Raumati embrace 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, our qualified teachers and experienced teachers plan programmes which are stimulating, exciting and offer plenty of variety to meet each child’s individual learning. On a daily basis, children can enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Activity areas are set up to allow for busy play as well as some often needed quiet and peaceful places to slow down and rest.
From time to time, children are taken on excursions which introduce them to places of interest within their immediate community and beyond.
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. The children love to look at these books too and recall their experiences. We have regular meet and greet nights where we inform parents of their child’s learning and development and where we enjoy a good catch up with everyone.