Early Childhood Care

Choosing childcare for your child

It’s a fact of modern life that increasingly more infants and toddlers are spending time each day in some type of childcare setting.  Choosing the best childcare for your child can seem overwhelming as there are many options to choose from – each with their own benefits and disadvantages.  What is important is that whatever option you choose, your child feels safe, secure and happy.

The childcare provider is the cornerstone of quality childcare

Don’t be swayed by beautiful venues, exceptional resources and policy documents which seem to tick all the right boxes – what research has consistently shown is that the childcare provider (i.e. the person who attends to your child) is the most important element in quality childcare.

The way children are treated by caregiving adults shapes their developmentcanstockphoto3266544 nanny hugging child (even the way their brain becomes wired and functions) so it is essential to find a childcare professional who both understands and nurtures your child’s learning through the everyday moments.  For example, does the caregiver talk to your baby during a nappy change, comfort or sing to him or her if they are protesting?  Or is the nappy change conducted silently, with little attention paid to the child’s experience?

A good caregiver is:

Loving and responsive

Positive relationship between your child and their caregiver are created when the caregiver:

  • Hugs, rocks, cuddles, makes eye contact and enjoys interacting with your child
  • Responds to your child’s emerging skills and interests, finding ways to expand upon their play
  • Is sociable and interested in children, supporting your child to build relationships with other children and adults
  • Talks to your child about what they do and see, playfully introducing new ideas, objects and games

Respects children’s individual needs

Caregivers need to be sensitive and accepting of your child’s individuality as well as any difference in your family’s culture, ethnic background and customs.  Caregivers should recognise your child’s:

  • Personal rhythms (e.g. sleep patterns)
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Need for play, rest and food & water
  • Special needs or requirements

and be comfortable with them and plan accordingly.

Provides a stimulating & child-friendly environment

A quality environment is well planned and invites children to learn and grow.  Caregivers need to provide:

  • A clean and safe environment so that children can explore their surroundings
  • An environment which changes to accommodate the needs of growing infants and toddlers
  • Interesting and stimulating things to explore in order to enhance children’s natural curiosity and intellectual development

Kindercare Learning Centres

Since 1972, our 100% NZ family-owned and family-run centres have had the privilege of cherishing children through their early years. You’ll find our safe, loving centres in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Palmerston North.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Kauri Kids Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre

Kauri is among the mightiest trees, yet begins as just a seed. At Kauri Kids we believe that with love, care and nurturing all Tamariki are full of the potential to be as mighty as the Kauri tree. Located at the Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre, Kauri Kids Ōtara offers affordable, trusted early childhood education and provides your children with a safe place to grow and learn with experience and committed early childhood educators.

Location

  • South Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Krafty Kidz

Krafty Kidz is a small, well-established, early childhood centre located at the base of the Waitakere Ranges, in West Auckland.

Location

  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Fame

Fame is an exciting and friendly centre, where children grow and learn with confidence. Each day at Fame offers a special blend of loving care, fun and education, with a unique focus on performing arts.

Locations

  • Rodney
  • Whangaparaoa Peninsula

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Childcare Centres
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
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Sunnynook Preschool

Sunnynook Preschool offers children and their families a safe, nurturing, and stimulating educational environment. We provide a routine-based program, which focuses on literacy and numeracy skills, using everyday happenings as well as planned learning experiences.

Locations

  • Forrest Hill / Sunnynook
  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Bambinos Early Childhood Centre

Bambinos is a purpose built early childcare centre which has been based on the principles of running as a home away from home. Bambinos is committed to providing you and your child with the very best early childcare education with a loving and caring environment.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • South Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Just Kidz Educare

Quality Childcare, Education, Preschool, Kindergarten & After School Care.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Childcare Centres
  • Holiday & out of school care
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Dream Au Pair

Wouldn't it be great to have someone care for your children, helping them grow and develop in their own home environment, the way we did when we were kids? Dream Au Pair offers you just that!

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Babysitting Services
  • Before/After School Care
  • In-home childcare
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Apples Childcare & Learning Centre

Apples Childcare is a safe & stimulating learning environment. We offer high quality education & care for children aged 3 months to 5 years. We place importance on nurturing children’s needs & promoting respect for children & their families.

Locations

  • Red Beach / Silverdale
  • Rodney
  • Whangaparaoa Peninsula

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Miss Poppins Nanny and Babysitting Agency

Miss Poppins offers a nanny and babysitting service in the Auckland wide area. It is a collaboration of qualified professionals who are passionate about offering excellent one on one care for our next generation.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Babysitting Services
  • Before/After School Care
  • In-home childcare
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