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

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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Apples At Home Childcare

Apples at Home Childcare in Rodney, Auckland provides ‘in home’ childcare in Educators own safety approved home. Our Educators are handpicked, thoroughly security screened, and supported by coordinators who are experienced and fully qualified, registered teachers.

Location

  • Rodney

Speciality

  • In-home childcare
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The Treehouse Children’s Creche

The Treehouse is a privately run centre, which offers free childcare for children, aged 0 to 5 years, of the local community.

Location

  • East Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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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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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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Scribbles Early Education Centre

Scribbles Early Education Centre provides quality affordable care for children and their families. Building strong foundations for learning in a child’s early years is paramount. We provide children with rich learning experiences with dedicated qualified educators.

Location

  • East Auckland

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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Imagination Station Early Learning Centre

Imagination Station Early Leaning Centre provides care and education that enables children to develop essential life skills. We place an emphasis on social development where children become confident in a loving and caring environment. Our centre is based in Glen Eden and provides both all day and sessional options between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm.

Location

  • West 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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Stanmore Bay Kauri Kids Childcare

Stanmore Bay Kauri Kids is located within the Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre and offers full time, part time and casual childcare needs of children aged 0-5 years in our local community.

Location

  • Rodney

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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