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

Topcare Early Learning Centres

Topcare Early Childhood Learning Centres provide high quality day and half day preschool education and care for children from two to five years of age in Papatoetoe, South Auckland.

Location

  • South Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Angels Childcare Centre

Angels Childcare Centres provides the highest quality care and opportunities in education, outdoor playgrounds and social development, from the very young right through to children starting school. With Centres located in New Lynn and Takapuna Auckland, we have a strong Christian foundation and we offer children an environment full of learning, fun, joy and laughter.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Sure Start

Sure Start provides quality care and education for children under five, in a safe, supportive and challenging environment where their individual needs are paramount.

Locations

  • Rodney
  • Whangaparaoa Peninsula

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Prodigy Preschools

We provide quality early childhood education to children aged 0 – 5 years at our 4 locations throughout Auckland.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • South Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Kidz Unlimited

Kidz Unlimited Learning Centre is a small family owned and operated home away from home providing love, education and child care for a generation of little Aucklanders.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Nurserydale Childcare

Nurserydale provides your child with a home away from home where they learn to become confident, independent learners in a safe and supportive natural environment.

Location

  • Birkdale / Birkenhead

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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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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Kidd Inn Early Learning Centre

Our Kidd Inn family is committed to providing your children with a safe, nurturing, creative & challenging environment to help them grow into special & unique individuals.

Location

  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Home2Grow

We provide a supportive in-home childcare environment with your child the focus. We go the extra mile to find the right fit for your child & family.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • In-home childcare
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Discoverys Learning Centre

Our “home” is a renovated purpose built centre. The centre has a cosy home-like environment which helps give the children and their families a sense of belonging in the centre.

Location

  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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