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

Learning Edge Montessori Preschool

At Learning Edge Montessori your child will experience a small calm and peaceful environment. Each child can choose activities freely, challenge themselves, explore and be part of a caring social community of learners.

Locations

  • Titirangi
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Folkestone Street Infant & Childcare

A suburban, boutique, family-inspired infant & toddler Child Care Centre providing specialist, personalized & flexible care for 0-3 years.

Location

  • East Coast Bays

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Glenpark Childcare Centre

We provide education and care that enable children to develop essential life skills. We place an emphasis on independence, self-esteem, confidence and communication in a safe and caring environment. Our teachers are fully trained professionals who are dedicated to quality care of children.

Location

  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Babies and Buddies

Here at Babies & Buddies Early Childhood Centre, our vision is: To develop the inner spark in every child, so they shine on the outside. To achieve this we identify each child’s unique interests and needs, tailoring daycare programmes to suit their personality and encourage development.

Location

  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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JeMMa’s

JeMMa's provide a trusted, clever mix of childcare and education for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers creating confidence and comfort for your child.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • In-home childcare
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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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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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Christopher & Robin

We strive for excellence in all aspects of care, from our resources and facilities to our staff and healthy home grown meals. Our spacious centre provides a fun and safe place for children to learn and develop.

Locations

  • Red Beach / Silverdale
  • Rodney
  • Whangaparaoa Peninsula

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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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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