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

Penny’s Place

Penny's Place is a privately owned early child education and care centre located in rural Dairy Flat.

Location

  • Coatesville / Dairy Flat

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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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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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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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.

Location

  • Whangaparaoa Peninsula

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Childcare Centres
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
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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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Pupuke Early Education Centre

If you are looking for a home away from home for your child then you need to look no further. Personal, loving care, home cooked meals and a philosophy embedded in the Virtues Project.

Location

  • North Shore

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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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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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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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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