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

Andy’s Educare Ltd

Early childhood care and education that provides your child with a magical start on their life-long learning journey.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Wee Wisdom Montessori Schools

Wee Wisdom Montessori Preschools nurture children to become competent learners, preparing them not only for school, but for life itself. Our philosophy is to nurture the development of each child in our care in partnership with the family, whanau and community.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Childcare Centres
  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Writing and Spelling
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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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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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Mighty Minds Educare

Mighty Minds Educare is a purpose built, quality childcare centre conveniently located on Great South Road in Penrose. We provide a loving, caring, safe and educational environment where children’s learning is nurtured and encouraged. Our well established team is committed to provide quality education and care for your child.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Karaka Learning Centre

Karaka Learning Centre, where outstanding care & education is interwoven. It is the uniqueness of our centre & the quality of services provided by our highly-trained educators that contribute to your child’s learning & well-being.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Childcare Centres
  • Holiday & out of school care
  • Holiday Programmes
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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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Living and Learning Family Centres

A private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to empowering New Zealand children, families, and communities, to succeed in life, even if they face social and economic challenges. Our early childhood centres are at the heart of each Living and Learning Family Centre.

Location

  • North Shore

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Child’s Time Penrose

Child’s Time is a family owned and operated early childhood centre providing a warm, friendly environment where each child’s potential is realised through praise, sensitivity & respect.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland

Speciality

  • Childcare Centres
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Fairy Godmothers Inc

Fairy Godmothers Inc. (FGI) offer quality, affordable, professional home-based childcare and education for 0-5 year olds in safe, nurturing and stimulating home environments.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Babysitting Services
  • In-home childcare
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