Benefits of In-Home Childcare

When families contact me to enquire about my service one of the most common questions I am asked is "What are the benefits of in-home education?". Whilst the benefits may be more obvious for an infant because of the close and nurturing environment, I believe that in-home education provides benefits for preschool children of all ages, right through to school age

It should be recognised that in-home education follows the same Ministry of Education curriculum as any other daycare centre or kindergarten. However consider the flexibility and array of personalised opportunities that can be offered by a smaller environment, dedicated to your child as an individual, as they continue to grow and learn. I offer a personal and individual, hands-on service for children up to the age of 5 years old. In my service your child is one of four children, not one of many and this offers opportunities that are very different to a centre or kindergarten environment.  
My personal opinion is:

Kids are in a class environment for such a lot of their childhood that I believe it's a shame to contain them so early. Children learn from playing, experiencing and questioning and there is no bigger classroom out there than the world around us. What can be better than learning from real world examples? In a centre or kindergarten things can be brought in from the outside world but going out and seeing things in their natural environment inspires children to learn and build on that knowledge using every sense. Whilst centres and kindergartens are well resourced it's still the same four walls everyday, in my care we go out into the community everyday to maximise learning opportunities. 

Small groups are often more flexible, so in an in-home environment trips are easier to organise and it's easier to be spontaneous to take advantage of the weather. In a centre or kindergarten with many children, outings take time to organise logistically and ultimately may be scuppered by the Wellington weather!

Children develop a sense of perspective by being out in the real world. The children in my care are so comfortable in their surroundings that they often tell me where to go and even point out places as we pass by. Whilst centres have the latest playground equipment, the city is our playground and there really is very little stopping us from heading out and enjoying all that is on offer for kids around and about. We go to regular groups but also take advantage of one-off events too, this helps the children become sociable and become confident in new social environments.

With in-home education your educator is constant and a relationship is formed with one person who becomes as good as family to that child (and the parents!). Not only does this provide a constant in their life which is incredibly supportive to their learning, the educator can interpret their children's moods and interests easily because there are fewer children to watch and no shared responsibility amongst several adults. There's no swapping of teachers between age-related rooms to gain more experience, the educator you choose is the one you get for the length of time your child is in their care, your child never loses their favourite educator to a different room, so as a parent you can rest easy knowing your child feels secure and loved.

With all of the city's attractions and activities on offer our resources are endless, not limited by four walls. I have this space to offer your child.

Consider a centre with:

  • A story corner as big as Central Library
  • Musical acoustics as vast as St Paul's
  • A collection of wildlife to equal Zealandia
  • Space to accommodate a Zoo
  • A garden as beautiful as the Botanic Garden
  • A theatre as entertaining as Capital E
  • A specimen corner as detailed as Te Papa
  • Room to house all the stars above the Observatory
  • It's own transport system of cable cars and trains to ride
  • A bike park as thrilling as Avalon Park
  • A sand pit as big as all of Wellington's beaches
  • A water play space with splash pads and pools to rival Harcourt Park
  • A pet corner that's home to pigs, horses and cows, as exciting as Staglands
  • A shop as big as a super market
  • A gym as challenging as Tumbling Tots
  • Plus the resources of Porse to organise additional monthly outings.
Then imagine your child doesn't have to compete with dozens of others and can share this place with three of their best friends.
That's a special place to be.