Little Giggles - In Home Child Care
Little Giggles is an alternative to Centre based care, offering small group sizes with a maximum of 4 children under the age of 6 and never more than 2 children under the age of two.
Small group sizes enable children to build responsive and reciprocal relationships, which is particularly beneficial for children under two.
Individual educational programmes are developed for your child once a term, following Te Whāriki, the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum.
Portfolio books provide a record of your child’s learning and development which are retained by parents when children leave the service.
Children have the opportunity to experience everyday life situations such as cooking, shopping, going for walks, visiting parks, attending music and movement groups etc, these provide valuable learning experiences for children. Educators also provide activities including books, paint, collage, puzzles, play dough, water and sand, each of these activities further enhance your child's learning and development.
Home based care enables your child’s routine to be continued in the Educators home
Educators provide an environment where your child is valued and their needs recognized enabling them to become competent, confident learners
Coordinators who are trained registered Early Childhood teachers visit your child at least once a month completing a written photo observation on a regular basis which goes into the child's portfolio book
Coordinators visit Educators to provide ongoing support, art and craft resources and age appropriate nursery and play equipment. Coordinators are also available for any advice and support in regards to your child
Coordinators organise weekly playgroups providing children the opportunity to interact with their peers in larger group settings.
We endeavor to meet your required childcare hours, and with a variety of Home based Educators flexibility of hours can be considered.
Our Child Care Philosophy
Little Giggles believes that relationships form the key to quality education. Children learn best when they engage in experiences that interest them, and the educators alongside of the parents work together to increase understanding, respect and knowledge.
Little Giggles also believes that every child needs to be treated as unique and special, to have a stimulating educational environment, and to have the opportunity to realize their full learning potential.
Little Giggles provides children with the warmth, nurture and safety of a ‘home away from home’.
Little Giggles believes in cultural diversity. We are committed to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and we support and encourage an appreciation and awareness of the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa. Our planning incorporates the inclusion of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori in all our practices.
A small grouping of children allows for a sense of belonging and a stress free transition from home to the wider world.
We believe in learning outcomes that support biculturalism, social interaction, self esteem and preparation for the Tamaiti/ child’s future.
How Little Giggles Operates
Parent InformationCommunicate any details to your Educator that will assist in providing the best possible care and education for your child e.g. routines (sleeping, toilet training, television viewing) health problems etc. If required your Educator will provide you with a routine form that you can complete.
Getting StartedAfter the initial enquiry, we will provide you with a choice (where possible) of Home Based Educators. You can ring the Educator yourself to make a suitable time to visit with your child or we are happy to arrange a meeting and accompany you so that we may offer support.
Our Fee StructureWINZ Childcare subsidies are available based on families’ gross family income and number of dependent children.
Low income parents who are not working may still be entitled to a 9 hour childcare subsidy to see if you are eligible visit: