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.
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.
Communicate 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. ... more
WINZ 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: ... more
What parents say about Little Giggles:
"My child has been enrolled with little Giggles since 2014, it’s been 3 years now. I am very happy with the service. The Educator respects my child’s culture and home language. I enjoy their regular parent’s evenings, trips/excursions and playgroups" - P.A, Flat Bush
Communicate 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.
Ensure that adequate, nutritious and appropriate meals and drinks are supplied for your child.
Ensure that your child has adequate and appropriate clothing and nappy changes. It is important that they have a change of clothes so that they are free to play and get messy. Ensure your child has a hat appropriate for the weather and sun block in the summer.
Discuss any behaviour management practices with your Educator. It is important to note that any form of physical punishment is not permitted.
It is your responsibility to provide an approved child restraint to enable your Educator to take your child out in the car. No child will be transported without an approved car restraint according to their age. You can either leave your own or we may be able to assist.
Your Educator is not obliged to have ill children in care and if your child becomes ill while in care you may be required to collect the child immediately.
If your child has diarrhea or vomited they may not attend care for a minimum of 24hrs after the last episode. Also remember, that if your child is suffering from a contagious or infectious disease, they should remain away from the Educator's home until the appropriate time has passed.
Ensure that you arrive and collect your child at the arranged times and if there are changes to these notify your Educator. All care is charged for to the nearest ½ hour.
Good communication is vital between yourself and the Educator. Let your Educator know that you value and appreciate them.
Notify Little Giggles of any changes in circumstances or care arrangements. Changes of address and phone are needed in case of an emergency.
What parents say about Little Giggles:
"Little Giggles Programme Coordinators and my Child’s Educator are very helpful and supportive. They always involve me in my child’s learning, development and planning. They provide lots of indoors and outdoors activities to enhance my child’s learning and development." - U.V, Pakuranga
After 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.
It is important to take some time when making the decision on your choice of Educator and not to decide in front of the Educator.
Please remember that the Educator has the right to say no if they do not feel comfortable with the arrangements. Try to spend some time with your child and the Educator before the starting day. This helps you to all know each other prior to care beginning.
Emergency care can be arranged if your Educator should become ill.
Each child’s educational learning experience is based on Te Whariki - the National Curriculum. The Coordinator and Educator will plan your child’s "Next Steps" and we welcome input from Parents/Whanau.
As part of our formal observations Educators and Coordinators use digital cameras to record children’s progress. Extra copies are available on request, also colour versions by e-mail. Every child has a portfolio Book recording their time at the Educators and this will go with them when they leave the service.
We ask Parents/Whanau to provide the food their child will need whilst in care.
What parents say about Little Giggles:
"I have just joined Little Giggles. My daughter’s Educator is very caring and supportive. I am very happy with the daily activities and the programme planning for my child to help her and support her to achieve her developmental milestones. I am looking forward to experience a happy journey with Little Giggles In home childcare" - V.S, Flat Bush
Our educators will give their own fees per hour and per child.
Contact us to see how we can help
WINZ 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: www.workandincome.govt.nz Phone: 0800 559 009
All subsidies are paid by Little Giggles Ltd directly to the educator.
Parents will be notified of fees not paid and if in arrears of 2 weeks then the child’s enrolment will be terminated.
If parents are going to withdraw or change booking times of their child from the home based care, they are to give 2 weeks’ notice, so than no further fees will be incurred.
Full fees will be charged for the children’s enrolled days as per enrolment, when they are absent (sick or personal reasons) and if their enrolment fall on public holidays.
Payment is due fortnightly in advance and can be made by automatic payment or telephone banking.
20 hours ECE is a government subsidy available to all 3, 4 and 5 year old children enrolled in Licensed Ministry of Education Early Childhood Education providers who opt into the 20 hours ECE.
The Government provides a higher funding subsidy through 20 Hours ECE because it believes that giving young children the best possible start in life is vitally important, and that quality Early Childhood Education, such as Little Giggles programme, builds the lifelong foundation of successful Learning.
What parents say about Little Giggles:
"I am very happy with the activities and programme provided to my child every day. I am well informed by the Educator about the day of my child and the activities. The Educator provides child appropriate activities for my child" - H.K, Papatoetoe
We’ll meet with you to find out all about your child and your care needs, and then your visiting teacher will take you to meet educators who they think would be a great fit for you. You can talk with the educators about what hours you’d like your child to be at Little Giggles.
Once you’ve chosen your educator, we’ll give you lots of information about how to help your child make a smooth transition from home to Little Giggles care, become familiar with the new environment, and start to build relationships with your educator and the other children. We’ll also let you know what to bring each day and give you information about the policies and procedures that guide us at Little Giggles In-Home Childcare.
Our Little Giggles educators provide childcare in their own homes for children from birth to five years. With one educator and no more than three other children, your child will be able to form secure relationships and get individual attention. Your educator will adapt each day’s activities to your child’s interests and what they enjoy doing.
Each educator is supported by a Little Giggles visiting teacher who is a qualified and registered early childhood teacher. They visit your educator and child regularly and work with them to extend your child’s learning, using Te Whāriki, the early childhood education curriculum. You can find out more about Te Whāriki, on the Ministry of Education’s website.
Your child’s activities and progress will be recorded in their own journal. Not only can you see what they’ve been doing and how they’re developing, it’s also a great vestige of their early years. We welcome you adding comments, stories and photos to their learning journal – we know that learning happens through family experiences and at home too.
You’re welcome to drop in and spend time with your educator, and it’s great to have a conversation with them at the start or end of the day about your child’s progress and well-being. Your visiting teacher will also talk with you regularly and you can contact them at any time. We have educators across Auckland.
The choice of educator is yours. To make sure you get the educator who’s right for you and your child, we’ll talk with you to understand what you’re looking for from childcare and take you to meet the educators we think will be a good fit for you.
Most of our educators are parents themselves, and they’re all passionate about nurturing children and growing their imaginations. We check they’re able to provide a safe and child-friendly home environment, and we carry out police and background checks.
All our educators do first aid course and follow the guidelines of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki. Educator then has ongoing professional development to learn more about topics like positive guidance and learning through play.
Our service is completely FREE to you as a family with no placement/recruitment or administration fees charged. Call us now on 0508 444 453 and let us come to you.