If you are working or studying, and looking at quality childcare options for your child, then home based care provides many benefits.

  • Small group size with a maximum of four children under six, never more than two children under two. Individual educational programmes are developed for each child.
  • Children can develop responsive and reciprocal relationships with one significant other, particularly beneficial for children under two.
  • Family activities such as shopping, library visits, and trips to the park provide valuable learning experiences for children.
  • The child’s own routines are able to be carried out in the Educator’s home.
  • Education and care is provided in a predictable, calm and familiar environment that enables children to build trust.
  • Flexibility of hours—care can be arranged to suit parents’ needs.
  • Regular visits from a trained early childhood Teacher to support the Educator, child and family.
  • WINZ childcare subsidies and 20 Hours ECE are available to those who are eligible.

Research suggests that education in a home based setting has major benefits for preschoolers.

Research conducted by Leiden education specialists, led by Professor Rien van Ijzendoorn, shows that home based childcare has a number of advantages over daycare centres: the children have a higher level of wellbeing, the carers are more sensitive and there is less noise. Investing in home based care is beneficial for the child. The study: Welbevinden en stress van kinderen in de kinderopvang (‘Wellbeing and stress among children in childcare centres’) is the first Dutch study into the quality of home based childcare. (Source:Investing in home based childcare benefits the child – News – News & Events)

To see further research findings, follow these links:

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