There’s a lot of questions when considering home based childcare. If you do have questions please see below for your answer. If you don’t find what you are looking for you can always contact us on our contact page.

  What regions is PAUA operating in?

Taihape,  Taipa, Taradale, Taumarunui, Taupo, Tauranga, Tautoro, Te Puke, Tokoroa, Turangi, Taranaki and Tararua – well they are all the towns/regions starting with ‘T’!

Actually we go as far as Northland and can be found throughout most of the North Island so you will find us in:  Auckland, Napier, Woodville, Pahiatua, Dannevirke, Wairarapa, Kapiti Coast, Whanganui, and Palmerston North to name just a few.

In the South Island we are currently in Christchurch and throughout North Canterbury.

We are continually expanding to new regions as the demand dictates, so make sure you contact us to get up-to-date information.

  Who founded PAUA and why?

Raewyn Overton-Stuart started PAUA with a dream to provide quality in-home childcare, just like she had when growing up in rural Canterbury. The rest is history!

  What makes PAUA unique when compared with other home based childcare providers?

All home based early childhood services need to adhere to the same regulations and legislation. However the ‘flavour’ of each service can be different. Our passion is quality for all children, and their unique place in their family/whanau. To this end we involve whanau wherever possible (one tangible way is our photographic learning stories are not only put in a child’s profile folder but also available on Educa for parents to comment on).

We provide quality educational resources which are chosen according to children’s interests and development level. These are changed frequently. We also provide great support/training for our Educators and monthly reports following their own learning journey.

We are passionate about providing quality care, particularly in rural and isolated settings.

Parents pay Educators directly, and Educators set their own rate according to their experience and qualifications. PAUA provides administrative support (particularly with WINZ and 20 Hours ECE payments, but does not charge for this).

  What are the advantages of home based childcare over childcare centres?

Home based education means your child can have the same preschool start that you may have had – at home with your mum! Low ratios, having one primary caregiver, and having more access to community outings all combine to provide your child with a great start.

  What support do you offer parents?

Your Visiting Teacher is happy to discuss your child’s progress with you at any stage, particularly if you have a question following receipt of one of the learning stories.

PAUA provides the Parenting magazine and Grapevine magazines to both parents and Educators as a way of supporting positive family values.

  Can anyone put their preschoolers in PAUA care?

Yes, as long as you pay for the care your Educator provides!

  Do I have to place my child in care for a minimum number of hours?

Research shows that 20 hours per week is an optimum number of hours for care (hence the 20 Hours ECE programme), however some Educators have spaces for children receiving nine hours WINZ childcare subsidy.

  Does the childcare take place at my home or at someone else's?

It can happen at either. However, if it happens at your home you are in effect having a nanny and this will be reflected in their hourly rate.

  How much will it cost me to put my child into PAUA care?

PAUA Educators set their own rates, the current average would be $5.00 per hour, though it varies from $4.00 – $8.50.

  Are there any hidden costs?

There are no further administration costs; PAUA operates solely on the funding received from the Ministry of Education.

Dependant on the weekly programme your Educator offers, or the activities you would like your child taken to, there could be costs involved (eg Mainly Music, gym etc) but these will be discussed on enrolment, and during the course of care. If you have any questions, you can ring your Visiting Teacher or Head Office.

  Can I get a WINZ Childcare subsidy or 20 Hours ECE through PAUA?

Yes, as long as you are eligible, we offer both. You can read more about Work and Income childcare subsidies and 20 Hours ECE or talk about it with your Visiting Teacher.

  What about OSCAR care?

The Ministry of Education has recently changed legislation regarding home based early childhood services providing OSCAR care, and we are currently working through what that provision could look like within PAUA.  Talk to your Visiting Teacher or contact us for more information.

  If my mother or any of my relatives look after my children on a regular basis, can they enrol as an Educator?

Yes, as long they meet all the Ministry of Education licensing requirements and PAUA policies and procedures.

  How do I become an Educator?

We would like to know more about you! So once you have filled out a query form, we will send you an application pack which you can fill out and send back to Head Office. We will then get a local Visiting Teacher to meet with you and work through the rest of the process with you.

  How old do I have to be to become an Educator?

Under the Licensing Criteria you need to be over 17 years of age. We prefer our Educators to be over 20 years of age but if you are younger please get in touch with us to discuss your aspirations.

  Are all Educators police checked?

Absolutely! But more than that, we wouldn’t take you to an Educator that our Visiting Teachers wouldn’t feel comfortable in placing their own child or grandchild with.

  What support do you offer the Educators?

Educators are assigned a Visiting Teacher who walks the journey with them. The Visiting Teacher has regular contact (both phone and visits) to provide support, advice and encouragement. PAUA Head Office also provides some administrative support.

  What happens if parents don’t pay?

Care needs to stop, until the payment arrangements have been made. PAUA Head Office will help with debt collection and Educators are encouraged to contact us as soon as a payment is missed.

  How much does it cost to become an Educator with PAUA?

The only costs to become an Educator would be any purchases that you need to make to ensure that your home environment meets that Health and Safety standards we require.

  Does an Educator have to have any formal qualifications?

No, it’s not a requirement, but many of our Educators do have qualifications and we encourage Educators to do some training as part of our PAUA Plus programme.

All our Educators need to have First Aid Training, and PAUA provides opportunities to do this every few months.

  What training do your Visiting Teachers have?

All our Visiting Teachers are qualified early childhood teachers who are registered with the Education Council.