Parents

Benefits of choosing Little Climbers Home-based Education and Care for your child include:

  • Quality Educators: We are proud of the high standard of care we provide. Our educators are well resourced, supported and monitored by experienced and qualified co-ordinators.

  • Safety of the child is utmost priority for us. All our educators are police vetted and have clean police records.

  • All our Educators are First Aid Trained.

  • A nurturing and supportive environment.

  • Flexible Hours and Flexibility to choose your preferred caregiver.

  • Little Climbers works closely with parents and educators to set goals for an individual child.

  • You can choose a caregiver that speaks your home language to your child.

  • Open seven days a week from 7.00am-8.00pm.

  • 20 Free ECE hours for three years and over.

  • One-on-one relationships with educators helps children to grow in confidence.

  • Small group ratios (maximum of 4 children at a time) means children benefit from being part of a small group, where their individual needs and interests are respected and responded to.

  • Small groups mean less exposure to illness.

  • All the educators and children are monitored by qualified ECE teachers, who visit the educator periodically and ensure child development goals are being met.

  • Our Experienced and Qualified co-ordinators are responsible for matching educators and families and for ensuring that educators’ practices promote the education, family values, health and safety of the children enrolled in the service.

  • Our educators are provided with adequate equipment and resources, support, advice and training in early childhood education.

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Subsidies:

20 Hours ECE Subsidy

The government subsidises all children who attend ECE.

20 Hours ECE is a higher funding subsidy.

It means that if your child is 3, 4 or 5 and goes to an ECE service or kōhanga reo that offers 20 Hours ECE, the cost can be fully subsidised for up to 6 hours a day and up to 20 hours a week.

WINZ Subsidy:

WINZ Subsidy is a payment that helps families with the cost of pre-school childcare.
Important information: All payments are automatically stopped when the programme you use closes for Christmas holidays and are restarted when the centre reopens.

Who can get it

You may get a Childcare Subsidy if:

  • You're the main carer of a dependent child

  • You're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

  • Your family is on a low or middle income

You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here. It also depends on how much you and your partner earn.

The child must be:

  • Aged either:

    • under 5, or
    • over 5 if the school has advised they can’t start until the beginning of the term straight after their 5th birthday, or
    • under 6 if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them

  • Attending an approved early childhood programme for 3 or more hours a week.