Frequently Asked Questions
Check out our most frequently asked questions about becoming an educator with PORSE. If you still have questions, please get in touch via phone, the 'Enquire Now' button, or our Live Web Chat option.
What are the requirements to be a PORSE Educator?
First and foremost, you need a love for children and a passion for growing little minds! You will also need:
- New Zealand citizenship or hold a working holiday visa
- a first aid certificate
- a safe home to work from.
PORSE welcomes anyone over the age of 17 years. Our educators include stay-at-home parents/carers and grandparents, early childhood teachers and foster families.
Do I need a qualification to be an educator?
No - you will be well supported in your role by a trained teacher, who will visit at least once per month, and is also available via phone and email if you have any questions or need guidance.
We provide ongoing opportunities to build your skills, from workshops through to the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care (Level 3), which is available free to all PORSE Educators and can be completed while working with PORSE. Please note that you need to be a New Zealand resident to enrol in this course, or an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently residing in New Zealand.
To provide care from my home, what do I need to do to make it safe for children?
Safety and cleanliness are paramount when caring for children. PORSE fully supports you in what is required to make your home safe. We work with you to meet PORSE health and safety standards, based on the requirements for Home-based ECE services provided by the Ministry of Education. As a quick reference:
- your property must be fully fenced
- any pools, spas, lakes, and streams must be fully fenced
- any heating source such as a fireplace or heater must be guarded
- if you drive a car, it must be registered, and hold a current warrant of fitness and have appropriate child car seat anchor bolts
- all pets must have a safe place away from the children
- homes with stairs, decks, and terraced gardens must be made safe for children (methods of ensuring safety will vary based on the nature of the environment, such as access to, and heights of structures. We will work through this with you).
What help will PORSE give me to fill my childcare vacancies?
PORSE has a number of ways to help you fill your childcare spaces. Your educator profile will be listed on the PORSE website and used to help match you with families. We can offer Facebook advertising, signage, flags, brochures, and flyers to support you to market your business.
How much can I earn by being an educator?
It depends on the market rate for the region you live in, but you set your own rates, and what hours you work. As an example, if you choose to care for four children for 30 hours per week, you could earn $32,000-$40,000 per annum, or around $42,000-$54,000 working 40 hours per week (depending on your location).
Does PORSE provide the required equipment, or do I need to have my own?
PORSE will offer you advice on what you need to get set up and can loan you equipment for a period while you source your own. We also have a range of resource boxes available for loan at any time.
As a PORSE Educator you will get FREE access to:
- ongoing professional development options, from short courses to an NZQA qualification
- a support network, including monthly visits from our trained teachers
- play resources and a weekly activity programme (PlaySchool, music groups) plus monthly outings, which can be journaled using an online tool like Storypark
- ongoing professional support including business advice, programme development and health and safety.