Home-based Childcare

Make a difference in your child's future with PORSE Home-based Childcare.

PORSE takes a relationship-based approach to nurturing and educating young minds, with Educators and Nannies becoming a significant person in the lives of the children they care for. Through your child’s programme, Educators and Nannies work at the pace of your child, allowing them time for their natural development and individual potential to unfold.

Why choose PORSE?

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Authentic Experiences
Real-world interaction and public outings, in a safe and supportive environment, with a person your child trusts.
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Authentic Experiences

Home-based Childcare provides real-world interaction and public outings, in a safe and supportive environment, with a person they trust. These experiences are learning opportunities, catered to each child’s interests, giving them the chance to try new things. It is through experiences like these that children grow their social skills and relationships with others.

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Authentic Environments
Replicating the comfort and security of home, as well as the routines and values that are built there.
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Authentic Environments

Home-based Childcare replicates the comfort and security of home, as well as the routines and values that are built there. These environments allow children space and time to be themselves, rather than forcing them to fit in. Providing these environments is especially important during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, as young brains need calm and familiar surroundings to learn and grow.

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Authentic Relationships
One-on-one, responsive relationships that provide children with consistency and a go-to person.
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Authentic Relationships

Home-based Childcare comes from one-on-one, responsive relationships that provide children with consistency and a go-to person. These relationships are built on providing emotional availability, attentiveness and time to each individual child. Science shows that for children’s brains to make the positive connections that build social skills and resilience, these relationships are essential.

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Benefits of in-home childcare

  • A warm, nurturing, respectful Educator or Nanny that you’ve personally chosen
  • A healthy and safe environment that’s regularly checked
  • A calm home environment that allows for quiet play and relaxing activities
  • Social interaction in a group size not exceeding four children, as recommended by international research on the benefits of early childhood best practice
  • Participation in all the familiar, everyday routines that your child would do if they were at home
  • Planned activities to enhance the child’s interests and strengths
  • Learning and development according to Te Whāriki principles and the Ministry of Education guidelines.
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A relationship-based approach

  • Positive interactions at all times to promote physically, emotionally and psychologically safe environments
  • Developmentally, culturally and individually appropriate experiences with family values reinforced
  • Sensitive and informed guidance, interventions and support
  • Responsiveness to children’s interests and passions
  • Giving children time to explore and complete activities
  • Planning play experiences that are child-led, challenging and meaningful
  • Treating children with respect, dignity and individuality
  • Encouraging children to participate in all play areas and activities
  • Providing boundaries, routines that are clear and consistent, by negotiating with children, and giving children ‘choice’
  • Offering one-to-one support with challenging and complex play activities and learning
  • Non-discriminatory and appropriate behaviour
  • Assuring children appropriate privacy and confidentiality and advocating on behalf of children
  • Valuing diversity.
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20 hours ECE

The New Zealand government provides 20 Hours of ECE (Early Childhood Education) to give young children the best possible start in life. This subsidy is vitally important because a quality early childhood education, such as the PORSE programme, builds lifelong foundations for successful learning.

The 20 Hours ECE government subsidy is available for all children aged three, four and five, and enrolled with licensed Ministry of Education Early Childhood Education providers who opt into the 20 Hours ECE programme. This subsidy is not means-tested or calculated on how much you earn, so it’s available to all three to five-year-olds who enrol at PORSE.

If your child is turning three and you’re already part of the PORSE family, you’ll be automatically contacted by our community team about applying for the 20 Hours ECE subsidy. If you’re not currently part of PORSE, we can discuss your options with you during your enrolment. The 20 Hours ECE subsidy ceases when your child turns six or starts school.

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A commitment to care

The PORSE Philosophy

With over twenty years of experience and learning behind PORSE, we believe in nurturing and educating children within secure, stimulating and positive home-based environments while fostering consistent, connected and supportive relationships between the children, their Educators and their parents.

The PORSE approach to home-based childcare is based on experience and research around the importance of play, learning and development through close child-adult relationships, allowing your child to grow and explore with confidence.

Which home-based childcare is right for you?
Home-based Educator
  • Provides care from their own home.
  • May care for up to four children under five years of age, with a maximum of two under the age of two.
  • Sets their own days, hours, and rate.
  • Is self-employed.
  • Cares for children in your family home.
  • May undertake additional tasks by agreement, relating to caring for your children, such as preparing meals for your child and cleaning up afterwards, or washing and changing your child’s bedding.
  • Is employed by you at an hourly rate mutually agreed.
  • Maybe shared by more than one family with similar care requirements.
Au Pair
  • Is a nanny who lives in the family home.
  • Is usually on a working holiday in New Zealand, providing your family with an insight into another culture.
  • Is employed by the family, with room and board included as part of the remuneration package.


"I joined PORSE because it gave me the ability to do what I enjoy, in creating an environment that is home-like and where the children and their families become an extension of my own family."
Clare Chatfield
Central Wellington
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Home Based Childcare
A calm home environment that allows for quiet play and relaxing activities
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