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Welcome to Kowhai Kids Home-Based Educare

A division of Kowhai Kids


All children are unique, and so are their families. Kowhai Kids now has all the options for families choosing childcare -  centre-based, nannies, and Home-Based educare - we’re your one stop shop !

Our Home-Based Network caters for families from the Hibiscus Coast up to the Kaipara and through the Mid North. We provide 20 hours free ECE and 9 hours free Winz subsidies.

If you are looking for a trusted educarer or nanny to care for your precious child, we can help. All our nannies and educarers are carefully selected. We look for people who are warm, nurturing and friendly, and willing to do some training to develop their childcare skills. We undertake a NZ Police check, and complete a comprehensive health and safety check of the home.

Home-Based Educare offers low ratios (children are in groups of four or less). Our Registered Early Childhood Teachers work with our Educarers and nannies to provide an Educational Programme for the children, based on Te Whaariki, New Zealand’s Early Childhood Education curriculum document. Your child’s milestones and learning journey is documented in their portfolio, just as you would expect in a centre.

Why choose home-based education?

Kowhai Kids Home-Based Childcare provides fabulous educational experiences for children whose families may not be able to access a centre due to location, or because the hours they require don't fit into the centre's licence or sessions, or because they simply prefer smaller groups and a home-like environment.

Your child's day in a Home-Based environment can be less structured and more spontaneous, it will include trips to the park, beach, playgroup and so on. To ensure safety is not compromised, our service has a documented set of policies and practices for dealing with everything from nappy changing to sleeping, to excursions, and parents are encouraged to read these and offer feedback.

Children and educarers develop a deep attachment within the nurturing home environment. Children feel supported to explore their environment, to develop their social skills and language, to learn self management. Communication between the family, the educarer and the service is essential to the relationship and we are committed to ensuring that comunication is high quality and on-going.


Click here to access KowhaiKids In Home Educare Childcare latest ERO Report on the Education Review Office Website.

Here is some feedback we recently received:

I would like to make a special commendation for ‘Auntie Lee’, she is one of life’s true gems. The time and care she takes with Jack and all in her care to nurture their natural talents, encourage confidence and self sufficiency is outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble, her first priority is always the children’s happiness. She really makes a difference in Jacks life, he adores his time with her – thank you for having someone so special on your team, she is fantastic. Can’t sing her/Kowhai Kids praises highly enough. Lou Edmund