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Wellington Home Based Early Learning

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Kia ora!

Kia ora!

I’m Tanya, your local Barnardos Early Learning Advisor for the Wellington region. I’m here to help you find the best early learning and care to suit your child and whānau needs.

About Home Based Early Learning

Home based early learning is an excellent choice for families wanting nurturing care and quality early learning for their child. The benefits of Barnardos Home Based Early Learning include:

  • Conveniently located, flexible care for your whānau
  • Nurturing environment in a dedicated educator’s home
  • Secure relationships among a small group of children
  • Strong focus on early learning guided by Te Whariki – NZ’s Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Local community excursions and adventures

Contact us today to find your nearest educators and learn how home based early learning might suit your child and family.

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0–6 years

Personalised support, guidance and resources

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Flexible hours

Options to meet your family's needs

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Care like home

Individualised care and attention

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Local educators

Choice of educators in your area

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Community outings

Local experiences and adventures

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Expertise & knowledge

Experienced in early childhood for over 40 years

More about home based early learning

Flexibility, comforts of home, nurturing relationships...that's what Barnardos Home Based Early learning is all about.

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Flexibility for families

Home based early learning offers excellent flexibility for the whole family.

For children, care in a home setting with one educator and a familiar small group of friends feels like an extension of their own home and day-to-day life.

For parents, our flexible hours suit shift work or ‘part day’ care is available along with full time care. Plus, you’ll find your educator becomes part of the family – a trusted friend who may be able to offer extra hours, advice or support if needed

Nurturing care in a home environment

Home based early learning offers your child learning in an environment like your own home. A dedicated educator cares for no more than four children at any time in their own home. Your child will thrive under the nurturing guidance of their educator and the secure relationships they’ll form with the other children.

Home based early learning offers your family flexibility, quality early learning and comforting care in a convenient location with around 100 Barnardos Aotearoa Home Based Educators available across the motu.

Quality early learning

There are around 100 Barnardos Aotearoa Home Based Educators across New Zealand. Each one is passionate about providing a loving and safe space for your child’s early learning.

Home based educators deliver a comprehensive program of early learning experiences – guided by Te Whariki – NZs early childhood curriculum and supported by monthly visits from a Barnardos Aotearoa Visiting Teacher. Their happy and nurturing home environments will inspire, stimulate and empower your child to learn in their own unique way.

Community connection

Alongside a routine like your child is used to at home, home based early learning educators offer a unique opportunity for community connection. Adventures to local parks and community facilities such as libraries and playgroups are just some of the activities your child will enjoy

About our educators

Barnardos Educators all have a few things in common – they’re nurturing, enthusiastic and experienced individuals who share a passion for raising the next generation of Kiwi kids.



Lots of our educators are parents themselves, have a background in teaching or an interest in helping their local community. To them, this is their passion and career, not just a job. This means your child will benefit from their focus, commitment and energy.


Our educators are encouraged to enrol in the Level 3 Certificate in Early Childhood. In-house learning modules and continued professional development are also offered. Attracting and retaining high quality educators is important to us. Read more about how we invest in our educators.

Reliable and trustworthy

The safety and wellbeing of your child is always our highest priority. Our home based educators are carefully vetted through comprehensive selection criteria, interview and reference checking processes and are required to attend an in-depth induction program.


All educators are required to:

  • Hold a clear Police and Children’s Worker Safety check. All members of the educator’s household (17yrs+) also need a clear Police check
  • Hold a current First Aid certificate (renewing every 2 years)
  • Welcome regular (minimum monthly) scheduled and unscheduled visits from a Barnardos Visiting Teacher
  • Have their homes thoroughly checked during Visiting Teacher visits
  • Attend all initial induction and training sessions and attend ongoing compulsory training. This is required to meet the conditions of maintaining their Barnardos Home Based Educator status (which we call a Practice Certificate), and to adhere to the Ministry of Education service regulations and licensing criteria
  • Always adhere to the Barnardos Early Learning policies, procedures and guidelines. Copies of individual policies are available from your educator or by contacting us.

Fees and subsidies

We want to make your child’s early learning and care experience as accessible as possible. Childcare fees cover the cost of providing the best quality early learning and care for your child in one of our carefully selected educator's homes.

Fees vary by educator, so to find out your local educator’s fees, contact an Early Learning Advisor today. 

ECE and other subsidies
Did you know Barnardos Home Based Early Learning is an approved ECE option and you may be eligible for fee subsidies?

Learn more about fees and subsidies

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Learning through play

Our educators use Te Whariki – NZ’s Early Childhood Curriculum – to weave early learning moments into your child’s day based on their play interests. Every Educator is supported by regular visits for a qualified visiting teacher.

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Nurturing experiences

Our educators are experienced and enthusiastic nurturers who share a desire to raise the best next generation of Kiwi kids. Your child will benefit from their knowledge and passion while feeling comforted by their home like environment.

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Community connection

Educators are always on the lookout for ways to encourage your child’s connection to nature, the outdoors and the local community. Excursions to the local library, parks and shops are a treasured part of your child’s day.

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Stay in touch with Storypark

We use Storypark to record and communicate learning as it happens via photos, video, audio and observations within a secure online environment. Parents and whānau can receive instant feedback and plan new ways to extend their child’s unique interests and abilities.

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"The experience has just been amazing. I've felt supported and confident. Barnardos has been incredible."

Samuel Wellington

"Flexibility, excellent care and education for my kids, convenient and reasonable pricing."

Joanna Wellington

"Great care for my children. Fantastic caregiver!"

Lara Wellington
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