Gingerbread Cottage is a privately owned homebased childcare service licensed and operating under the Ministry of Education Regulations. We currently have Educators and Nannies based in the Hamilton, Ngaruawahia and Huntly areas.
We employ qualified Early Childhood Education Visiting Teachers who work closely with each family to provide for the individual needs of the child placed in our care. Our teaching team are committed and passionate about providing quality care and education for preschool children.

Gingerbread Cottage Philosophy

We focus on developing warm, reciprocal relationships, ngā hononga, with all who join us; tamariki/whānau, Educators and staff. We believe that respectful relationships will foster a sense of belonging for all, and will enable us to be responsive to parent and whānau, with aspirations and expectations.
Play is seen as a valuable way for tamariki to learn. Our dedicated Educators therefore provide safe, nurturing and stimulating learning environments where tamariki are encouraged to play and explore in their own way and time, whakamana. Our homes, playgroups and excursions provide holistic learning, kotahitanga, opportunities for tamariki so that they can explore and socialise with others.
At Gingerbread Cottage we value and celebrate the culture, strengths and interests of each tamaiti, while promoting the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our ultimate aim is to affirm the individuality of each tamaiti so that they will continue to be competent, confident and contributing members of the community, whanau tangata.

Gingerbread Cottage Vision

The uniqueness of each tamaiti will be nurtured and celebrated so that they remain confident and competent individuals who will continue to make unique and valuable contributions to their communities.

Gingerbread Cottage Mission

To provide exceptional home learning environments where dedicated Educators are supported and guided by fully qualified and experienced teachers so that the individuality of each tamaiti is nurtured, celebrated and enhanced. In addition to our home learning environments we provide our own playgroup venue where we strive to develop a sense of belonging and inclusiveness for tamariki, whanau and Educators.

Gingerbread Cottage Whakatauki

He whānau kotahi tatou, ā ahakoa he iti he pounamu – We are one family, where each member is precious and valued.

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Are you or someone you know looking for childcare in the New Year?
We would love to talk to them about the care and education that is provided by our wonderful educators throughout the Hamilton Ngaruawahia and Huntly areas.

Please call us now for details (07) 847 4478
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The Whizz Bang Science show entertained us today at our end of year celebration for the children.
There were amazing bubbles that were filled with helium, there were LARGE bubbles that reflected colours, and there were bubbles that were set on fire ...... so many bubbles all around us!
The children left in their bubble cars seeking and searching for other bubbles that might be around them.

Thank you Emma for a fabulous morning.
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A book about our beautiful gardens, with places that your children will recognise! ... See MoreSee Less

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Notice to Families and Educators 22 September 2020

Operating Procedures - Covid 19 Alert Level 1
It is extremely good news that we have again moved to Alert Level 1 and in this level there is a low public health risk from the virus. With the exception of border controls including testing and quarantine/isolation for new arrivals, Alert Level 1 sees a return to life as we knew it pre-COVID-19. All current restrictions are lifted. Once again we welcome this good news.
We need to continue to be mindful that there is a global pandemic that is expected to continue into 2021 or even longer. It is important we remain vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of any community transmission.
There are no specific public health requirements for licensed early learning services at Alert Level 1 however we will be encouraging Educators to continue to employ a high level of hygiene and to do whatever is possible to provide your children with a safe and healthy environment by employing the following best practice:
• Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
• Ensure all children/tamariki regularly wash and dry their hands before and after meals.
• Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
• Regular (at least daily) cleaning of shared and high touch surfaces is recommended alongside your usual cleaning schedule.
• Continued compliance with all regulatory requirements. The health, safety and well-being of children/tamariki will remain their primary consideration.
• Parents will be advised immediately if their child is unwell and arrangements made for the child to be collected.
• While contract tracing is not a requirement we suggest that Educators keep track of all visitors to their home.
• Gingerbread Cottage will stay vigilant and prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
• Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Visiting Teacher if you have any concerns you wish to discuss
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I really value the support we get at Gingerbread Cottage. It’s the little things that matter.


Gingerbread Cottage encourages personal development through Educational courses. They support educators and children and provide a safe and fun environment for children to explore at playgroups. They offer a varied range of excursions around the city and have a close bond with all the Educators and children.


I have been working with Gingerbread Cottage since it started.
I enjoy being part of the Gingerbread Cottage team and have always felt supported in working with the children.
I love our playgroup and the excursions that are offered to us every month. My care children always look forward to seeing our Visiting Teacher at our weekly playgroup and on her monthly visits to us.

 We have the freedom to extend the children’s learning in lots of different environments. Also there are workshops offered to us to help us be the best educator we can be.
In the past I have worked with other Homebased childcare companies but I’m with Gingerbread Cottage for the long haul!!