Vivienne Willis

Vivienne Willis


My interest in Early Childhood Education began in the early 1960’s when our children were pre-school age and this led me to many years of involvement in the Waikato Free Kindergarten Association.

Our daughter worked as a homebased Educator for a period of 12 years and through this I came to appreciate the value of homebased care and education as I could see first-hand that it offered parents/whānau the flexibility to meet their personal requirements and that children were nurtured in a warm and caring home environment enabling valuable individual attention and learning opportunities.

In 2010 my husband and I established Gingerbread Cottage.  Our goal was to build a service that was family focused and that would offer children a wide range of learning opportunities from which they would grow into competent and capable learners and at the same time provide them with a home environment of warmth and caring.

To work with us in achieving that goal we have a stable and committed teaching and administration team that have a drive to provide educators, children and families/ whānau with the best learning outcomes for their children. We believe we are achieving that goal and can confidently say that we provide one of the best privately owned homebased services in the Hamilton and surrounding areas.