Gingerbread Cottage acknowledges the importance family/whānau places on the well- being of their child whilst in the care of another person. We acknowledge that your child is precious and for this reason we hold very high standards in the quality of childcare we offer.
We recognise the importance of building supportive relationships between children, their parents, whānau, Educators, and Visiting Teachers.
Ministry of Education Regulations require our Educators to hold a current First Aid Certificate. We ensure that Educators regularly attend the required Refresher Course to keep their Certificate current.
We select Educators who have a genuine interest in children’s development and wellbeing and who have a warm friendly personality and nurturing disposition and who enjoy providing a wide variety of play and learning throughout the child’s day. We encourage Educators to up-skill themselves through regular workshops.
Every person in the Educators home who is over the age of 17 is Police vetted.
We understand the importance of the relationship between family/whānau, child and Educators, so for that reason we offer parents the opportunity of meeting and interviewing prospective Educators to enable them to make the choice of their child’s carer.
Gingerbread Cottage Visiting Teachers hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and have a combination of over 40 years’ experience of working alongside children. They are trained in CPR and First Aid and have a commitment to on-going training and professional development.
We are a Ministry of Education licensed childcare provider so we are able to access
20 ECE hours care for 3 and 4 year olds – there is absolutely no additional charge for these hours
We can also assist you to access WINZ subsidies if you are eligible.
At Gingerbread Cottage we strive to provide a quality service for families and children and we acknowledge that everyone has different priorities and perspectives when looking to place their child in care.
That is why we give parents and families options when it comes to choosing their child’s Educator.
Some areas that we believe are important for you to consider when it comes to choosing the right educator for your child are:
• An Educator who respects the values and beliefs of your family.
• An Educator whose home environment is consistent with your home environment.
• An Educator who places importance on the aspirations and expectations that you have for your child’s learning and development.
• An environment where you are happy with the routines offered by the Educator.
• An environment which will support your child with learning activities to extend their level of development.
• A home providing a physically safe environment but challenging enough that your child can take risks without injury.
• A place where you and a family’s/ whanau needs are fully meet.
• An educator who is warm and caring and who will nurture your child (friendships, hugs, fun and laughter).