General Information



Are you looking for an Early Education Service where your child or children can get out and about and do things children have always done – making huts, mud pies, climbing trees, playing games?



Are you looking for an Early Education service that offers your child risk, adventure and challenge in a safe secure environment?


Play and Learn Home Based care is a service licensed by the Ministry of Education and follows the New Zealand Early Education Curriculum.  Play and Learn Early Education Programmes have a focus on learning in the outdoors and from nature. Individual educators will also be influenced by their own teaching philosophy and experience.


Educators are chosen for their passion, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for working with children in the outdoors


Children will go on regular outings within their local community either just with their educator or with a small group (1:4 adult to child ratio still applies) to local parks, libraries, supermarkets, reserves and beaches. In addition to this there is an expectation that they will also regularly attend nature playgroups and/or nature kindergarten. 


Not only do we have a strong focus on the outdoors, children also will have opportunities to learn about the world they live in by real life experiences such as baking, building, gardening.


Children will have access to a wide range of educational resources including (but not limited to) art resources - paints, pens, glue, glitter, clay, music - instruments, cds, books, puzzles


Children will have an individualised programme tailored to their own interests. They will have a "Learning Journey" book which will be a record of their learning which families are also encouraged to contribute to. 


Educators participate in regular professional development and are aware of current trends in early education and outdoor education. 


We offer 20ECE in conjunction with either our Out and About programme or Nature Kindergarten.


We cater for children from birth to six years



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