The supportive nature of the mixed aged setting at our educator’s home is great for my son in developing an understanding and empathy for others - Parent

Why Home Based?

Our years of experience have shown us that home-based early childhood education offers the greatest opportunity for children from infancy to five years of age, to engage in meaningful social interactions that support their emotional, physical and cognitive development.  Research has proven that infants and young children are at their best when they have secure and loving relationships with consistent caregivers.  Our home-based educators stimulate positive, nurturing relationships with the children they care for.  They get to know the child and respond to their interests and personalities on an individual basis. 

Home-based early childhood education is most suitable for those families who value education and care in a home setting where the individual child’s learning needs are met within the stimulation of a small group interaction.  A small group means your child gets lots of personal attention, so we keep our home-based groups to a maximum of four children per educator, and we carefully manage each environment and make sure it is safe, welcoming and child friendly.  Educators also provide regular opportunities for children to be part of larger group experiences by attending Wild Things playgroups and outings in the wider community.

Wild Things home-based educators are motivated to involve children in everyday activities such as baking, making art and play groups.  And the small adult to child ratio makes it possible for the children to participate in frequent outings - guided experiences in carefully chosen and safe environments: like visits to the library, the park, or the local fire station.

Wild Things fosters child led, and play based learning which is  based on the New Zealand national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki.  Each individual child will have their learning documented through learning stories and the web based portfolio Educa.

With the Wild Things Readiness for School programme, your child’s learning is fostered and nurtured to lay the foundations for successful future learning. 

“Our educator offers a warm, loving environment.  She encourages our daughter to try new activities, enriching her with quality education.... and has prepared her to be school ready, which is just so important” _ Parent with Wild Things 2015