If you are thinking of opening a child care centre, you will have many choices to make. You can choose from Kindergartens, home-based child care services or even get a postgraduate qualification in leadership. Whatever your choice, you can be sure that there will be a child-friendly environment.
Home-based child care
Home-based early childhood centres are becoming increasingly popular across New Zealand. This type of childcare provides a more personalised service and smaller groups, which allows educators to create more specialised one-to-one learning programmes. This type of childcare is more promising than larger-scale, general-purpose childcare centres.
This type of childcare is also well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children. The educators are trained in Te Whariki (NZ’s philosophy for early childhood education), which is based on nurturing and establishing a strong connection with the children. A visiting teacher records detailed information about the children’s learning and routines each month in their learning portfolios. The educators and visiting teacher share their experiences with parents regularly, so parents can see how their children are learning and developing. Regular outdoor excursions and experiences outside the home are also a part of the programme. Parents and educators report that these opportunities are valued and appreciated by the children.
There are a number of qualifications available to train to work in this field, including a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. These qualifications are ideal for those who want to become early childhood teachers but may not yet hold a full practising certificate. The courses focus on early childhood education and are suitable for those who want to be teachers or have a passion for this field.
Postgraduate certificate in leadership
The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management for Early Childhood Centres in Whangarei is a graduate qualification that focuses on the leadership practices in ECE centres. This programme blends online learning with in-person study to provide students with flexible learning opportunities. The programme also covers key issues and trends relevant to the ECE sector.
It consists of seven-week courses designed for busy professionals. There are multiple start dates each year and students can complete their qualification in as few as 16 months. The program includes 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses. The course is based on research, policy, and practice.
The course includes a teaching practicum which is compulsory for each year of the programme. This practical is done in a different setting for a total of ten days. In the second and third years, the subjects covered in the practicum will be expanded upon and completed under the guidance of a registered teacher.
The programme includes three series of learning that cover the core knowledge, skills, and tools for effective leadership in early childhood centres. Each of the modules builds on the core knowledge of participants and supports them as they map out their learnings and develop their customized plans. The modules can be taken in any order and can be completed in any sequence.
Kindergartens in Whangarei are a great place for children to start their early childhood education. Children learn lifelong foundational skills and build lifelong friendships in these educational centres. There’s something magical about a kindergarten’s children’s garden, which nurtures the imagination and creativity of young learners. Each kindergarten has been carefully designed to provide a stimulating and safe environment. Each kindergarten also reflects the values of the local community.