Welcome to Seedlings!
Seedlings Education is a free home-based education support service for New Zealand children aged between 0-5 years.
We are licensed by the Ministry of Education to provide a support system for your nanny, friend or family member to act as an in-home Educator to your children.
We create individualised in-home learning pathways for children so they can grow and learn in at their own pace, in their own place. With in-home education, children maintain their own routines, eat and sleep at their normal times. Flexible programmes enable care-givers to create a more natural childhood experience in an environment that is safe and familiar.
Seedlings is more than a free service - we actually PAY YOU a subsidy for each child per enrolled hour, dependent on your child's age - up to $100 per child per week! Click here to learn more about the subsidy.
Contact us today and give your child the best start in life and enrol them with Seedlings Education today.
Benefits for Parents
A monthly subsidy paid to you per hour
per child (up to $100 per week)
Access to WINZ childcare subsidies
Optional Payroll service (fees apply)
Benefits for Children
Access to our free toy and book libraries & resource kits
Birthday gifts & free outings
Personalised learning path for each child’s age & stage
Benefits for Educators
Free First Aid training and
Monthly Prizes and incentives
Support visits from qualified
The Education Review Office Says:
Programme coordinators establish respectful relationships with children and families linked to each educator. They provide detailed reports and feedback to build educator capability in catering for and extending children's learning. Infants, toddlers and young children benefit from a curriculum that is responsive to their learning needs.
Programmes and resources support children's cultural contexts. Home languages are prioritised as many educators share the same cultural heritage. Children have opportunities to develop their creativity, early literacy and mathematical knowledge.
Programme coordinators meet to develop planning cycles that have a different focus each month. Clear and useful records focus on a child's wellbeing, learning and care. Coordinators organise outdoor excursions and playgroup/discovery days that offer opportunities for educators and children to play and learn together. They promote online communication and learning with digital technologies.
The service's focus on learning through play and the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, are evident in planning and documentation. The programme coordinator and educators regularly share children's learning with parents/whānau. Daily journals and learning portfolios document aspirations and inform parents of children's learning experiences. Documents are translated and tailored to meet the learning needs of the children.
'A high level of educator enthusiasm
encourages children’s independence & exploration'