Free Early Childcare Centre Opens in Claudelands

A new centre has  recently opened in Claudelands.

Little Ladybugs Learning Centre, is a early childhood care centre for three and four-year-olds aimed at those who are not already participating in an early childhood education service.

The centre is able to offer it’s services  for free because it takes advantage of the 20 Hours ECE subsidy which is available to all three and four-year-olds for up to 20 hours per week.

Little Ladybugs offers a full care and education programme, based on New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki. It also provides children with a nutritious lunch and afternoon tea.

Little Ladybugs is open from 12 noon to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, meaning families can utilise their full 20 Hours ECE entitlement, without incurring any additional costs.

The centre has been custom-renovated and offers a wide range of resources and learning opportunities for children. It is licensed by the Ministry of Education, whose regulations set standards and expectations for curriculum development, teacher qualifications, group size and ratios, health and safety practices, facilities and premises, and governance, management and administration requirements.

Little Ladybugs is a subsidiary of Kids at Home, a homebased childcare and nanny service successfully operating since 2002. Paula Lovegrove, director of Kids at Home, says “we are really excited to be able to offer the children and families in our local community this fantastic opportunity to get involved in an early childhood care and education setting that is sensitive to the needs of its community. We’re working alongside a number of community agencies who are referring families to us, and families can also come to us direct.”

Families who are interested in joining Little Ladybugs are advised to call in during work hours to view the centre or call (07) 858 3038.

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