Home based childcare is a great alternative to a "centre based" approach to childcare. It is based on children being cared for at an educator's home which is safe, secure and with a maximum of three other children.
We accept the evidence from numerous studies that Home Based childcare produces tamariki who are better adjusted and ready for their next stage in life than those who have been educated in large group environment.
By keeping the ratio of educator to tamariki to a maximum of four, their relationship building skills are well developed and their learning in all aspects of life is maximised.
Ahi Kaa Educators are all vetted, security checked and supported to provide safe, secure and nurturing environments in which to educate our tamariki.
Ahi Kaa believes that a child that understands how to value and build strong healthy relationships will do very well in life. The concept of whanaungatanga is core to our education system and we believe it sets us apart from other centre based education approaches
Ahi Kaa’s guiding principles are:
Whanaungatanga - building quality relationships
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Learning through experience and providing opportunity to children who might otherwise be left out.
Ahi Kaa recognises there is a creator and we are his creation. We have a whaka whanaungatanga with Him. The Proverb 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it” is a key guiding principle of Ahi Kaa and part of the organisation’s whakaaro.