Frequently asked questions for Parents

Frequently asked Questions for Parents

Listed below is a selection of the most Frequently Asked Questions by parents looking to enroll their children or by people who are considering becoming a home-based Educator with A Kidz World. If you find that your questions are not answered on this page, please feel free to contact us by making an online enquiry or by calling us on our free phone: 0800 543 996.

What is A Kidz World Homebased Childcare?
A Kidz World is a privately owned Early Childhood Homebased Education and Childcare Service, licensed with the Ministry of Education.  A Kidz World has been operating in the Greater Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty since February 2002.  
What is Homebased Childcare?
Homebased Childcare enables pre-school children to be educated and cared for in the homes of carefully selected Educators.  It is aimed at those who need childcare in an environment that isn’t far away from the environment your child experiences at home.  Parents want an alternative to childcare centres, and A Kidz World has a ratio of one adult to four children.
 
Who are the Educators?
A Kidz World Educators range from trained early childhood Educators, nurses and teachers, to people willing to have ‘on the job’ training. All Educators hold a current First Aid Certificate.  Courses are arranged through our sourced Training Provider at no cost to the Educator.  All training is offered to maximize your ability to provide Quality Education and Care to the children in your home. Training evenings are organized through A Kidz World and Educators are required to attend.  Educators can attend community based courses for Professional Development Training in ECE and a level 4 course is available through The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
 
How do Educators get selected?
Educators need to demonstrate an excellent command of both written and verbal English, a warm caring personality, experience with children and an awareness of their individual needs.  Their homes must comply with the Ministry of Education’s (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 and Licensing Criteria for Home-Based Education and Care Services 2008, which requires that each home must have a fenced outdoor area for children to play in and provide a smoke-free, safe, secure and stimulating environment both inside and outside the home.  Prospective Educators are required to provide three personal references and a doctor’s reference and all adults over 17 years living in the home are required to have police checks.
 
How many hours do I have to work if I want to become an Educator?
A Kidz World can arrange childcare Monday – Friday 5am – 12 midnight for parents.  Our hours are very flexible but, an Educator with A Kidz World requires a minimum of six hours per week.  Should you like to take time off during the year, you are required to give parents and A Kidz World two weeks’ notice to enable emergency care to be found for the children in your care.
 
What documentation is expected of Educators?
Educators are required to complete all administration tasks required by A Kidz World i.e.: write daily /weekly learning, events and experiences in children’s Portfolios. Complete and send weekly timesheets to A Kidz World.  Educators are to work with the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum-Te Whâriki.  To work closely with their parents and develop relationships that benefits the children.
 
What support do Educators get?
Every Educator has a Co-coordinator who is a qualified registered Early Childhood teacher, who visits a minimum of once a month and provides them with all resources necessary to care for and educate the children in their care. All our Educators have access to the A Kidz World FREE extensive toy library via their Co-coordinator.
 
Do Educators pay tax?
Yes.  A contractor tax code is in common with other Homebased Childcare Services throughout the country.  A Kidz World Homebased Education and Childcare Educators are not employees of A Kidz World.  Therefore Educators are responsible for any income tax liability reimbursements less their costs incurred in providing that care. This may be either the actual costs, for which full records must be kept, or the “Standard Cost of Care” as set out in IRD’s Determination DET09-02, which cover expenses for wear and tear on your home, equipment / resources heating and items required by the Ministry’s Regulation Order.  Educators are advised to put aside at least $5 of every $100 received to meet their tax liability. Educators are also responsible for any ACC levies on their income. Contracted Educators can set their own rate and establish their own hours.
 
What happens if A Kidz World receives complaints regarding Educators?
If a complaint is received by A Kidz World about an Educator, the complaint will be investigated with support and if the complaint is upheld the Educator will not be not entitled to be paid for the two week notice period.

What are the enrollment options?
Fixed enrolled/booked hours: Set days and hours permanently booked
Roster: Hours and days vary from week to week
Casual: On the day bookings

What days and hours are A Kidz World open?
A Kidz World is open Monday – Friday 5am – 12 midnight. Overnight and weekend care can be arranged under a private arrangement between the Educator and parents.

How much will it cost?
The hourly rate is negotiated between the parent/guardian and Educator and starts at $5 per hour. WINZ subsidies are available to eligible families through WINZ.  Most Educators charge a holding fee if you go on Holiday, this will be itemised on your Independent contract.

How many children are there in each Educators home?
There are no more than 4 children at each Educators home, ratios are 1 adult to 4 children and can be made up of 2 children under 2yrs and 2 children over 2 years or 4 children over 4 years old.

What happens when my Educator is sick?
Alternative childcare arrangements are organised by the parent/guardian and Educator.  A Kidz World endeavors to organise emergency care with other approved Educators in the area at short notice, but it pays for parents to have a backup plan in advance.

What do I send my child with each day?
- A packed lunch box with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and bottles depending on the hours they are with their Educator.
- Enough nappies for the duration of each day, plus any creams you are using.
- Enough spare clothes for when play and work gets them wet or dirty.
- Bed linen - however some Educators provide linen, it is decided on between the families and Educator.

How will I know what my child is learning?
Evidence is documented in each child’s portfolio, which is available for you to view and discuss at any time. Family contribution on a regular basis is encouraged.

Who decides which Educator the children go to?
Parents are provided with all available Educators; parents meet each of them and decide who their preference is. When both Educators and Parents are happy, an enrolment can be completed
 

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