Changing faces: Home from Home Childcare

Changing faces: Home from Home Childcare

Anna and Colin Chan
Anna and Colin Chan, new owners of Home from Home Childcare, are offering the same in-home childcare service but with a cherry on top – a brand new option of home-based Montessori childcare, to be introduced in the New Year.

Husband and wife team Anna and Colin have been running Montessori childcare centres (they currently have four) for 16 years.

They are excited to be able to offer Coast parents a choice between mainstream educarers or those with Montessori training – something that they say is groundbreaking.

“We are writing a whole new Montessori curriculum, because there is no home-based Montessori at present,” Anna says.

The Montessori educational philosophy is child-centred and based around the motto “help me to do it myself”. Colin says it fosters independence, a love of learning and practical life skills.

Anna says it’s important to note that home-based childcare is not “baby sitting”, but offers a genuine educational service of real value to families. She says this is why education at home is the fastest growing sector in early childhood education in New Zealand.

Home from Home’s team of educarers look after up to four children in their own homes, and visiting teacher Wisia Gaul provides support as well as matching parents with the right educarer. Home from Home has a quality licence, which means all its educarers have some kind of formal training.

Colin and Anna are creating a base in a highly visible location at 667 Whangaparaoa Road, where educarers can bring children and new enquiries can be made. The centre has a homely feel with a toy library and play area.
Training workshops will be held there and there are plans for playgroups and coffee groups for new mothers in future.

Colin says they want to work with local Montessori centres as that part of the service develops and that they hope to make contact with local families from a wide range of cultures.
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