Childsplay Homebased Education Service is an independent, locally owned business supporting the South Canterbury area with quality education and care for preschool children.   We are licensed and funded by the Ministry of Education and use Te Whariki: Early Childhood Curriculum as a tool for supporting the learning of each individual child within our service.

Licensed and funded by the Ministry of Education, Childsplay Homebased aim is to offer a service which recognises and celebrates the partnership of parent, Educator and child to ensure that children will grow up as competent, confident learners and communicators. Childsplay Homebased Education Service is committed to the education, health and wellbeing of New Zealand families and would love to help support any family big or small.

Childsplay Homebased Education Service believes that:

Children will experience the simple things in life—time to fully explore their place in the world with an adult who is inspired to learn with and alongside them. 

Kotahitanga (unity, cohesiveness, working/thinking as one): We believe that through working together children have the opportunity and space to learn things for themselves, through natural biological urges.  We create a fun, happy and play focused learning environment for tātau (all).

Whanaunatanga (a sense of family relationships, connectedness to others and the group): We stay small and local so strong personal relationships can flourish.

Manaakitanga (through this, one’s own and other’s mana is encouraged and bought to the fore):  We work from the heart to create loving, empathetic and respectful home environments.

Kaitiakitanga (guardianship of culture, environment and people. Nurturing, watching over and protecting)We recognize the unique heritage and culture of Aotearoa.  We are committed to ensuring our tamariki know who they are and how they fit in this world.


Childsplay Homebased Education Services offers FREE 20 ECE hours to all 3 and 4 year olds

Educators offer the children in their care many educational opportunities with activities such as story telling, baking, painting, messy play, playdough and music to expand their learning experiences. Children in a home based care have the added bonus of using the community as a resource for their learning, the small group allows for outings to happen on a regular basis. This may be as simple as the weekly shopping or a trip to the library.