Childsplay Homebased Education Service is an independent, locally owned business supporting the South Canterbury area with quality education and care for preschool children.

Using Te Whariki – the Early Childhood Curriculum and the guiding principles of Emmi Pikler and her theories of free and uninterrupted play and use of caregiving routines as opportunities for learning, Childsplay offers you and your child an early childhood education where your child is encouraged and supported to grow and learn as a unique individual.

Educators offer the children in their care many opportunities to develop their passions and interests through experiences such as story telling, baking, painting, messy play, playdough and music – just to name a few.  Children in homebased 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.

We are licensed and funded by the Ministry of Education.  Our license can be viewed at the home of the Educator and also at the office of Management and Visiting Teachers

The funding we receive from the Ministry of Education is used to pay Visiting Teacher wages, purchase resources, professional development for Visiting Teachers and Educators, and supporting families and Educators.  We have the annual financial reports available for viewing on request.

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. 

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 tatoa (all).

We work from the heart to create loving, empathetic and respectful home environments.

We stay small and local so strong personal relationships can flourish.

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