Balancing life as a home-based carer
Local early learning centre My Treehut is looking for homebased carers for its Stepping Stones programme.
Stepping Stones provides home-based care and education for children aged three months to five years.
Kirsty Darvil, Stepping Stones founder, says there are many parents in Taupo looking for home-based care for their children, but there aren’t enough carers to meet the demand.
“We’re on the hunt for anyone who is interested in being an educarer. If you have a passion for helping children grow, learn, and create then please get in touch.
“You could be a stay-at-home mum looking for some work which fits in with your lifestyle, or looking to kick-start your career in childcare. No qualifications are needed, just a love for children, a suitable home environment, and a few other simple checks which we’ll go through with you.”
All educarers are mentored by experienced and qualified early childhood teachers who check in with them and the children regularly.
Darvil says a common misconception is that you’re stuck home with the children all day but that’s not the case.
“The carers all meet up for weekly playgroups and music group. We organise regular ‘whole team’ excursions too. The carers all stay in touch with each other and organise play dates. It’s a really supportive team and they interact with each other a lot.” Kirsty Needham has been an educarer for five years. She loves it so much she’s studying early childhood education next year.
Needham says every day is different.
“People ask me how I manage at home with so many children but it’s honestly great. It’s easier than you might think, all the kids settle into their own routine and you get loads of support and interaction from the other carers. We meet up regularly to socialise and share ideas.
“Being an educarer provides a great work-life balance. I love that I can spend time with my own child during the day while helping others learn and grown too.”
■ For more information, call 0800 STEPPING STONES or visit www.mytreehut.co.nz
Educarer Kirsty Needham with some of her young charges at her home.