Why Home-based Childcare?

Why Home-based Childcare?

Click below to find out why home-based childcare maybe the right fit for your child and how international research findings support this option

The benefits of home-based child care

Do children feel more comfortable in day-care centres or in home-based environments?

Investing in home-based care is beneficial for the child. Research by Leiden education specialists led by Professor Rien van Ijzendoorn shows that home-based childcare has a number of advantages over daycare centres:

The children have a higher level of wellbeing
The carers are more sensitive
There is less noise
The quality of childcare can play a significant role in promoting wellbeing and reducing the stress levels of young children. This research therefore also examined the quality of the childcare. The study covered a number of structural characteristics (such as group size), process quality (for example, language stimulation), the sensitivity of the carers (the extent to which they responded adequately to signals from the child), and the quality of the physical environment (in particular the noise).

Wellbeing

The study was conducted among 116 children aged between 1½ and 3½ years of age in 26 daycare centres and 55 home-based environments spread throughout the Netherlands. The wellbeing of the children is the degree to which they felt safe and relaxed, and enjoy the activities in which they were involved. The wellbeing of the children, the sensitivity of the carers and the quality of the care were observed during visits to the daycare centres and the home-based environments. The stress levels of children are determined by the hormone ‘cortisol’. The production of cortisol follows a 24-hour rhythm, whereby cortisol levels should reduce over the course of the day. Cortisol levels were measured at the daycare centres and at home, so that a comparison could be made.

Low Child / Adult Ratio

A low child/adult ratio enables home educators to adjust the care and education to meet the individual needs, routines and interests of each child. Our ratios are set by the Ministry of Education and our educators will only care for up to four children under six years, only two of which can be under two years. This is significantly lower than most centre-based services which can have as many as five children under two years per adult and 10-15 children over two years.

Building secure attachments

Research has long established the importance of children forming secure relationships with the people in their lives during their early years. These relationships form the foundation for attitudes and behaviour in relationships later on. Home-based early childhood education usually involves the same educator consistently caring for the child, therefore developing a warm and predictable relationship.

Flexibility

Home-based care generally provides more flexibility for parents as the hours and fees are negotiated directly with the family’s educator. We are a licensed 24/7 Auckland childcare provider meaning that parents do not have to try to fit their schedules into the strict opening hours of a centre.

Less Stress

In home-based care children’s routines and needs are able to be met quickly and responsively, helping children to feel cared for. Lower numbers of children ensure  caregivers are able to be responsive to child’s need for activity or quiet time based on what is needed by the child on the day. Although stimulation is important, research shows that the appropriate type and quality of stimulation is more important.

Group Size

As expected, considerable differences were observed in home-based childcare and day-care centres in terms of group size and the relationship between the number of carers and the number of children. In home-based care, there were on average three children to one carer; in the day-care centres there were on average eleven children to two childcare staff.

Noise

In a home-based setting noise is able to be carefully monitored and restricted. This is particularly relevant to infants or children who might struggle with busier or louder environments.