Frequently Asked Questions

What is homebased childcare?

Homebased childcare enables children aged from 0 – 5 to be educated in their own home by a nanny or in the educators home.  This is for parents who want an alternative to putting their children into a daycare centre.  The ratio for nannies/educators is 1 to 4.

How do I find a nanny, educator or au pair?

Contact us about your specific requirements and we will place an advertisement on the Red Robin website.  Our team will work with you to find suitable options, either for a nanny, home based educator or au pair and help you through the recruitment and selection process.  
What are the benefits of the service?

There are many benefits of the Red Robin homebased service, this includes

·     Ministry of Education subsidies available towards the cost of your nanny, educator or au pair

·     Support from our Visiting Teacher on a monthly basis

·     Free resources (art kit/sensory kit)

Free monthly excursions, music groups, art classes and playgroups

What funding is available?

Red Robin’s home based service is fully funded by the Ministry of Education enabling us to provide the following subsidies and ECE funding for 0 - 5 year olds;

Children under the age of 2 - $1.50 per hour
Children aged 2 - $1 per hour
Children aged 3 or 4 - $4.50 per hour for up to 20 hours per week and then $1 per hour for a further 10 hours per week.
WINZ subsidies <>  areavailable for parents who qualify

What do the families (who are hiring a nanny or au pair) need to have in place in regards to health and safety?

The Visiting Teacher will contact you to arrange a time to do a health and safety check around the home.  Here all communal areas and children’s rooms will be checked to make sure they meet the homebased childcare regulations 2008.  The majority of homes will meet the criteria although we may sometimes suggest some changes to layout or management of potential hazards.  This is done in a way that makes the home a safer environment for your child and is of benefit to you all!
What are the expectations of the nanny, educator or au pair?

The nanny, educator or au pair will need to participate in the educational programme.  This includes educational planning for each child (a planning page is filled in alongside the Visiting Teacher), monthly learning stories or written documentation of child/ren’s learning, daily journal to be filled in each working day, timesheets filled in and collected on a monthly basis.  The nanny or educator must have current first aid or undertake training within three months of starting the role.

What if my nanny was recommended to me?

That is no problem at all – we are happy to work with all families, educators and nannies, however they were introduced to each other!  All we need to see is that there is a contract in place, the nanny or educator is working on a long term contract (over 3 months) and is working for around 12 or more hours or week caring for at least one child who is under 5.
What is the catch?

There is none!  This is a terrific service that is offered to you free of charge for the benefit of your child.  You get a great log of your child’s journey through exploration and play during their time in care to look back on and cherish.