Little Magpies

Home Based Childcare

We believe that primary caregiving and continuity of care, for under 3 year olds’ is best for any child.

Our lovely educarers form safe and secure relationships with the children in their care ensuring the same routines as home. Children who attend Little Magpies Home Based Childcare are encouraged to become independent, self-confident and resilient, developing knowledge and skills that will assist them in their life-long learning journey.

Our educarers offer a relaxed home environment with fun, educational learning opportunities and encourage families to share their aspirations, cultural identity, values and beliefs.

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  • We Offer
    • Flexible hours to suit your family
    • Supportive qualified and fully certificated Visiting Teachers
    • Fun learning opportunities for children
    • Playgroups and outings in the Community
    • Supportive Childcare Consultant who helps to match families with educarers
    • Caring, supportive qualified Educarers
    • Winz subsidies for those families who are eligible
    • ECE subsidies for those families who have children over 3 years of age
  • Our Values, Learning Priorities, Vision & Local Curriculum

    We feel these values, and learning priorities, are important for your child to experience while at Little Magpies (click here)

  • Our Philosophy

    Our Philosophy (click here)

  • Educarer’s Testimonial


    This epitomises everything I know and love about my job. The relationships with Visiting teachers, the office team are so pleasant to talk on the phone, the responsiveness of everyone. If I need anything, have a question or need, it’s no problem for anyone to jump about until it’s sorted. I think it’s important that educarers feel this way, it’s the first thing I tell my families: ‘any queries, just call the office they will bend over backwards to help you as quick as possible’


    I love nothing more than seeing educarers online promoting themselves. I hit that like button and put forward my praise for that person (even those I don’t know particularly well) and I see others doing it for Little Magpies too. There are no other educarers I see on other networks getting support from fellow workers. I see it as; we all like each other. I think it looks fantastic that we support each other and sell us as more of a community than company.

    Favourite Quote:

    “Little Magpies a beautiful local provider, owned by local people, small enough to care, big enough to make it happen’. We aren’t in the business of big flashy websites, we are in the business of people. Natasha – Little Magpies Home Based Childcare Educarer

  • Education Review Office (ERO)

    ” Visiting Teachers support educarers to provide a high quality programme, underpinned by Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Educarers offer a wide range of learning experiences within the home environment and community, to support and extend children’s interests. They encourage children’s input into and enjoyment of the learning process. Children’s engagement and participation in the programme is well captured through a range of documentation.

    Visiting Teachers provide comprehensive support to educarers to undertake assessment, planning and evaluation. They model best practice through regular visits, playgroups and special events. This successfully contributes to responsive teaching and positive outcomes for children. There is a focus on supporting educarers understanding of and capability for working with Te Whāriki. ”


  • Procedures

    We have procedures and processes in place which guide us in the delivery of professional, consistent, safe and appropriate practice. Our educarers have a hard copy of our procedures or alternatively you can contact for a copy to be emailed to you.

    We review our procedures annually and share these with our families for their input, via email.

  • Would you like to become a Home Based Educarer?

    We are looking for educarers who have a level 3 or higher qualification to join our small team. Alternatively, if you are not qualified but keen to join a small, supportive company to help you gain the level 4 qualification we would love to hear from you.

    We have amazing dedicated Visiting Teachers who are qualified and fully certificated. They provide support and encouragement to our educarers, children and their families. Our childcare consultant supports our educarers, and families, with family/educarer matching and administration paperwork.

    Our small group of educarers  are welcoming, caring and nurturing. They provide children in their care with the opportunity to belong to a small family group, which is flexible to each individual child’s needs.

    We provide our Educarers:

    • FREE Little Magpies weekly playgroups and music groups, outings in the community
    • FREE Professional development courses, or subsidised
    • Discounted Aquarium and Toy Library passes
    • FREE First Aid course
    • FREE online resource for documenting childrens learning
    • FREE profile books for documenting childrens learning and for children to revisit their learning

    We would love to hear from you if you think Little Magpies could suit you.

    Please feel welcome to ring, or drop a line to:

    Annie Gower – Childcare Consultant
    phone: 06 877 5261 or email:

  • Contact Home Based Office

    Annie Gower – Childcare Consultant
    Phone: 06 877 5261


    Amanda Cullen – Home Based Manager & Visiting Teacher

    Phone: 06 877 5261


    Rachael Grimwood – Visiting Teacher
    Phone: 06 877 5261


    Lynley Kite – Administration Manager
    Phone: 06 877 5261


    Shane Rooney – Director
    Phone: 06 877 5261

    Our Office hours are 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday

Little Magpies

We offer affordable rates with flexible hours to suit you. Simply fill in the form below to enquire.

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"In partnership with whānau Māori, teachers actively seek out the learning aspirations they have for their tamariki." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

"Children benefit from a well-considered environment that responds to their diverse interests and needs." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

"Kaiako are well supported to take on leadership roles and implement a range of initiatives to improve outcomes for children." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

"Strategic and annual planning provide clear expectations and guidelines for quality teaching practice and curriculum delivery." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

"Individual learning plans support consistent and deliberate teaching strategies to progress children’s learning." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

"Infants and toddlers are well supported in a calm and nurturing environment. A wide range of sensory experiences promotes children's curiosity and exploration." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

"Strong collaborative relationships between teachers, children, parents, and whānau promote a sense of belonging." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

"The service philosophy and vision are highly evident in practice." Little Magpies Childcare Centre

ERO 2020

Would highly recommend Little Magpies Childcare Centre. There's never ending activities and wholesome meals. Thanks for everything.


THANK YOU to the wonderful Centre staff who work over the whole Xmas period. I couldn't ask for anywhere better for my daughter to attend she is so happy and the Centre staff are truely awesome!


Awesome environment for my son, his teachers go well above and beyond. My son and I give a A+++++ rating to the Centre and staff.


Thank you for all of the things you have done for my son over the past few years.  I know that my son takes with him many values and virtues fostered by Little Magpies staff that will support him through the next few years. Many, many thanks.


I am super, super stoked with how easy the whole process has been dealing with Little Magpies Home Based.

Little Magpies

Childcare Centre

Situated in Onekawa, Napier offering full time and part time childcare. At Little Magpies Childcare Centre we value learning! Exploring nature, being creative and having fun are some of the many things that children...

Little Magpies

Home Based Childcare

We believe that primary caregiving and continuity of care, for under 3 year olds' is best for any child. Our lovely educarers form safe and secure relationships with the children in their care ensuring the same routi...

Little Magpies

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you please fill in the form or contact us here. Email: Centre & Home Based Address: 24 Leyland Street, Onekawa, Napier Centre Phone: 06-843 1031  | ...