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Home-based early childhood education (ECE) is provided in a home setting rather than a centre. Around 18,400 New Zealand children attended home-based ECE services in 2017.

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An educator provides education and care for up to four children aged from birth to five years. Educators can include nannies, au pairs, home-based educators, and grandparents or other relatives. The educator is not required to hold a qualification. 

The educator’s work is supervised by a co-ordinator (sometimes known as a visiting teacher), who gives professional oversight and support. The co-ordinator is responsible for overseeing the education and care of up to 50 children. The co-ordinator must be a qualified and registered early learning teacher, with a current practising certificate.

Home-based ECE services are licensed and funded by the Ministry of Education. Children are able to access up to 30 hours of subsidised education and care a week in a home setting.