Purpose built education and care services, which focus on play-based learning for children aged zero-five

Childcare services in Stratford District


In Stratford District we have 12 Childcare services


The average cost is $4.99 hourly, $49.88 daily (10 hours)


The average Education Review Office Rating (ERO) is Well placed/He pai te tūnga.

Child Care Articles & Tips

What types of child care are there?

An overview of the different child care services available to families, including centre based care and in-home care options, and how families can access them.

An overview of education and care centres

Everything you need to know about long day care centres, including what they do, how much they cost, how to spot a good one and how to get a spot.

Early childhood education service checklist

A printable child care centre checklist which makes it quicker and easier for families to choose the right child care service for their kids.

How do I choose an early childhood education service?

There are many great reasons for your child to attend ECE but the big question is – which service is the right fit for your family?

How to help your child successfully settle in to child care

Being the new kid on the block can be a daunting experience for young children. To help your tyke get off to a great start, here are some ways to prepare them for life at care.

How to manage issues with your child care service

Stress free strategies for quickly and effectively managing issues with your child care service using openness, positive communication and a problem solving approach.

Overview on teacher-led vs parent or Whānau-led child care

In teacher-led services, paid staff have the main responsibility for children’s care and education.

The value of visiting child care services

Visiting child care centres offers valuable insights and opportunities to ask questions, which makes it easier to decide which service is right for your family.

What are the features of a high-quality early childhood education service?

9 ways to identify a high-quality early education service and how to choose the best service for your child and family.

What outcomes to expect from early childhood education

How ECE services and kohanga reo build the skills, knowledge and confidence children need to become lifelong learners.


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