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Home-based early childhood education (ECE) is provided in a home setting rather than a centre. 

ECE Home-base kids playing

An educator provides education and care for up to four children aged from birth to five years.  The educator is not required to hold a qualification. 

The educator’s work is supervised by a co-ordinator, 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 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.

The number of home-based providers grew from 183 services in 2000 to 472 in 2016, a 158% increase.  This makes home-based ECE the most rapidly growing type of early childhood education.