The demand for quality early childcare is growing as more mothers return to the workforce.
Many parents are overwhelmed with choices when it comes to what care and education service best fits their needs.
Grace Drollèt liked that her daughter Ruby-Lee would get a lot of personal attention in home-based care. A PORSE Educator has a maximum of four children in their care and Ruby-Lee flourished in a nurturing environment.
However, when Grace fell pregnant with her second child she started re-assessing what was important in her life – and spending more time with her children was at the top of the list.
After more than ten years working in banking, she decided she wanted to stay at home with her children, so, Grace signed up to become a PORSE Educator herself.
“I was missing out on seeing all of Ruby’s firsts. It was hard seeing her just for story time before bed.”
She now cares for both her children as well as another three-year-old girl.
“There’s nothing like it. Just being able to be there for them, it has really made a difference, to myself and the children.”
Grace and the children spend their days building obstacle courses around the house, making crafts and exploring the Auckland Botanical Gardens.
Children in home-based care benefit from the learning and development that occurs within everyday routines and experiences. Educators can focus on their current interests and use the community to explore these interests and foster natural play.
To get the most out of her career change, Grace signed up to do the Level 3 National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care through PORSE.
“I am backing up what I do every day with a qualification.”
Like all educators, Grace is supported by a fully qualified ECE teacher who assists her to link the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, into her daily programme.
Grace is passionate about introducing her children to other languages and is teaching Ruby-Lee sign language. The children are also being spoken to in Cook Island Māori by their grandparents.
“We incorporate Cook Island Māori and sign language with our daily signing – the children are my driving force to learn and teach them more.”
Grace is just one of our many PORSE educators who offer parents flexible terms and hours of care while providing a secure and familiar environment which encourages children to flourish.