Pioneers (formerly known as The Dunedin Community Childcare Association) offers home-based care and education across the city.  Pioneers is a high performing organisation, where the board and leaders have a strong vision and commitment to home-based care and education. As a result, parents and caregivers make a deliberate choice to use the home-based care and education services when enrolling their children. The association employs four visiting teachers who oversee the three services. A special feature of the visiting-teacher role is the way they work as a team across the services to help and support educators to build high quality care and education programmes for children

Why Choose the Pioneers?

Children show a strong sense of belonging in the homes of their educators. They have positive relationships with their educators and visiting teachers. Educators provide children with a good range of everyday experiences in the homes. Children’s learning is enhanced by purposeful and regular outings into the community, such as, playgroups, library and museum visits.

Our educators:

Receive a comprehensive induction process

Have support with interviews for potential families

Know children well and are able to build on children’s learning needs and interests

Have very close partnerships with children and their families

Have support and guidance from visiting teachers and participate in on-going professional learning

Regularly attend high quality playgroups, gym and music provided by Pioneers.

Are trained and qualified to meet quality standards

 Complete training through Open Polytechnic (Level 4)

Hold a current First Aid Certificate – training is provided

Meet all Ministry of Education health and safety requirements

Meet all Pioneers policies/procedures

Have the support of the Director and visiting-teacher team, who have established good quality systems for managing the service to ensure that best teaching and learning practices are sustained across the service.