As a home-based educator I have appreciated the benefits of belonging to the NZ Home-based Early Childhood Education Association.
Among these benefits the Insurance scheme has provided a specific to home-based business cover for my home, contents and vehicle. Public liability cover has given me peace of mind and the health cover is one that, although I haven’t had to make a claim on, I know has provided life-saving surgery for an educator.
I receive regular newsletters from the association informing and updating members of issues and relevant information regarding the early childhood sector at a national level. Every year I prepare my own tax return and using the online tax calculator available to members via the IRD certainly makes the work load easier.
I appreciate the opportunity for further professional development through attending the annual national home-based conference and take advantage of the reduced conference rates that are offered to association members.
At a local level there is also the opportunity for on-going professional development, networking and input into the association by attending regular ward meetings.