We want to give you up to $1,200 cash
If you are currently working as an in-home Educator,
and join us at Dream, we will give you cash
($5 per child funded hour) for every child you enrol
onto the Dream Education Programme
*T’s and C’s apply
Why Join Dream?
- Daily opportunities to mix with other Educators and children at playgroups, gym sessions and nature outings
- Ongoing professional development opportunities provided to you to continue your career development
- Regular social events for Educators to meet with other local Dream Educators
- We are New Zealand’s Premium Agency
Introducing Jayne Mallin
Your local, qualified Visiting Teacher who will support you every step of the way
Kia ora, I am your Dream Visiting Teacher.
My first real job was as a live-in Nanny in my home town in the UK. I went on to become a legal secretary then, when I stopped work to have my son, I spent several years running my own secretarial services company before heading to New Zealand where I decided I would like to become a teacher.
I graduated in 2001 and got my first teaching job in Porirua 6 months later. After working as a New Entrant teacher for 5 years, I took on some long-term relieving positions and Head Teacher/Management roles in kindergarten and day-care centres. In 2009, I became a Visiting Teacher for a Home-Based service and realised this is where I belonged.
In 2014 Dream Au Pair found me and it was the beginning of the best job I have ever had. Supporting families, Nannies, Au Pairs, Educators and visiting the children each month enables me to share my knowledge and experience as well as having fun.
In my spare time, I make greetings cards and ride motorbikes with my partner and spend time hanging out with my two beautiful grandchildren.
Bachelor of Education Teaching – Early Years (0-8)
Full Teachers Registration – #236241
First Aid Certificate
“I love the support and look forward to Jayne’s visits. It is great having her tell me what a good job I am doing and it gives me confidence in what I do. Dream has great support with educating the children as well as lots of opportunities to meet other Educators, Nanny’s and Au Pairs.”
The Dream Education Programme
- Funded by the Ministry of Education, the programme weaves together the principles and strands of Te Whāriki to create a holistic, tamariki-centred local curriculum to suit your little ones. A monthly visit from one of our qualified and registered Visiting Teachers, and regular activities are just a couple of ways we make this happen.
- The programme is designed to keep learning fun and can be adapted to your whānau’s needs as we believe your home and local community are an integral part of your little one’s development.
Dream Wellington License | Comments from the Education Review Office
Children’s health and safety is a priority for the service. The development of close partnerships with parents is a priority and good communication is evident. Children are actively engaged in educational activities and encouraged to be involved in outdoor play. Quality assessment and planning is evident and responsive to children’s needs and interests.
“Jayne is superb at building relationships with Nannies, Educators, Au Pairs and Families.
She uses her initiative and is always looking for better ways to do things. She is a great Visiting Teacher.“
Your Visiting Teacher will discuss this with you in more detail. When you have children start in your care, you will find in your Educator folder Parent Payment forms where you will need to document, each week, and the payments you receive from parents. ACC is not required to be paid until you submit your first tax return.
You will need to complete your Parent Payment forms each week and give these to your Visiting Teacher to allow our office to process them for you. You will need to phone IRD and request an IR3 form.
Dream Educator makes the reimbursements to you each fortnight. This is paid on a Thursday night, available for you on Friday morning. You will need to negotiate with parents the day they will be paying their part payment. This goes directly to you.
You are deemed self-employed so if you would like to have holiday, it is your choice. You will need to give your parents a minimum of two weeks’ notice. Alternative arrangements can be made for the children to be placed with an alternative Educator during this time. Parents are not liable for payment and you will not receive the WINZ and ECE payments while you are unavailable to work.
You will need to explain to the parent that lateness is not tolerated and you may apply a late fee for the time incurred. The enrolled hours are what you are paid/reimbursed for and so collection of a late fee is up to the individual Educator.
If a parent is early, explain to them that you cannot have the child in your care until the agreed time, unless they would like to pay you for it.
When a child is sick and absent, the parent is still required to pay the Educator the agreed amount. The parent needs to let the Educator know prior to the agreed start time that they are absent for the day and the reason why.
This will need to be discussed with the parents and also the Visiting Teacher. It can also happen the other way, where the child refuses to sleep although the parents have requested it. Discussion about a plan will need to be in consultation with the parents, until a suitable outcome is reached.
Educators are instructed to phone for 111 help immediately followed by a call to your Visiting Teacher.
Sometimes this can be done but it is the Educators responsibility to start making advances to either a license or the purchase of a car.
No. If however it is a permanent change of hours then a ‘yellow permanent change of hours form’ needs to be completed. If you are unsure of anything you just need to call your Visiting Teacher who will guide you in what to do.
Parents will apply for 20 ECE at the time of enrolment. All 3 and 4 year old are entitled to this, along with children who are 5 years old and not enrolled in school. Ask your Visiting Teacher about this.
Dream Educator will reimburse you at $5.00 per hour for 20 ECE hours up to 6 hours a day and a total of 20 hours per week.
Contact your Visiting Teacher and let them know. There are ways we can help with this, but you need to be able to approach the parent and ask for payment. You will have an agreed day they are to pay and you can stand down care until the payment it made.
Generally Educators charge between $4 and $10 per hour. The differences are about what the Educator can offer. Pick up and drop offs may be charged at a higher rate, providing food or specialist training in an area can also incur a higher rate. Under two year olds are sometimes charged at a higher rate as are small hours of enrolment. You can base it on the unique learning environment you provide and market rates for care in the region where it is being provided.
Word of mouth is the best way to advertise yourself. Ask around who has children at home, ask your friends, family, or strangers at the supermarket!
Yes, you just need to let your Visiting Teacher know you would like this and we can arrange to have some marketing material printed for you.
We can provide you with some advertising material. Please speak to your Visiting Teacher about this.
You can, but we suggest that you say in your ad that you are an Educator with Dream Educator.
Yes. Dream Educator can provide you with personalised marketing material. It will not display your private phone number rather it will have the Dream Educator number but callers will be able to ask for you by name.
You will need to teach the children how to behave with the resources. You can discuss this further with Visiting Teacher.
You can’t rely on your Visiting Teacher to ‘find’ you children to enrol. You must accept some responsibility to do this on your own accord. Dream Educator does masses of marketing and it can take time for an interested parent to ring into the office.
All homes need to be audited in order for you to become an Educator. You have other people’s children in your care and anything that could harm a child will need to be removed or secured in a fashion where it no longer poses a risk.
WINZ can take up to 6 weeks to start and so we strongly recommend you ask for full payment from parents until it does. The parents can either be reimbursed for the payments or go into credit with you.
You can have up to 4 children at one time but no more than 2 less than two years old. Your Visiting Teacher will let you know how many children your home can be licensed for when they do the Health and Safety Audit on your home.
Yes. This is Ministry of Education requirement and you will be discharged from Dream Educator if you have children in care and do not hold a current first aid certificate.
Yes, but you will not be entitled to claim for the non-taxable allowance through IRD. You will need to discuss this with your Visiting Teacher.
You can only be paid what WINZ or ECE hours the child is enrolled for. If you think your payment is wrong, ring the office and enquire or wait until you get the breakdown of reimbursement at the end of the week.
PD nights are planned throughout the year. You will receive notice of the event in your area.
This is a cost that you cover as part of your non-taxable allowance. The non-taxable allowance is a part of your hourly income that is not taxed by IRD to cover your purchases such as art and craft materials. However, Dream Educator do supply some art and craft materials.
Ensure that when you have a new child commencing care that you ask your Visiting Teacher for either a Health, Well Being & Communication Booklet or Portfolio book for the child.
Dream Educator management does not answer the phone. When you ring in, you will be in contact with the staff who can help you with any issues you may have. Management are often in meetings and/or in different parts of the country and so you can expect delays when waiting for a phone call to be returned.
Dream Educator is a fun place to set up your own Home-Based Care Service that has regular support and guidance. It’s important to remember that you can make your own decisions (in line with our philosophy, regulations and procedures) about how you are going to operate.
What area are you in? We can try to be whenever you are!
This is a Ministry of Education requirement. Any person at any school, crèche, kindergarten, Te Kohanga Reo, from the cleaner to the cook, has to be police vetted. It is only ever Dream Educator management that read the returned police check form.
Yes! And your Visiting Teacher will let you know when and where these sessions will be.
As an Educator with Dream Educator you will receive earnings for childcare services undertaken in your home. It may seem a bit unusual to use this phrase but Dream Educator do not ‘pay’ you as you are deemed self-employed and not an employee of Dream Educator.
Yes. Ask your Visiting Teacher for resources that you are wanting. If we can help with the request, we will.
Our vision is to “make family life easier” and we do this every day by going above and beyond expectations. We are privately owned with a team of loyal, long standing staff who genuinely care about you.
Our team have been providing quality home based childcare options to Kiwi Families for over 15 years and we will work with you to create in home childcare solutions based on the ages and stages of the children you care for.
DREAM Childcare is New Zealand’s one stop shop for all home-based childcare solutions. We match Au Pairs, Nannies and in-home Educators with Kiwi Families.
Dream Au Pair, Dream Educator and Dream Nanny (trading as KiwiOz Nannies)
Making family life easier.