If you’re thinking about setting up a Childcare Centre (or maybe you already run one), there’s a lot to think about. There’s site discovery, resource consent, architectural design. Then there’s finance, insurance and software. And what about the centre itself, with flooring, acoustics, furniture, playscapes and teaching resources. This list goes on and on.
If only there was an easier way to bring all these essential products and services together. The good news is, there is. And it’s already been done for you.
Introducing Childcare Hub
Childcare Hub is a brand-new, unique concept that offers all the essential products and services to the childcare sector right across the country. Childcare Hub comprises a group of 16 specialist companies dedicated to the needs of childcare providers. Their aim? To help create the very best childcare centres in New Zealand.
Who’s in the Childcare Hub?
LifeStyle Architectural Services – Childcare Design & Consenting
Lifestyle has developed a specialist niche in the Childcare sector, and are one of New Zealand’s leading childcare centre specialists with hundreds of centres completed and licenced. It’s most likely that Lifestyle has designed more childcare centres than any other architectural company in New Zealand and, hence, enjoys an excellent reputation within the sector.
Asona is a specialist manufacturer, distributor and installer of acoustical and specialty decorative ceiling and wall finishes for the commercial interior and educational construction markets. Asona believes that getting the interior acoustic ‘feeling’ right is a key ingredient of all good design. They have a proven track-record in delivering practical, effective acoustic solutions.
Rubiix has developed an accounting service package exclusively for ECE providers. This system is designed to improve the performance of childcare centres by giving operators more time to focus on core business, better information for decision-making and improved compliance with ECE and IRD requirements.
Apex Air specialises in the design, installation, service and maintenance of commercial HVAC (Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Systems. They have built a solid reputation for completing complex jobs and doing them to the highest standard.
More than nine years ago, Astute Education began consulting work with a focus on
the early childhood sector. Today, they have a solid track-record of improving early childhood services, providing robust analysis, and creating a range of diverse practical solutions in all aspects of the business of Early Childhood Education.
Every educaid are New Zealand’s oldest and largest educational resource provider to preschools and schools, and are now supplying a third generation of New Zealand children. They specialise in resourcing new early childhood centres and with thousands of world-leading resources, with hands-on learning at the heart of their business.
Boundaryline provide fencing and gate solutions for childcare projects across New Zealand. Their wide range of modular systems, combined with the ability to provide customised systems, enables Boundaryline to provide one-stop solutions within required time-frames and project budgets.
NZ Childcare Finance is the only New Zealand finance company that specialises exclusively in the early childhood sector. They can help owners access bulk funding payment when they most need it. The founders have owned and operated seven centres of their own. Because they believe so much in the importance of childcare, they have chosen to only help fund childcare operators.
Jacobsen has one of the widest selections of flooring products available in New Zealand so you can fulfil all your Childcare Centre flooring needs in one place. Jacobsen also supply exterior cladding material.
Employsure provides customised expert advice, documentation and solutions across employment relations and health and safety, packaged for small and medium-sized business (SMEs) that are ideal for Childcare Centres, so operators can focus on running their businesses.
LSG: Learning Spaces Global
LSG designs and manufactures practical, robust, beautiful furniture for learning environments. Their industry-leading furniture designs are made from natural timber to create a calm, warm and inviting atmosphere in childhood for the best learning experience.
Advice4Life is an independent financial service business that deals with all the major insurers and lenders to ensure our clients get the best policy at the best price. They are specialists in commercial liability, building, tools and equipment, and commercial and business lending. They ensure clients get the best outcome and service at claim time.
Infocare Childcare Management Software
Infocare is a state-of-the-art software system purpose-designed specifically for New Zealand childcare, day care, and kindergarten centres. It gives operators facilities for recording bookings, health details, timetables and all administration surrounding Government funding requirements and Ministry of Education statistics.
Right Hand Man
Right Hand Man is a marketing agency that provides support specifically tailored to suit the needs of smaller-sized business and aligned to the unique goals of the business owner. They help small businesses make smart marketing decisions with their smaller budgets, find out what makes a business different and market that advantage to increase a centre’s bottom line.
Playscape creates exciting play environments in which kids feel safe and where they can imagine, explore and discover. They specialise in play settings that evoke a sense of New Zealand's natural, wild beauty, allowing integrated teaching and learning opportunities. They integrate safe and stimulating play features within green spaces, while sustaining an easy-care, clean and visually appealing environment.
Tiger Turf New Zealand provides synthetic turf surfaces that are the ideal for Childcare Centre playgrounds. Our colourful turfs encourage children to grow socially, emotionally and physically as they play. With Tiger Turf, you can customise your turf colours, lay over existing surfaces and Install a turf that is useable all year round and that requires virtually no maintenance. With shock-absorbing underlay, Tiger Turf helps make play safer, too.
How to contact Childcare Hub
So there you have it. All the products and services a childcare centre owner/operator needs or those interested in accessing the services of Childcare Hub, hub members are easily reached on 0800 323 482.