Why join the Nature’s Den family?

  • No signup fees!

  • Free resources to keep for your educational kit.

  • Free marketing material to promote yourself within the community.

  • Free ongoing Professional Development.

  • Free First Aid Certificate training, including free first aid kit to keep in your home.

  • Enjoy the flexibility of setting your own hours and days.

  • Planned regular excursions, including monthly fuel allowance.

  • Access to extensive toy and resource library.

  • Weekly play groups and music groups.

  • Nursery equipment available to borrow such as portacots, highchairs, etc.

  • Payroll support, with family payments and calculations provided for your annual tax benefits.

  • Monthly Newsletters keeping you up to date with news and events, and access to our closed Facebook page dedicated to your community.

  • When you refer either an Educator or family to Nature’s Den, you receive a $50 grocery or petrol voucher (conditions apply).


If you would like to meet with us to discuss becoming an Educator for a professional, supportive and Ministry of Education approved early childhood service, we would love to meet with you in your home at a time convenient to you.

Our Co-Ordinators:

  • Are registered and hold at least a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.

  • Will contact each educator at least once per fortnight and make planned visits to each educator’s home at least once per month.

  • Will take all reasonable steps each month to observe each child participating in the service while that child is receiving education and care.

What to Expect on Your Co-Ordinator’s Visit:


Our co-ordinators are there to support you in your work with children. Their role is to:

  • Provide you with advice and guidance on how to always meet the Ministry of Education Licensing Criteria.

  • Provide you with advice and guidance on how to document children’s learning. They will read through the children’s journals with you and the children on their visits. They will sign and date these journals.

  • On their visits they will interact with both the educator and the children. They may observe the children as you work with them and write up a learning story for the children’s journals.

  • Share up-to-date information about the service, trips, new regulations, etc.


Your Co-Ordinator has a very diverse role, with their ultimate goal being to ensure that:

  • Every educator, child and family feels respected and valued.

  • Children’s needs are being met.

  • Nature’s Den provides quality care and education for all.

  • Nature’s Den abides by the Ministry of Education Licensing Criteria.



What are the requirements for becoming an educator?

You will need to have a heart for children’s education and care by sharing the same aspirations as Nature’s Den. You will need the following:

  • New Zealand Citizenship or hold a Working Holiday Visa

  • Current First Aid Certificate (we offer free training)

  • Willing to complete a Level 4 Early Childhood Education & Care Certificate once the Government regulations take place requiring educators to have this (this is entirely free, and you can complete it in the comfort of your own home)


My backyard is fully fenced but my front yard is open to the road. Will I still meet the requirements?

Yes, as long as you have a fenced area large enough for children play and run in. You will have to keep children safe from accessing the front yard.

Who will supply the nappies and food each day for the children?

The parents.

Who will supply the cot/bed, highchair and pushchair for the children?

We happily lend you all this equipment needed. The parents will supply you with a car seat.

How much can I earn?

At Nature’s Den, you get to enjoy the flexibility of naming your own rate. We are happy to support you with an estimate that is based on your experience, location, etc. if you wish. Educators usually earn between $6-10 an hour in today’s market.

How much tax do I have to pay?

Another benefit of working from home – your tax is minimal. We can help you work out your estimated tax depending on what you will be earning. For example, an educator who earned $22,000 per year only paid $94.00 for the whole year, and an educator who earned $16,000 paid no tax at all.

Does the child’s family pay me directly?


Who supplies the resources?

We believe the best resource for children is the natural world itself. However, we do have a book/resource library that you are able to take advantage of. We are happy to contribute to your art supplies, e.g. paints, paper, glue, pencils, crayons etc.

Who pays for any outings such as playgroups, music groups, zoo trips, museum trips, etc.?

We do. We also give you fuel reimbursements as outings are a major part of our programme.

What support will I receive?

You will be well-supported by a registered and qualified coordinator, who will visit once a fortnight until you are comfortable in your new role, then will make monthly visits. They are also available via phone and email if you have any questions or need guidance. We will also provide ongoing opportunities to build your confidence, such as professional development courses.