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There are 2 sets of Frequently Asked Questions, one is for Educators, and one is for parents/caregivers/families.  If you scroll down you will be able to see the section for parents/caregivers/families.

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What is home based education and care?

Home-based education services provide education and care to children in private homes.

Education and care can take place in a home:

  • Chosen by the children’s parents;
  • Where the children live; or
  • The home of the Educator

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How much will I get paid?

Educator’s payment is $3.50 per hour per child, for up to 6 hours per day, this is called a reimbursement.

The payment does not have any tax because IRD has set the rate for a reimbursement for the things that are used while the child is in your home during education and care, e.g.: power, telephone.

The payment does not affect some people who are on WINZ benefits, so you will continue to get your full benefit and your reimbursement. You can speak to us about whether this affects your benefit or not.

Reimbursements are as follows:

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If I’m eligible, how can I still receive my benefit and get reimbursed? Are you sure I won’t get in trouble?

The Inland Revenue Department(IRD) and the Ministry of Social Development(MSD) have an agreement concerning childcare services provided in a person’s own home. You can find more information about this on IRD’s website:

http://www.ird.govt.nz/technical-tax/determinations/ other/standard-cost/standard-cost-childcare/determinations-other-household-001.html

or we’re happy to discuss this with you. (Appendix 3)

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Who are Aoga i Maota Charitable Trust?

Aoga i Maota Charitable Trust are the governing body of Mo Tatou In-home Early Childhood Education and Care.

They were originally established in 2010 to deliver, support and guide the home based vision of Roseanne & Ieremia.

We will be having elections for our Board in late October, 2013, to ensure that the governing body and decisions of Mo Tatou continue to be reflective of our community.

We will notify all parents and educators of a confirmed date closer to elections.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions concering Aoga i Maota.

 

What does Mo Tatou mean?

Mo Tatou, means “For all of us”.

It has the same meaning in many of our Pasifika languages.

Because Mo Tatou is “For all of us” it creates a sense of belonging for all who are part of the service – children, families, Educators, and the wider community.

 

Is Malaeola another home based service?

No, Malaeola is the first *network of Mo Tatou.

Malaeola is a place name in Savaii, Samoa, steeped in history.

For our service Malaeola is a safe place for growth and development Mo Tatou (For All of Us).

As our service grows there will be names for each of our networks, of which we will welcome your input into these new names.

*A network is usually made up of 80 children, all attending 30 hours per week.

What is Mo Tatou In-home Early Childhood Education and Care about?

Mo Tatou is an early childhood education and care service that engages Educators to provide a home based learning programme based on Te Whariki for children 0-5 years of age.

We provide resources, training and support to the Educator through our Visiting Teacher and Community Consultant and help deliver a programme that is based on the aspirations of the child’s family.

If the family chooses to have their child taught in their language and culture, we are also able to provide resources and support around this.

The parents/family’s choice of an Educator is very important and we believe that most parents and families will be able to identify the appropriate person within their family, extended family or community.

If the parents/family are unable to identify an Educator we will help to find one that fits the needs of your child.

How are Educators paid?

Licensed home based services are funded through the Ministry of Education.  From this funding Mo Tatou will pay Educators directly, into their bank accounts, for the education and care they provide in-home.

 

Is Mo Tatou only for Pasifika children and Educators?

Mo Tatou is for all of us, and us could be anyone, from any nationality, religion or culture:  to name a few, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Island, Niue, Tuvalu, Fiji, Maori, Asian, African or any community.

The parents of the child choose who they want to be their child’s Educator.

When is Mo Tatou expected to be open?

Mo Tatou will open for in-home early childhood education and care to children, starting on the week of 30 September, 2013.

To ensure we meet regulations set by the Ministry of Education a licensing visit will firstly take place.

How can I become an Educator?

You will need to contact our Community Consultant who will arrange a time to meet and discuss with you. It is very important to Mo Tatou that all children engaged in the service will be provided with:

  •  A safe, warm and welcoming home during education and care
  •  Positive guidance and a smack free zone
  •  A safe environment for play and no to minimal TV watching

All Educator’s will also be required to undergo Police vetting and a CYFS Check before starting as an Educator – these are both requirements of the Ministry of Education.

Can I get paid to watch my own children?

No, but you are able to get paid for looking after children from outside your home, including family members’ children.

For example, if you have 2 of your own children under 5, you will be able to have an additional 2children in your home for which you will be paid for those 2 children for the hours that they attend Mo Tatou.

Am I paid holiday pay, sick leave and any other leave?

We plan on paying sick leave and holiday leave after a 90 day settling in period. During your first 90 days, we’ll be working with you to go over plans for Education and Professional Development for each Educator.

We do plan on introducing a minimum hourly wage for all of the Educators that meet our professional development phase.

I live in a Housing Corp Unit, can I be a Mo Tatou Educator?

Your home is your castle.

No doubt you’ve cared for children, from when they were young to where they are now, and your home is key in giving them comfort, safety and a place that they feel confident in learning about themselves and what should be important in their lives.

Housing New Zealand(HNZ) has responsibilities to ensure that your home is warm and safe, and we hope to help you ensure that HNZ keep to their responsibility.

There are a few regulations that the Ministry of Education would like for all homes to have so that your home will be “fit for the purpose of care”, which the Community Consultant and Visiting Teacher will help you adhere to.

If there are any problems Mo Tatou will work with you to try and resolve these.

It is also important to note that all adults living in the home that are over the age of 17 years and present during care will need to be Police and CYFS checked to ensure the safety of the children attending Mo Tatou. You will be provided with forms to complete in your initial interview with our Community Consultant.

How many children can I look after?

The maximum number of children under 5 that can be cared for and educated in your home is 4. This includes your own children under the age of 5, if they are at home during the time of care.

There is a limit to the number of under 2’s that can be safely cared for in your home, so we need to be sure that there is no more than 2 children under the age of 2 years old during education and care.

What age children can I look after?

Mo Tatou feels that from 6 months to before the child has enrolled with a primary school, are the ages that we will take on board for our service. However, there are a few, and rare circumstances where a child that is not yet 6 months can be enrolled with Mo Tatou, this will be assessed and discussed with the Visiting Teacher.

My Mother is already looking after my children, can she become an Educator?

Yes, she may become an Educator for Mo Tatou.

We just need to assess the home she uses to care for the children to ensure that it is “safe for the purpose of care”, as per the Ministry of Education standards.

We’ll also need her to sign a contract to work for us, as well as brief her on our policies and procedures, along with professional development plans.

All Educators are required to also complete Police vetting and CYFS checks to ensure that they provide a safe environment for your child.

I have my own children under 5 that stay at home with me can I still look after other children?

So long as someone else is at home looking after your own children, then we can have you look after 4 children under 5.

If the children at home are over the age of 5, then you are fine to look after 4 children under the age of 5.

If there is no one at home looking after your children under the age of 5, then for each of these children under 5, you will have to limit the total number of children under 5 to a maximum of 4, including your own children under 5.

I am a licensed home based service provider. Can I claim funding from the Ministry of Education for children while their grand mother is caring for them? I have been approached by a couple with two children under five and the wife’s mother is moving in with them to take care of the children while they work.

There are conditions your service would need to meet to be eligible for funding in this particular situation:

  • the grandmother would need to join your service as a home based educator
  •  the children’s family home needs to be available for use by children who are not part of that child’s family, and
  • at least one child who is not a member of the family has to attend the home for care and education.

What is my position if the child who is not a family member leaves?

If a child who is not a family member leaves, as the service provider you will have a limited period of time to fill that place with another child who is not a family member. The length of time available to fill the place will need to be approved by your local Ministry of Education office.

I have identified a need for a home based service in a small rural community however all members of that community belong to the same family/whānau. Am I able to recruit an educator from that community given that the children that are likely to attend my service would be from the same family/whānau?

The Ministry of Education has allowed for exceptions to be considered in this situation where the whole community is family/whānau. A home based service may be able to claim funding for the children attending but you could not claim funding for the educator’s own children. You would need to get agreement from your local Ministry of Education office before proceeding.

When would the Ministry of Education not fund a service provider when a family member is an educator for children in their own family home?

The Ministry of Education does not provide funding:

  •  for an educator’s family member (child) if that educator has the ongoing responsibility for providing the day to day care and education of that family member. The child is considered to be the educators own child
  •  if the child is living with the educator on an ongoing basis in the educators own home, in this situation the child is considered to be that educators own child
  •  if the educator is a family member and living in the child’s home and the child’s home is not available at the same time for the care and education of other children who are not family members.

Does the Ministry of Education provide funding directly to families for providing day to day care and education for their own children?

The Ministry of Education does not fund families to provide the day to day care and education for their own children. The Ministry of Education funds licensed home based service providers to provide part time care and education for children in a home environment. A licensed home based service is required to meet a number of regulatory standards including the premises, health and safety and curriculum standards.

My mother comes to my house each day and takes care of my child while I work. Is my mother able to be funded by the Ministry of Education for this work?

No, the Ministry of Education would not fund your mother directly for doing this. If your mother worked as an educator for a licensed home based service provider then the service provider would be able to claim funding for your child.

My mother lives with me and takes care of my child while I work. Is my mother able to be funded by Ministry of Education for this work?

Only a licensed home based service provider can claim funding from the Ministry of Education. Your mother would need to work for a home-based service as an educator and your home must be available for use by children who are not part of your family and at least one child who is not a member of your family needs to attend your home for care and education. If these conditions are met then the home-based service provider will be able to claim funding for each child, including your child.

Does my mother need to work as an educator for a home based service?

No. However, if your mother worked as an educator for a home based service she would be supported by the home based service provider to provide a quality education and care programme for your children.

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What is home based education and care?

Home-based education services provide education and care to children in private homes.

Education and care can take place in a home:

  • Chosen by the children’s parents;
  • Where the children live; or
  • The home of the Educator

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Who are Aoga i Maota Charitable Trust?

Aoga i Maota Charitable Trust are the governing body of Mo Tatou In-home Early Childhood Education and Care.

They were originally established in 2010 to deliver, support and guide the home based vision of Roseanne & Ieremia.

We will be having elections for our Board in late October, 2013, to ensure that the governing body and decisions of Mo Tatou continue to be reflective of our community.

We will notify all parents and educators of a confirmed date closer to elections.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions concering Aoga i Maota.

 

What does Mo Tatou mean?

Mo Tatou, means “For all of us”.

It has the same meaning in many of our Pasifika languages.

Because Mo Tatou is “For all of us” it creates a sense of belonging for all who are part of the service – children, families, Educators, and the wider community.

 

Is Malaeola another home based service?

No, Malaeola is the first *network of Mo Tatou.

Malaeola is a place name in Savaii, Samoa, steeped in history.

For our service Malaeola is a safe place for growth and development Mo Tatou (For All of Us).

As our service grows there will be names for each of our networks, of which we will welcome your input into these new names.

*A network is usually made up of 80 children, all attending 30 hours per week.

What is Mo Tatou In-home Early Childhood Education and Care about?

Mo Tatou is an early childhood education and care service that engages Educators to provide a home based learning programme based on Te Whariki for children 0-5 years of age.

We provide resources, training and support to the Educator through our Visiting Teacher and Community Consultant and help deliver a programme that is based on the aspirations of the child’s family.

If the family chooses to have their child taught in their language and culture, we are also able to provide resources and support around this.

The parents/family’s choice of an Educator is very important and we believe that most parents and families will be able to identify the appropriate person within their family, extended family or community.

If the parents/family are unable to identify an Educator we will help to find one that fits the needs of your child.

What does it cost for my child/ren to attend Mo Tatou?

Fees are charged at a cost of $20.00 per week, whether parents have 1 or 4 children in Mo Tatou.

These Fees will only be used towards supporting your child’s learning, to help pay for outings, teaching and learning resources:  books, arts and crafts materials, toys and musical instruments, special celebrations and Playgroups.

Each month parent’s will receive a personalised Fees sheet of what they have paid and details of how their fees have contributed to their child/ren’s education and care.

This is a sample of the Fees sheet:

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How are Educators paid?

Licensed home based services are funded through the Ministry of Education.  From this funding Mo Tatou will pay Educators directly, into their bank accounts, for the education and care they provide in-home.

 

Is Mo Tatou only for Pasifika children and Educators?

Mo Tatou is for all of us, and us could be anyone, from any nationality, religion or culture:  to name a few, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Island, Niue, Tuvalu, Fiji, Maori, Asian, African or any community.

The parents of the child choose who they want to be their child’s Educator.

When is Mo Tatou expected to be open?

Mo Tatou will open for in-home early childhood education and care to children, starting on the week of 30 September, 2013.

To ensure we meet regulations set by the Ministry of Education a licensing visit will firstly take place.

Do I have to live in Taita or Naenae North to use Mo Tatou?

At this stage we are currently concentrating on the Taita and Naenae North area to deliver our

Mo Tatou programme, especially for those children who are currently not participating in Early Childhood Education (ECE).

However, if you live in the surrounding areas, we may be able to make an exception, so please ask us.

Can you help with Transport for my child/ren?

We look forward to a time where we are able to provide a Van run that will help transport those children that have issues getting to and from the place where care takes place.

For now, we’ll rely on parents and families to get their children to, and from the place where care will take place.

 

 

What does my child/ren need to attend Mo Tatou?

Depending on the hours your child will attend and any arrangements you may already have with your Educator, in most cases they will need a bag with a nutritious lunch, morning, and afternoon tea. This includes formula if your child is still on the bottle.

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A change of clothing, and if they require nappies and wet wipes, then they should be packed in the bag as well. If your child were to go out for the day, what would you pack for them?

 

Do I need to stay with my child while they are attending Mo Tatou?

For the very first couple of visits there is usually a settling in period. It would be nice if the parent/s were to spend 30 minutes to an hour to “settle in” the child with the Educator.

This will vary from child to child depending on the child’s age and comfort level. If the Educator is a family member or someone the child knows well, then the child will most likely already feel at ease with the Educator, and setting of where they will be.

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I want my child/ren to be taught in their pacific language, can Mo Tatou help with this?

Mo Tatou is a Pasifika service, and we aim to have, where needed, an Educator that may speak a Pasifika language.

We encourage our Educators to speak, sing, teach, and do most things in their home, in that Pasifika language. If your child is enrolled to attend with that Educator, chances are, your child will pick up a few words, phrases, or songs, in that language.

If you want your child to learn your language, then it would be best for us to discuss options that suit your family, maybe you have someone you trust: a family member, a neighbour, or a church going friend who may want to become an Educator, and provide education and care for your child.

Mo Tatou will support you and the Educator in the care and education of your child, and any other additional children that will come into that Educator’s care.

 

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What sort of help do you provide the Educators?

All of our Educators will be encouraged to take up a Level 3 NZQA course in Early Childhood Education, paid for by Mo Tatou.

At present we are in negotiations with 2 providers that will fit this purpose, and as soon as possible, we will encourage all of our Educators to begin this study.

We will provide learning and course completion support through the Visiting Teacher, as well as the Community Consultant.

All Educators are also required to complete a First Aid Certificate of which Mo Tatou will arrange a place for this to be held and pay for this training.

Apart from this, the Visiting Teacher will work with each Educator on their professional development plan.

What does Mo Tatou provide for my child/ren during education and care?

Mo Tatou will provide all teaching and learning resources for your child during education and care, this includes books, paper, crayons, paints, puzzles, arts and crafts materials, toys, musical instruments and other similar items.

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In the near future we also hope to provide home packs that children can use while at home with their parents, which will allow parents to become excited, supportive and engaged in their children’s learning.

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Will my child/ren do other things outside the home?

Mo Tatou hopes to have each Educator attend a Playgroup setting at least once a week.

This playgroup will be outside of the home, and in a location where each child is encouraged to play with the other children that are in our programme.

By joining our playgroup, the Educator will find two things: That attending playgroup will break the monotony of being alone at home 6 hours a day, 5 days of the week.

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We also hope that the Educator may find another Educator that can relate to what it is they do at home.

Educators will be encouraged to share “best practice” so that they can celebrate their achievements together.

We also hope that in playgroup, the children will find familiar faces to look up to, so that if that child’s Educator is sick, or unable to provide care, that the child can then go to another Educator, one that is more familiar to the child as well.

We also plan on having regular excursions/outings where children are able to build on or extend their current learning, socialise with other children from Mo Tatou and experience new and exciting things.

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I am a licensed home based service provider. Can I claim funding from the Ministry of Education for children while their grand mother is caring for them? I have been approached by a couple with two children under five and the wife’s mother is moving in with them to take care of the children while they work.

There are conditions your service would need to meet to be eligible for funding in this particular situation:

  • the grandmother would need to join your service as a home based educator
  •  the children’s family home needs to be available for use by children who are not part of that child’s family, and
  • at least one child who is not a member of the family has to attend the home for care and education.

What is my position if the child who is not a family member leaves?

If a child who is not a family member leaves, as the service provider you will have a limited period of time to fill that place with another child who is not a family member. The length of time available to fill the place will need to be approved by your local Ministry of Education office.

I have identified a need for a home based service in a small rural community however all members of that community belong to the same family/whānau. Am I able to recruit an educator from that community given that the children that are likely to attend my service would be from the same family/whānau?

The Ministry of Education has allowed for exceptions to be considered in this situation where the whole community is family/whānau. A home based service may be able to claim funding for the children attending but you could not claim funding for the educator’s own children. You would need to get agreement from your local Ministry of Education office before proceeding.

When would the Ministry of Education not fund a service provider when a family member is an educator for children in their own family home?

The Ministry of Education does not provide funding:

  •  for an educator’s family member (child) if that educator has the ongoing responsibility for providing the day to day care and education of that family member. The child is considered to be the educators own child
  •  if the child is living with the educator on an ongoing basis in the educators own home, in this situation the child is considered to be that educators own child
  •  if the educator is a family member and living in the child’s home and the child’s home is not available at the same time for the care and education of other children who are not family members.

I drop my child off at my mother’s house each day and she takes care of her while I work. Is my mother able to be funded by the Ministry of Education for doing this?

No, the Ministry of Education would not fund your mother directly for doing this. If your mother worked as an educator for a licensed home based service provider then the service provider would be able to claim funding for your child.

Does the Ministry of Education provide funding directly to families for providing day to day care and education for their own children?

The Ministry of Education does not fund families to provide the day to day care and education for their own children. The Ministry of Education funds licensed home based service providers to provide part time care and education for children in a home environment. A licensed home based service is required to meet a number of regulatory standards including the premises, health and safety and curriculum standards.

My mother comes to my house each day and takes care of my child while I work. Is my mother able to be funded by the Ministry of Education for this work?

No, the Ministry of Education would not fund your mother directly for doing this. If your mother worked as an educator for a licensed home based service provider then the service provider would be able to claim funding for your child.

My mother lives with me and takes care of my child while I work. Is my mother able to be funded by Ministry of Education for this work?

Only a licensed home based service provider can claim funding from the Ministry of Education. Your mother would need to work for a home-based service as an educator and your home must be available for use by children who are not part of your family and at least one child who is not a member of your family needs to attend your home for care and education. If these conditions are met then the home-based service provider will be able to claim funding for each child, including your child.

Does my mother need to work as an educator for a home based service?

No. However, if your mother worked as an educator for a home based service she would be supported by the home based service provider to provide a quality education and care programme for your children.

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