Leading In-Home Childcare &

Early Childhood Education


We offer childcare in safe, loving in home environments throughout East Auckland and Christchurch which encourage your child’s learning and development while incorporating their individual needs and routines through low adult/child ratios and flexible hours. Call us to find out more.


We offer free weekly Playgroup, Music and Movement group, swimming and nature sessions as part of our homebased childcare programmes. Your child will receive a daily diary of personal events as well as a monthly Learning Portfolio and a specific visit from our trained and registered teaching and learning team.


We offer several subsidies including 20 hours ECE for 3, 4 and 5 year old children and  WINZ child-care subsidies for those who are eligible.  Call us to find out more.


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Why?Unless We Think It Through, We Do What We Know
We haven't had any experience of group care for babies in our culture before, not unless you count orphanages and foundling homes, neither of which were child heaven. So what has happened is we have turned to the group care situation we are all familiar with - school. We could have modelled our group care on the family, but we chose school instead and we have set up schools for babies, complete with classrooms, teachers, alphabet charts, counting games - and rosters. When we look back on our own school days though, few of us felt safe and nurtured in the way a baby NEEDS to feel safe and nurtured for her wellbeing and brain growth.

In Kimberley's meme she asks us to think again about the inappropriateness of rosters for the care of our infants. It is bad enough that our little ones have to spend so many hours of their lives in group care, so let's not make it institutional care. Let's make it as close to warm family care as possible and implement primary caregiving.
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Are you or someone you know, looking for quality home based childcare in the Beachlands/Maraetai area?

Some info about our exceptional Chenay in Beachlands. She is our reigning Stems ‘Educator of the Year’ and can now offer part time care for an over 2 year old on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. One of her little Stems friends has just finished care and his 1 year old sister and other Stems friends would like a new playmate to grow with 😍

Maybe I can help...

My name is Chenay and I have been providing quality home based childcare for a number of years with Stems.

I am currently completing the most up-to-date training studying towards my National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care, Level 4. I live in a very family friendly home in Beachlands with a lots of experiences for the children to explore.

At my place, the outdoors is your child’s classroom and we love exploring the local beaches, parks, reserves and going on adventures together.

We also regularly enjoy story times, local playgroups and music group, so the children can have their time in a small group setting complimented by slightly larger group setting, with me close-by, also.

WINZ childcare subsidies are able to be accessed and 20 ECE hours for 3-6 year olds.

We have a warm and cosy home environment where the children can learn, discover and explore at their own pace. Our art and crafts cupboard is filled with everything the children need to encourage their creativity and we use this often.

I also run a great play-based ‘Being School Ready’ programme through Stems, individually planned for your child, when they are 4-6 years old.

If you require any more information, please feel free to contact Stems- they are happy to answer any questions you may have and organise a visit to meet me or DM me🙂
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17 hours ago

Stems from Home East Auckland and Christchurch

A few photos of a special morning spent yesterday with some of the residents at Pakuranga Park Village retirement home in East Auckland. We set up our playgroup session in their dining area and invited them to come and join us! It was such a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. The children were happy to get busy, playing and exploring with their Educators and friends. We iced and decorated some yummy biscuits, painted some butterflies to take home and played with some of our favourite toys. The buzz from the residents was so heart-warming. One gentleman donated a silver plate to go with our family play resources, a lady brought down her huge tiger soft toy to share with the children, and all around us were smiling faces, and lots of conversation about the children and the things that they were doing. Some residents had a play with the playdough, iced a biscuit or painted their own butterfly to keep! At the end of our visit we had a sing along together which was a huge hit! By the end of the session we could see some lovely connections being made between the residents and the children, that the children initiated, so this was very special. We look forward to following up with another visit, and also inviting the rest home to bring some of the ladies and gentlemen to visit us at the Softball Club for Playgroup and a morning tea next term. 😍💕😍 ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

Stems from Home East Auckland and Christchurch

We spent a wonderful morning at Jump in Takanini today 😍 highly recommend it was super clean, friendly staff and so much fun. The children loved running, bouncing and the favourite thing to do was jump into the foam pit!! A fun morning of burning off some winter energy 😍👍💕 ... See MoreSee Less

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A blustery start to the week in Auckland but we stayed warm and cosy at Stems Playgroup this morning 😍 A wonderful morning of play and building friendships with our wee Stems friends 😍 ... See MoreSee Less

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Education Review Report: Home-Based Care Stems From Home

The Stems From Home organisation was established in 2011 and has two networks. The first of these networks was fully licensed in November 2011 and the second became fully licensed in October 2012. Stems From Home operates in East Auckland between Maraetai and Howick/Pakuranga. It currently includes 35 educators, who provide for 93 children and their families.