We are a young family (German/ Indian/ Kiwi) living in Auckland. We are quite outdoorsy people, enjoy traveling and cultural exchange.
Janina works in early childhood education in an outdoors kindergarten. She has experience working as an Au Pair herself and loves anything nature related, rock climbing, crafty stuff and gardening.
Shub works as a manager in the city with quite long hours unfortunately. He enjoys riding his road bike, running, hiking and discussing politics.
Keanu is our happy and very energetic 23 months old boy. He grows up trilingual. We speak English at home, Janina speaks German with Keanu and Shub tries to get Hindi in the mix :) We practise respectful parenting (Montessori, Steiner, Pikler inspired).
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Learn about kiwi culture, New Zealand's nature and explore Auckland. We live close to the city, are well travelled and can give you advice on travelling NZ, Australia, South East Asia and Europe. Auckland is a great place to spend the winter months.
This is a perfect and rare learning opportunity for a future career in education!
Gain experience in
- early childhood education/ outdoor classroom
- play based learning
- working alongside experienced early childhood educators
- child care
If you want to deepen your experience I'm happy to share basics of
- nature pedagogy
- early childhood development/ developmental psychology/ brain development
- Steiner (Waldorf) philosophy
- Montessori philosophy
- Pikler/ RIE®️ competent infant approach
UPDATE: NO AVAILABILITY FOR MAY AND JUNE, APPLICATIONS FOR JULY ONWARDS ONLY
20 years and up, independent, honest, reliable, organisational and communication skills, outdoorsy, easy going. Loving and gentle with children. Experience is not everything, more important is the willingness to observe, question and learn.
This is the perfect job for anyone who loves nature and children!
Janina works for a Nature Kindergarten at Long Bay Regional + Cornwall Park (feel free to google it). This is an early childhood education programme which is completely outdoors, similar to European Forest Schools (Waldkindergarten). Children from 3-6 years play and learn outside all day, rain or shine.
You would accompany Janina to the Regional Park to take care of Keanu. Your job is to to make sure he is safe and gets his needs met while he explores his world alongside the kindy kids. Janina will guide you.
At home we would require you to assist with basic household duties such as washing dishes, cleaning floors, hanging laundry, cleaning bathroom/ kitchen etc.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE: 25H WEEK
3 full days of child care (7h) at Nature Kindy or at home
30min - 1h household tasks daily except weekend
2-3 days free
Must be able to speak English! German is a plus.
No smokers please.
2-3 weeks commitment (first week trial). Option to extend for the right person!
Living with us means you have the same rights and responsibilities as a flatmate would. We aren't your parents ;) We make a weekly plan together with you and talk about the week to make sure everyone is happy with the arrangements.
Please give us a rough idea about your plans during your stay with us.
English, German, Hindi
Bright, newly renovated house in Birkdale. Close to the city but in a quiet and green area. Car parking available on street.
Room with single bed, desk, mirror and armchair. Towels/ bedding provided. Bathroom shared with us. Basic food included, snacks/special requirements buy your own. We take turns cooking dinner. Some days we eat together, some days are DIY dinner. We cook vegetarian/ vegan food, Shub eats meat occasionally
Within walking distance:
- bush walks at Eskdale Reserve
- really nice libraries
- shopping malls, supermarket
- gym, indoors rock climbing wall and swimming pool
- bus to city centre 20min
We have a big garden with native birds and little veggie patch. You're most welcome to create or plant something if you are into landscaping or gardening!
Beautiful beaches and Regional Parks (Piha, Tawharanui etc) within 1h drive
We have a guitar but no one who can play it! You're most welcome to jam along :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers