This is an ideal choice if you would like your child in a small group of children. These services are for very small groups of children, up to four at any one time, supervised by one educator in her or his family home. Homes have to meet codes of practice for home-based care. Although the educators in home-based education are not required to be qualified and registered early childhood teachers, they are required to support children as learners and provide appropriate learning opportunities for the children in their care. They are licensed by the Ministry of Education to provide childcare, and the educators are restricted in size, having up to four children under six years, only two of which can be under two years. Educators provide an education programme for the children in their care. Home-based care is licenced under an umbrella system – where a qualified teacher regularly visits the home to support the educators and the educational programme. Home-based care generally provides more flexibility for parents as the hours and fees are negotiated directly with the family’s educator. They can be licensed to be 24/7 childcare providers so that parents do not have to try to fit their schedules into the strict opening hours of a centre.