Happi is building a community marketplace for home-based childcare. Our job is to connect Kiwi families with trusted people in their community who love looking after children.
We help families and carers (educators and nannies) create childcare partnerships to deliver the best education and care for New Zealand’s youngest people, our preschoolers.
We’re not a large corporate but a group of Kiwi parents who got together to find a better way for families to navigate the important early years of parenting. Why? Because we know how hard it is for parents to organise care when they need to return to work. And then there’s the money.
The government provides funding for every child in New Zealand who is enrolled in early childhood education. Most providers use this funding themselves but at Happi we feel really strongly that this money should be managed by families and carers, not companies, so we’re going to pass it directly to the adults who know these children best.
We call this Happi Credit. We make Happi Credit available for families and carers to manage because we believe this money should stay in communities, not companies, and that the government’s investment should be 100% transparent.
COMMUNITY NOT CORPORATE
The first three years of child’s life are the most critical. The quality of early childhood experiences can make or break a child’s educational and social outcomes later in life. Happi’s going to enable Kiwi communities to be better supported to look after our most precious little people. And we’re going to enable this to happen in home-based settings.
Why? Home-based care is the next best thing to being looked after by Mum, Dad or an extended family member. We’re concerned that providing care to kids at home, with one primary caregiver has become an elite privilege, only for those that can afford a nanny. By providing more access to government funding, we hope to open up home-based care to more kids. We also want to tap into the available capacity and knowledge of potential carers within our local communities.
The 'Dunedin Study' has proven that childhood disadvantage strongly predicts life-course outcomes and that tackling this through early-years support for families and children could benefit all members of a society. At Happi we are going to be uncompromising in our fight to make early childhood education more equal for every Kiwi kid. Stronger communities for happier kids. Doesn’t every child in New Zealand deserve this? Get ready, we’re coming.