After attending many child-free wedding celebrations, Lizzie Wallace was invited to a wedding where children were included in the day. She noticed that, while it was wonderful to have the little ones included in such a special occasion, there seemed to be a high level of pressure on the parents who held responsibility of their children’s behavior – especially through formalities, dinner and speeches.
“It’s lovely to have children at a wedding,” says Lizzie. “They are adorable and family and guests really enjoy them being there. However, as the day wears on the little ones can become restless, tired and sometimes disruptive. And as a result, their parents can miss pivotal moments of the day.”
It was this situation that gave her the idea to launch The Event Childcare Company – professional onsite childcare for weddings and functions.
“I thought, wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was a service that allowed the children to be involved in the special day and that catered for their needs and interests, enabling everyone to enjoy the occasion?”
And how right she was. Here at New Zealand Weddings , we think this is a brilliant idea. So we asked Lizzie all about it:
How does The Event Childcare Company help with a wedding?
The Event Childcare Company allows everyone to be included and to be able to relax and enjoy the special day. We take all the stress out of the age old question "do we invite kids to the wedding"?
We provide everything to create a special onsite children's space staffed with qualified teaching professionals to entertain and care for your younger guests. Children are entertained and cared for and parents can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the festivities knowing their children are onsite, happy and safe.
Do you cater for all kinds of wedding venues, times and sizes?
Yes. We can provide onsite childcare seven days a week and we cater for large and small weddings. Each wedding childcare is individually planned and children’s areas can be established outside under our large event gazebo, inside at the venue, or a combination of both.
The length of the service depends on the needs of the couple, generally the service will be provided for a minimum of four hours with service available into the evening, including providing the provision of a movie and popcorn as well as resting/sleeping area in which we provide all the port-a-cots and mattresses to settle children in the evening.
What kinds of activities do you do with the kids?
Toys, games, construction, home play, puzzles, books, arts and crafts, bubble stations, dolls houses, vintage amusement games, media. You name it, we've got it!
Once couples book with The Event Childcare Company, their guests can register children through a secure page on our website. This allows parents to share valuable information: child’s age, specific needs and interests… and with this information we plan and tailor the programme, equipment and activities to reflect the interests of the children attending.
As the parents are onsite we are happy to cater for children of all ages from birth upwards, generally up to between 12 and 13 and have the resources and equipment to cater for all the varying ages within the event, including exersaucers, jolly jumpers, bassinets, changing facilities high chairs, strollers …
And the fee?
As each wedding is unique and there are many varying factors that influence the cost such as the ages and number of children attending and the length of time the service is provided for, tailored obligation free quotes are given to enquiring couples based on their individual wedding.
We have an information pack that is available which provides more detail on the service we provide, the costing structure and our child to staff ratios which gives a clear indication of costing for the service.
With over 30 years’ experience owning and operating a successful kindergarten in Titirangi, Auckland we are a family owned company that specialise in providing onsite childcare at weddings, corporate events and private functions. 'Like' The Event Childcare Company on Facebook.