The YMCA Auckland and Waikato network is New Zealand’s first accredited Safeguarding Children organisation through the internationally-renowned Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF).
YMCA is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to strengthening families and investing in youth development opportunities. Any surpluses made by the YMCA are reinvested back into the community through our causes. We also provide fee assistance to help individuals facing financial hardship overcome any barriers that may hold them back from accessing our programmes and services.
When we run before and after school care or holiday programmes from a school's premises, we pay a fair financial return to the school. We are here to help and work alongside the school to make sure that the needs of our community are met.
Our programme meets high quality industry standards and is approved by MSD (Ministry of Social Development). We are regularly audited by MSD for quality assurance purposes, and share our MSD audit reports with the school.
To ensure the safety and quality of the programme, we operate under strict ratios: a minimum of two staff per programme. There is one staff member to 10 kids, and one staff member to every six to eight kids for trip-based activities. For water based activities we have one staff member to every four kids.
We take full responsibility of all the administration required to run the programmes. This includes bookings, parent communication, WINZ processes, recruitment, on-going training, record keeping, financial, audits etc. We also keep the school in the loop where required.
"Students are eager to attend the programme as shown by their enthusiasm to run to the hall as soon as school finishes. The team running the programme are pleasant, caring and relate well to the pupils in their care. It is a great service provided for our working parents who really appreciate that their children are being looked after in a safe, caring and interesting environment."
"YMCA and Hamilton West School have developed and maintained a close relationship, and work hard to complement each other’s’ aims and objectives. I can nominate students in need from the school to receive free access to before or after school care and/or the YMCA Holiday Programme. This very generous offer shows that YMCA is about helping people in the community, including those who are vulnerable and need a helping hand. It’s my pleasure to acknowledge YMCA as a high quality organisation, well led and people-oriented."
"YMCA has excellent systems for communication and have always kept our school and parent community well informed regarding what is happening with the programme. The programme is well staffed with appropriate ratios. Our parents are very pleased with the quality of the programme provided for their children. I have no hesitation endorsing the YMCA programmes."
"Please pass on my regards to the team at North Shore. I walked away confident that the centre and the programmes are doing everything they can to make sure that it is a safe and welcoming place for children, and that parents’ and guardians’ evaluation and feedback is respected and taken into consideration."