Frequently Asked Questions

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We provide awesome, affordable child care. Check out our FAQs (frequently asked questions) below, or get in touch if you have any questions.

What are your session times?

For infants and toddlers, we have three sessions: 8.30am-12.30pm, 1pm-5pm, and all day, which is 6.5-10 hours.

For pre-schoolers (over three), we have three sessions: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm, and all day, which is 6.5-10 hours.

What are the day care costs?

For infants and toddlers (under three), it is $100 for five four hour sessions per week, or $50 for an all-day session, or for a full five-day week, it is $250.

For pre-schoolers (over three) with the 20 free ECE hours, this means you can have either five mornings, or five afternoons for free. Without the 20 free ECE hours, it is $100 for two days, $145 for three days, $195 for four days or $220 for five days.

What are the 20 free ECE hours?

To help out with daycare costs, we offer 20 free early childhood education (ECE) hours for children over three. This is an initiative based on encouraging more participation by children of preschool age. It is expected that attendance will be 100 per cent, for four hours, five days a week. If you are not sure on any of these points please contact us.

What happens if my child won’t be attending for a period of time, or if I decide to leave?

If you need to change your child’s booked hours, will not be attending through holidays, or you are leaving the centre, you must give two weeks’ notice in writing to the centre manager, or two weeks’ fees will be charged. If you are absent for longer than three weeks for any reason, you will be asked to pay a holding fee of $5 per session to hold the place for your child, otherwise the enrolment will cease, and you will have to wait for a vacancy upon your return. Fees are charged for sick days.

What should I do on the first day?

We would appreciate it if you could stay for at least the first hour on your child’s first day or before they start. This helps your child to feel secure as they get to know the teachers, other children, the centre routines and the environment. If your child is having difficulties settling when being left, please discuss this with a teacher. Parents/whanau are welcome to ring or text and check on their child at any time.

What should I bring?

●      A piece of fruit for the morning tea or afternoon tea koha basket to share. We do provide morning tea and afternoon tea.

●      A healthy packed lunch box. Please follow our healthy eating guidelines.

●      Two spare changes of clothes for your child.  We encourage you to send your child in old clothes to allow them to explore with water and paint.

●      We expect all children to wear named sunhats during term one and four and clothing to protect them from the sun.

●      If you wish your child to have sunscreen, please apply a 6 or 8-hour sunscreen prior to their arrival at the centre.  Teachers will be applying throughout the day.

●      If your child brings toys from home, please note that we are not responsible for lost or damaged toys.  It is better the toys stay at home.

What will my child do at daycare?

Our curriculum is based on Te Whariki, the Ministry of Education Early Childhood Curriculum. Our programmes include: Transition to School, Music and Movement, Healthy Heart, Bush Kindy (once a week), Sustainability, and we celebrate cultural and language weeks. We see the environment as the third teacher and make links to learning outside throughout a routine day.

What is the online child profile?

All children are set up with a private online based profile that you can access and share with your child and whanau throughout your child’s involvement with the centre. Each child also has a hard copy of their profile in a folder, ready for them to share with their teachers and friends. Feel free to add stories to your child’s profile via the internet, for your child to print off with teachers and add to their profile folder at their leisure.  This Taonga is your child’s to keep when they leave the centre.

How can I be involved?

We value your input here and there are many ways you can be involved. Supporting your child settling in, sharing your skills and knowledge with us, coming on trips with us, sharing stories and experiences about your child and whanau are a few suggestions.  Feel free to chat with any teaches regarding your child.

Why do I need to sign my child in and out?

Government regulations state that all children must be signed in and out daily.  Please let us know if someone different is to pick up your child, as we cannot release children to people not named on your enrolment form.

What happens if my child cannot make a session?

The Ministry of Education requires children to attend their days and hours on a regular basis.  If your child is absent, please ring or text us.

What happens if my child is ill? Our regulations state that any child suffering from an infectious illness must be excluded. Please see the handout in your enrolment pack for more information.