Our programme is planned around three themes - Active, Creative and Life Skills. This provides a well-rounded range of activities which will keep your child engaged at their own pace as they wind down from a busy school day.
YMCA North is Aotearoa’s first and only accredited organisation through the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF).
Safeguarding is a fundamental part of our culture and a culture shared with all of our staff, customers and members. To support this we have:
YMCA is New Zealand's first and only Child-Safe accredited organisation obtained by the ACF - Australian Childhood Foundation. Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility and here at the Y we are leading from the front to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, young people, families and staff
As a not-for-profit organisation the YMCA is a charity. We are committed to strengthening families and youth development. Any surpluses made by the YMCA are reinvested back into the community through our causes. We also provide Fee Assistance to individuals that are not able to use our services due to financial hardship.
When we run Before / After Care or Holiday Programmes from the school's premises we make sure that our programmes are affordable. We are here to help and work alongside the school to make sure that the needs of our community are met. We also have WINZ subsidies available to assist.
Our programme is approved by MSD - Ministry of Social Development. This means our programme meets certain standards for approval and is regularly audited for quality assurance purposes. We are fully transparent and also 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 2 staff per programme. There is 1 staff to 10 kids and 1 staff to every 6 to 8 kids for trip-based activities. For water based activities we have 1 staff to every 4 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 and parents in the loop where required.