Parents

Parent Information Page

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Hours of Operation

We are open Monday to Friday 7.00am – 5.30pm.

We offer full time and part time care for infants, toddlers and young children aged birth to five years.  You are welcome to choose which session times best suit your child’s and families needs.

Our session times are:

*  Mornings    8.00am – 12.00pm or 7.00am – 12.00pm
*  Afternoons 12.30pm – 4.30pm or 12.30 pm – 5.30pm
*  Full days     7.00am – 5.30pm

Children may attend from one half day session up to five full days per week or anything in between.  Our centre is closed for Statutory Holidays.

Fees

A schedule of fees is available from the centre when you come in and have a look around, or at your request.

20 Hours ECE

We offer Free half day sessions (up to 20 Hours per week) for all 3 and 4 year olds.

Work and Income Childcare Subsidy

You maybe eligible for support towards the costs of childcare through WINZ subsidies.  We have WINZ forms and information available at the centre to assist you.

To find out more visit the website http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/individuals/a-z-benefits/childcare-subsidy.html

Meals

All our meals are prepared daily at the centre by our cook.  Careful attention has been given to providing a balanced nutritional diet that your child will enjoy.  Our four weekly menu has been developed in consultation with the Heart Foundation of New Zealand.  Fresh fruit and vegetables will form part of every meal and drinking water will be available at all times.  By preparing the meals at the centre we hope to provide opportunities for children to learn about food and nutrition and why it is important to their health.  Allergies, food intolerances and special dietary requirements are a shared responsibility of children’s family and the centre.  If your child has special dietary requirements please talk with a staff member so that these can be accommodated.  Due to the severity of peanut allergies our centre is a NUT FREE ZONE.

Settling In

All children will be appointed a key caregiver who will be responsible for their routine, settling in, and profile book.  As we all know, settling into a new environment can be challenging and distressing to both child and parent.  Below are some ideas which can assist this transition period:

  • Arrange pre-visits for you and your child before your child’s expected attendance date;
  • At these visits get to know your child’s teachers and key caregiver;
  • If possible, stay during the first stages of transition until your child is settled into an activity or happy with a teacher or peer;
  • Parents are encouraged to say goodbye once and then leave, as frequent coming and going is unsettling for children.