We ask that parents adhere to their booked hours when dropping off and picking up your child. 10 minutes either side of your child’s booking can result in the Centre being over the teacher/child ratio and not meeting the strict Ministry of Education requirements. It will also result in the parent incurring an ‘Out of Hours’ penalty fee, as per our Attendance and Related Charges policy (a copy of which is included in the enrolment pack).
Day Sheet/Sign In Sheet
The Day Sheet, also referred to as the sign in sheet, is located in the foyer when you enter the Centre. When you drop off and pick up your akonga from the Centre we ask that you write the time and initial in the space provided beside your child’s name. This sheet assists with invoicing and roll call in case of an emergency.
Picking Up Arrangements
Safety for our children is paramount, please be aware that we will not let your child leave our Centre with anyone else apart from you, the parent/caregiver, unless they are authorised on your child’s enrolment form to do so. If you require someone other than those on your list, you will need to include them on your child’s enrolment form before the pick up is arranged. If you are unable to adjust the form, we require written confirmation via email.
Refer to our Attendance and Related Charges Policy for the required notification periods and associated charges.
Frequent Absent Rule ~ A child’s attendance must match their enrolment agreement for at least half (i.e. 50 percent or more) of each calendar month. This rule is governed by the Ministry of Education which impacts the funding our Centre receives. If your child’s booking falls under this rule then the Centre may have to look at adjusting your child’s booking to reflect their attendance.
We ask that parents DO NOT park up the Centre’s driveway.
This is a restriction governed under the Centre’s Resource Consent which allows access to staff and emergency services and also provides for safety reasons for both children coming to and from our Centre as well as for children attending the neighbouring primary school, The Terrace. The street can get very busy between 8.30am – 9am and 2.50pm – 3.10pm, making it very difficult to reverse out of the driveway.
Some parents like to provide a treat for their child to share with the other children when it is their birthday, whether it is birthday cake, ice blocks, baking, fruit etc. On these occasions, we ask that parents keep in mind that we are a nut free centre so not to provide anything with nuts. We also have some children that have other food allergies and while we don’t expect you to cater for them if you could please inform the Centre if there is gluten/dairy in the goodies provided it would be appreciated.
If your child requires medication to be administered while they are in the Centre’s care, please notify a staff member directly outlining what is required then write the instructions on the Medication Register which is located on the kitchen wall above the food trolley. Please note that in our Centre’s Medication and Allergies Procedure, Pamol will only be administered at the request of parents for the relief of teething pain. If your child requires Pamol for any other reason, they should remain at home.
Change in Hours Notification
Email is the easiest and most convenient way to change your child’s hours, however, you can also ring the Centre, (448 7641) between 9 am – 3 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and talk to the Office Manager. It is very easy for messages to go astray when teachers are on the floor so we cannot guarantee your request will be actioned if you pass the message on to one of them. Hours, both permanent & casual, can be changed where space is available. The Centre’s licence means we can take no more than 31 children at any one time but we have decided to cap this at 28 per day to keep the numbers lower and is based on teacher/child ratios during certain periods of the day.
If your child is unwell, they should not attend the Centre.
The following are guidelines that we follow, as recommended by the Public Health Nurse:-
Has had signs of being unwell i.e. grizzly, unsettled, listless or tired
Has a high temperature or appears very hot
Is complaining of, or appears to have a sore tummy, throat or ears
Has a continuous cough
Has or has had diarrhoea in the past 48hrs
Is vomiting or has vomited in the past 48hrs
Has weeping eyes and/or a yellow discharge around the eyes
Has broken skin sores
Has become ill with a communicable disease i.e. chickenpox
If you are unsure when your child is able to return to the Centre after an illness, please feel free to contact us to discuss.
Quality education and care for children from birth to five
Centre Closing Dates for 2021
8th February - Waitangi Day (observed)
22nd March - Otago Anniversary Day
2nd April - Good Friday
5th April - Easter Monday
26th April - Anzac Day (observed)
4th June - Teacher Only Day
7th June - Queen's Birthday
25th October - Labour Day
Christmas Closure: last day being Thursday 23rd December 2021, Reopening Monday 10th January 2022
We will be closed on Friday 4th June 2021 & Friday 7th January 2022 for Teacher Only Days
Please note there is not and never has been a charge for Public Holidays, Christmas holidays or any other unforeseen closure made by us.
2021 Governance Committee Meeting Schedule
3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 6.30pm
Tuesday 19th January – “Committee/Staff Catchup”
Tuesday 16th February
Tuesday 16th March
Tuesday 20th April AGM
Tuesday 18th May
Tuesday 22nd June
Tuesday 20th July
Tuesday 17th August
Tuesday 21st September
Tuesday 19th October
Tuesday 16th November
December – No Meeting
Upon your child being enrolled an enrolment form must be completed and signed with an accompanying birth certificate or passport and immunisation record which will be kept on file. You will also need to sign a booking form authorising your child’s booked hours.
A $20 non-refundable one-off payment is required on enrolment.
Work & Income subsidy
Work and Income (WINZ) subsidies are available to assist with meeting the cost of childcare. You can contact WINZ on 0800 559 009 or apply online via their website. Click the link below to go to their website, you can find out more and see if you are eligible.
20 hours free ECE
We offer up to 20 hours free for all 3 – 5 year old children, please discuss with our administrator or Senior Teacher for your requirements. Click the link below to find out more about 20 hours free ECE.