ENROLMENT & FEES
We aim to make enrolment at our centre a positive experience for both you and your child. Please phone and make appointment to visit. Making a time ensures our Senior Staff are fully able to give you a guided tour and answer your questions. You will be required to complete an enrolment pack and provide ;
- Your child's birth certificate
- Immunisation record
- Deposit (1 weeks fees bond)
Before your child starts, we recommend familiarisation and settling visits, depending on your child's needs.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Our centres are open Monday - Friday from 7.30 am - 6 pm.
We close for three weeks over Christmas and Statutory days at Waitangi Day, Easter, ANZAC Day, Queens Birthday and Labour Day, Matariki.
Children over 2 years
for minimum of 9 hours
Children under 2 years
for minimum of 9 hours
Free ECE Hours
Optional Charges for 3 & 4 yrs olds
Morning and afternoon tea provided inclusive of fees
We require a minimum of 9 hours a week be attended, so that your child can receive the true benefits of our programme. Start time for morning sessions or full days is up until 9.30 am and 1.30pm for afternoon sessions. You are expected to attend for your booked times. Please ensure that the booked times are correct when you enrol as you will be charged for your booked times. Any attendance outside these times will be charged as extra. Parents are welcome to ring and see if casual spaces are available if required.
While we are flexible in our approach to meeting your needs we do require stability of enrolment. You are welcome to discuss your roster needs with us.
Please notify Preschool as soon as possible if your child is going to be absent. There are pink absent forms for you to complete if you know in advance that your child is going to be absent.
To maintain child continuity and consistent staffing levels, we offer 5 weeks pro-rata absent days, after this you will be charged for your full booked times. If you fail to inform us of your child's absence, either in advance or on the day, your full booked time will be charged.
20 HOURS FREE
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
All 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to 20 Hours Free ECE at Gladstone Preschool. The government provided funding to cover the basic cost of providing up to six hours per day, a total of twenty hours per week to all 3 & 4 year olds. Whilst the government provides funding to cover the basic cost of providing Free ECE, Gladstone Preschool exceed in many areas, the minimum standards of education and care as outlined in the Early Childhood Regulations. These areas include/span>
- Increased staff ratios - the government ratio for children 2 years and over is 1 adult to 10 children, we have a 1 to 7 ratio,
- Providing morning and afternoon teas - we have a healthy food philosophy that entails providing healthy, nutritious snacks to all children.
To support these above minimum standards parents have the option to pay an optional charge for Quality Education of $1.50 per hour for each hour of Free ECE they receive or a termly donation.
WORK & INCOME SUBSIDY
There is an income assessed subsidy for childcare available through Work & Income NZ. Please contact Work & Income for details. Subsidies are paid directly to the centre and deducted from your invoice.
To cover administration costs involved with processing of subsidies, an hourly absentee fee of the equivalent hourly subsidy will be charged if your child is absent.