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Our kindergartens are very affordable


We offer the government's ‘20 Hours ECE’ scheme, so for most of our families, the cost of their child attending kindergarten is very low.


What does 20 Hours ECE (Early Childhood Education) mean?

Quite simply, because our kindergartens are teacher-led and provide service to 3-5 year olds, all you need to do is enrol your child and you can claim the 20 Hours ECE.


So, for up to six hours a day to a maximum of 20 hours per week, the cost of your child attending our kindergartens is largely covered, no matter how many hours you work or how much you earn.


From January 2011, we will be asking families to support us with a voluntary Whānau Payment of $0.50 per hour as a ‘top up’ for all of their 20 Hours ECE.  Cuts to Government funding mean that from 2011 they will only cover the cost of having 80% of our teachers qualified.  We believe this does not provide high quality ECE and are committed to operating with 100% trained and registered teachers.


Download our Fees and Whānau Payments Leaflet for further information.


Please note - Whānau Payments are classed as a donation by IRD. Your kindergarten will give you a receipt you can use to apply for a Tax Credit.


Download the IRD Tax Credit Fact Sheet for more information.


Download the IRD Tax Credit Claim Form


How do I claim my 20 Hours ECE?

Easy. We’ll ask you to complete some details on our Enrolment Form when your child starts at kindergarten. These details tell the Ministry of Education how you are going to use your child’s 20 Hours ECE.  As soon as we have this and you’ve completed a full Enrolment Form, you can receive the 20 Hours ECE – there is no waiting period.


What if my child attends more than one early childhood education service?

Your child can use your entitlement to 20 Hours ECE across more than one early childhood education service, as long as their attendance across all services is no more than 6 hours per day, up to 20 hours per week.


Additional information on ‘20 Hours ECE’ is available on the Parents section of the Ministry of Education’s website.

Kindergarten Fees

If your child attends kindergarten for more than 20 hours a week, or you are spreading your 20 Hours ECE across more than one early childhood centre, you will be charged a fee for the additional hours.


From January 2011 this is $3.50 inc GST per hour.  Families with more than one child, who use their full 20 Hours ECE with us for all their children at kindergarten, will be charged a discounted rate of $2.50 per hour.

Getting help with your fees

You may be able to get a WINZ Childcare Subsidy to help with the payment of your fees. To find out if your family qualifies:
• Ask at your kindergarten for a WINZ brochure
• Call WINZ on 0800 774 004
• Visit www.workandincome.govt.nz

How much will I end up paying?

This will depend on how you choose to use your 20 Hours ECE, how many children you have and the number of hours they spend at kindergarten.


Download our Fees and Whanau Payments Leaflet to see examples that will help you work it out.