Holiday & out of school care

School is out! Now what?

Unfortunately the working hours of parents and caregivers don’t revolve around school timetables. Often parents need to be at work before school starts and well after school lets out. However, many schools will only accept responsibility for your child’s care between 8:30 am and 3:15 pm. (Times may vary between schools so check with your child’s school).

It is illegal for a parent or caregiver to leave any child under the age of 14 years alone for an unreasonable time or under conditions which are unreasonable, without adequate supervision and care. What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on many factors.

For many households before/after-school care and holiday care is a necessity.

Before/After school care

All before and after school service providers on this site are responsible for taking your child to school (if the service is not on school grounds) and/or collecting your child from school. Hours of availability vary between services.

If cost is an issue, a subsidy may be available for OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) approved programmes. To qualify for an OSCAR Subsidy you must be:

  • the main carer of a dependant child
  • without a partner who can provide childcare (e.g. they are also working)
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • earning less than the maximum current rates set by Work and Income.

And your child must be:

  • aged five to 13 years old (or up to 18 years if you receive a Child Disability Allowance for them)
  • attending an approved OSCAR programme for three or more hours a week.

Holiday care

During the course of the school year, parents and caregivers with a minimum leave entitlement can expect four weeks paid annual leave and up to 11 days off as statutory holidays.

Schools are out for approximately 13 weeks per year leaving parents with a big shortfall in paid leave available to cover time off for looking after children. Even in two parent households where some leave may be taken at different times, outside help supervising the children is still needed. Holiday programmes which cater especially for the needs of children and families when school is out are an essential service.

A wide variety of options are available to cater for all children’s needs, interests and abilities. General programmes are usually open to all children within a particular age range and will often include a variety of different activities.  Specialised holiday programmes are usually restricted and are intended to develop a particular skill, talent or interest, or to address a particular need of a child or young person.

Before booking your child into a specialised programme you need to be aware of:

The duration of the programme: These vary so you will need to be sure that your chosen programme will meet your child care needs.

The intended goal:  Some programmess have clear goals which your child will be expected to work towards. Some goals may require a time or cost commitment beyond the holiday programme duration.

Any restrictions which may apply:  Specialised programmes are more likely to have restrictions regarding age, ability or other required pre-requisites. Some programmes do accept beginners or offer introductory courses designed to encourage your child to take up the new activity after the programme has ended.

Availability: As many specialised programmes are in heavy demand, it may be advisable to book your child’s place well in advance of the school holidays.

If cost is an issue, OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) subsidies may be available for up to 50 hours per week for OSCAR approved holiday programmes.

FoodStorm

FoodStorm is a unique cooking programme developed by sKids, with support from the New Zealand Heart Foundation for children aged 5 – 13. FoodStorm teaches kids how to cook as well as the fundamentals of nutrition. Armed with a colourful kid-safe cooking kit we deliver the FoodStorm experience within our programmes.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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Kelly Sports Papakura/Franklin

At Kelly Sports, we teach children fundamental sporting skills in an awesome, fun-filled environment. Our philosophy is to encourage children's enthusiasm for sport and the life skills it teaches.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Kelly Club West Auckland

At Kelly Club we believe in giving children opportunities to do the things they love and enjoy in a supportive and encouraging environment. Kelly Clubs are OSCAR programmes and are approved by the Ministry and Social Development and align to our national policies and procedures.

Locations

  • Avondale / Kelston
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Holiday Programmes
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Allan Brewster Leisure Centre

Allan Brewster Leisure Centre is one of Auckland’s largest recreation complexes with a sports stadium, fitness centre, group exercise, kid’s activities and more. We offer everything from toddler gymnastics through to basketball, social sports and recreation for the elderly with programmes designed for various ages, fitness levels and abilities.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Bones, Muscles & Joints
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Injuries & Rehabilitation
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Performance Nutrition & Healthy Eating
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Karaka Learning Centre

Karaka Learning Centre, where outstanding care & education is interwoven. It is the uniqueness of our centre & the quality of services provided by our highly-trained educators that contribute to your child’s learning & well-being.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Childcare Centres
  • Holiday & out of school care
  • Holiday Programmes
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sKids Devonport

Skids Devonport, where the safety and care of your child is our number one priority. If you’re looking for a safe, structured and fun environment for your children then you’ve come to the right place.

Locations

  • Devonport / Takapuna
  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
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sKids Hamilton East Primary

We are a family of families dedicated to growing AWESOME kiwi kids. At sKids Hamilton East we offer affordable out of school care to primary school children. We consider it a great privilege to support parents, schools and communities.

Locations

  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
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MY F.C Football School

Based in Auckland, the MY FC Football School provides fun soccer programmes for boys and girls from the ages of 5 – 12 years of age. We work on developing players of all ability levels and providing programmes to cater for player’s individual wants and needs.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • North Shore
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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Kelly Club NZ North Shore

At Kelly Club we believe in giving children opportunities to do the things they love and enjoy in a supportive and encouraging environment. Kelly Clubs are OSCAR programmes and are approved by the Ministry and Social Development and align to our national policies and procedures.

Locations

  • Devonport / Takapuna
  • East Coast Bays
  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Holiday Programmes
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Brain Play

Brain Play is a new and innovative education company that aims to introduce students aged 5 to 15 Years of all abilities to technology topics such as coding, robotics, electronics, and 3D printing. Technology is everywhere in our current world and we believe all Kiwi kids should have a chance to learn about and experience the amazing opportunities technology can provide us with.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Science & Technology
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