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.

3D Concepts

Inspiring and empowering children in engineering. Taking children’s 3D designs and turning them into 3D concepts via a 3D printer, we help to create and watch their ideas grow from sketch to reality!

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Science & Technology
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Crumbles Ceramic Studio

Crumbles Ceramic Studio provides a safe and creative environment for children to paint ceramic pieces under the guidance of experienced staff. We have pieces to suit children of all ages and abilities. Children are given the confidence to try things they may never have had the confidence to do before!

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
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SoccerPlus NZ

Football is a game that should be enjoyed by anybody at any level and in any environment. Development is better achieved when you enjoy what you are doing. This is always our aim.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
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Kelly Sports Rodney

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

  • Rodney

Specialities

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

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

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Aotearoa Surf School

Aotearoa Surf School offers safe, fun surfing and paddle board lessons for all ages and skill levels, just over 60 minutes north of Auckland. Get the kids off the Xbox and into the water for surfing and paddle boarding fun and water safety with our school holiday, after school programmes and birthday parties!

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • Mangawhai
  • North Shore
  • Orewa
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
  • Water sports & activities
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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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Silverdale School OSCAR

Supervised after school and holiday programme for 5 to 13 year-olds who want to have fun and make friends in a safe, happy environment.

Location

  • Rodney

Speciality

  • Before/After School Care
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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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Auckland Netball Centre

Auckland Netball Centre is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor facility that offers afterschool and weekend netball clinics and holiday programmes for boys and girls of all ages at both our Main St Johns facility and our Mt Eden facility. Children will love the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in our fun and inclusive environment.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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