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.

Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre

Theres something for everyone at Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre, from babies and toddlers to Grandma and Grandpa! With recreation programmes, pools, sports and much more, its the place to be!

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
  • Water sports & activities
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Kelly Sports Central & South Waitakere

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

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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HBC Youth Centre

The Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre is a non-profit organization working to empower and strengthen youth and families through challenging activities, support services, employment, advocacy, education and training.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Bullying
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Social Skills
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SOS Survival Training

SOS Survival Training offers wilderness survival training to ages 7 years and up. They will have the time of their life during an action-packed survival experience from a real life military instructor. Helping children develop confidence, develop leadership qualities and engage in active problem solving within a safe and exciting learning environment.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
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AUT Millennium

We provide world-class swimming facilities and highly trained swim teachers for children of all ages learning to swim, those who are at a competitive level and everyone in-between!

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
  • Water sports & activities
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Tim Bray Productions

Tim Bray Productions is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre for children, producing four world-class shows per year mainly based on New Zealand stories at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna. Our shows, Youth Theatre and Gift a Seat programmes are geared around making theatre accessible to all children and young people and inspiring them in a love for literature and the performing arts.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Learning
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Speech and Language
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Peter Snell Youth Village

Our interdenominational Christian camp offers a fun, safe & disciplined environment for children aged 8 to 13.

Location

  • Rodney

Speciality

  • Holiday Programmes
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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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Dream Au Pair

Wouldn't it be great to have someone care for your children, helping them grow and develop in their own home environment, the way we did when we were kids? Dream Au Pair offers you just that!

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Babysitting Services
  • Before/After School Care
  • In-home childcare
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BFF Adventureland

At BFF Adventureland & Cafe we are an exciting children’s indoor play land, providing a safe, secure and stimulating play environment catering for children from 0-12. With play equipment including a 16m x 9m frame, ride on animals and bouncy obstacle course for children and adults alike. We offer Before/After school care, holiday programmes, birthday parties and private venue hire, with a cafe onsite.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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