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.

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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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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Kelly Sports North Shore

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

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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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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Football for Children New Zealand

Football for Children is a professional soccer academy designed for boys and girls of all abilities from ages 3 and up. The program is centred on fun and enjoyment, with an emphasis on motor skill development, agility, and coordination. Players will have an action-packed footballing experience.

Locations

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

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Before/After School Care
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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Kelly Sports Auckland East

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

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Lake House Arts

Lake House Arts is the local arts and heritage learning centre for the North Shore community. Offering a comprehensive arts education program in line with the four school terms as well as weekend workshops, school holiday classes, arty birthday parties, and our ART experience program for Schools.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
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Wellington Phoenix Soccer School

Based in Auckland, the Wellington Phoenix Soccer School provides fun soccer programmes for boys and girls from the ages of 5 – 17 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
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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Creative Matters

Creative Matters provides workshops in art and music for children and teens after school and in the holidays. We provide quality learning and experiences to encourage creativity, enthusiasm for skills in visual art and music in a calm positive, nurturing environment.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
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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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