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.

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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Collective Talents

At Collective Talents we are a working and teaching studio which inspires creativity and design. Specialising in providing sewing lessons we also make custom design products in fabrics, clay and jewellery.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre

Run, jump, play! Get active the way you want at the Ōtara Pool & Leisure Centre. Whether you’re interested in playing in a team, increasing your confidence in the water or enjoying our before or afterschool programmes – with our aquatics, recreational, fitness and childcare programmes under one roof, you’re sure to find ways to keep the whole family active and having fun.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Bones, Muscles & Joints
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
  • Water sports & activities
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Discovery for Teens

Powerful, fun and incredibly successful programmes that all children, teenagers and their parents deserve to know about! Discovery gives young people the tools to enable them to get the best out of life and to deal effectively with life’s challenges.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Bullying
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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SMINKS LABS

SMINKS LABS is an educational robotics solution encouraging learning through discover and making things physically in a social environment. Constructive engineering education at the grassroots, making it the ideal educational robotic solution. Everything we do, it is for purpose of making us better people.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Holiday Programmes
  • Science & Technology
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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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 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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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 KingsWay & Sunnynook

An Out of School Program that offers both a structured and free play environment. Weekly themes designed to educate, entertain and inspire your child. Children in our care learn socialisation skills, gain resilience, and are taught what respect looks like, sounds like and feels like.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Creative Arts
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Social Skills
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West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre

West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre is your community base for everything active. With a huge pool complex, wave pool, lap pool, recreation centre, swim school and fitness centre we can help you get active your way.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Before/After School Care
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Performance Nutrition & Healthy Eating
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
  • Pre-employment, Careers & Life Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
  • Water sports & activities
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