0 to 2 Years

  • Fees - 4 months to 3 years

    Kindy Cottage is open from 7.30am to 5.30pm. For children aged under 3 years there are 3 different length of day options available; a full day, 8 hour day (8am to 4pm) or a 6 hour day with flexible start and finish times. There is a minimum of 2 days per week that your child should be enrolled at Kindy Cottage.  The fees that apply depend on how many days per week your child is enrolled for. The fees below are inclusive of GST.

    For children attending full days the fee schedule is:

    5 days - $261 per week

    4 days - $228

    3 days - $195

    2 days - $137

    An extra full day is $69

    For children attending Kindy Cottage for an 8 hour day the fee schedule is:

    5 days - $241 per week

    4 days - $207

    3 days - $180

    2 days - $127

    An extra eight hour day is $64

    For children attending Kindy Cottage for a 6 hour flexi day the fee schedule is:

    5 days - $231 per week

    4 days - $197

    3 days - $164

    2 days - $111

    An extra six hour day is $58


    Family Discount

    A 10% discount applies when two or more children from the same family attend the centre. The discount does not apply if one of the children is participating in the 20 hours ECE scheme.

    Childcare Subsidy
    The Centre Manager has information about WINZ subsidies, please ask if you think you may be eligible.

    You can contact Work and Income to see whether you are eligible for a subsidy for childcare costs, view this link to go to the Working for Families website:
    http://www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz/

  • Philosophy - Caterpillars (0 to 2.5 years)

    In Caterpillars we base our teachings on the theories of Magda Gerber where respect is our primary focus. By providing a calm, safe, inviting play space we empower the children to be who they are. Our days are unhurried and we are respectful to each child during times of transition for meals, nappy change and learning experiences. We use effective communication to encourage positive interactions throughout the day. By offering the children space, time, and the support to be themselves they learn to explore and discover the world in their own unique way. 

    We value the emergent curriculum and individual dispositions and interests. Children have the opportunity to learn at their own pace which is documented through each child’s individual learning portfolio. We provide resources which enhance the children’s imagination and creativity, as well as the opportunity to participate in areas of arts, crafts and sensory experiences. Our programme follows the national early childhood curriculum document (Te Whàriki).

  • Programme

    In Caterpillars we encourage child initiated learning through play and structured experiences. Teachers observe a child’s interest and disposition, and develop learning opportunities on these interests. Each day different learning opportunities are available including sensory centred play, art, music, dance and interacting with the outdoors.  Kindy Cottage encourages independence and acknowledges individual learning styles of each child. If a child has a sibling in the older age group there are opportunities during the day for the children to spend time together.

    Morning tea is available from 9.30am and lunch is at 11.30am. Children are encouraged to be independent at the dining table,  sit on chairs, and use cutlery and crockery. The daily routines for sleeping and feeding are the same as those at home. Children are able to sleep or rest in their own full size cot.