Under 3's now get up to 10 Hours Free
If you've been thinking of enrolling at Grow, now's your chance to get your place secured.
To help you along, we're offering one day free for children 3 and under (limited spaces available).
Parent Information Grow ECE
This information is a summary of our Grow ECE Parents Information Booklet, which is available for download here. It's important that you read the complete Parents Information Booklet as it contains information not shown here
Open: 7.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
We are closed on public holidays
Hikurani Room: Age: 0 - 2 Years
Our Hikurangi room is for our 0-2 year old children. This specially designed environment provides a nurturing and safe place where children feel secure. There is a lovely area for non-walking children, where they are free to move safely in their own time and without the worry of older children being present. Our toddlers have a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities that encourage their own emergent interests. We encourage your child to build on their routines and independence and teachers are close at hand to support and guide your child to develop their communication and social interaction skills through daily routines and activities. Children will have every opportunity to reach their developmental milestones and our team works closely with whānau/parents/caregivers to provide a similar routine as to what is happening at home.
Mangatawa Room: Age: 2 - 4 Years
In our Mangatawa room we have our 2-4 year old children. Our 2-4 year old children are continuing to be encouraged with self management skills and to make the most of having fun as they play and learn. As the children get older we endeavor to develop a continuing desire for learning. We foster growing great relationships and learning habits.
Preschool: Age: 4 - 5 Years
Getting ready for school is a big and exciting change for our kids. Our focus on preparing for this change includes pre-visits to schools so your child can become familiar with the classroom routines and playground. Transitioning to school is a big event in a child’s life and we aim to make this process as smooth as possible. Our programme includes opportunities for developing school readiness skills that the local schools have indicated they would like children to have.
One of the joys of parenting is watching your child’s progression and development as they learn to navigate our world. At Grow, we want you to be as involved as possible so we work hard to record your child’s journey.
A learning story book for each child is created and cultivated throughout their time with us, and becomes a cherished and valued document later in life. The learning story book is yours to keep when your child leaves our centre along with all the additional photos and stories of your child’s time with us.
In addition to your child’s learning story book, we also take advantage of technology such as “Storypark”. You’ll experience more of your child’s day as we send you updates, photos and videos, allowing you to interact with staff and teachers. You own and administer your child’s account along with all the photos, videos and content and is yours to keep forever.
Sometimes when your family starts a new Centre it is not always easy. You or your child may find leaving each other quite hard. Our wonderful staff will do everything to make this time gentle and talk to you about strategies to help with drop off. Together we can decide on a teacher who your child relates to and they will help settle your child in every day.
Your child needs to feel safe and secure with us and we need to form a relationship as well. It can often take up to two weeks, sometimes longer for children to settle and become confident with their new environment.
Once your child settles in then, they’re away. The other children are excellent motivators and it doesn’t take long before your child is joining in on all the activities.
We ask that you bring your child in for 3 pre-visits; there is no cost, but you will need to stay for the visit. Pre-visits enables you and your child an opportunity to familiarise with the centres environment, routines, other children and staff. Phone or see the Centre Administrator or Room Leader to organise a pre-visit day, time and length of stay.
When dropping your child off, please
• Ensure your child has enough nappies for the day (if needed)
• Provide your child with a healthy nutritious lunch
• Provide breast or formula milk and babies bottle (suitable and enough)
• Favourite comfort item (optional)
• Provide enough comfortable and suitable, named clothing and footwear that doesn’t restrict your child’s enjoyment and participation.
Young children learn through creative play, and this kind of play can be messy. They’ll get paint on their clothes and Playdough in their hair, so dress them in clothes that are comfortable, easily washed and suitable for active play.
• We suggest at least two complete changes of clothes
• In the summer, please ensure your child has a clearly named sunhat
• In the winter, please ensure your child has a warm jacket, hat and gumboots
The safety of your child is paramount and your child can only be released to the care of an authorised person who is identified on your enrolment form.
It is extremely important for the health and safety of your child that we have accurate sign-in and sign-out records. When dropping off and pickup up your child you will need to sign in, using your full name and enter the current time.
Please be on time to pick up your child as we close at 5.30pm daily. A fee of $1.00 for every 5 minutes may be charged for late pick-ups.
The Government provides funding for children aged 3 – 5 years old. The cost of your 3-5 year-old child attending Grow can be fully funded for a maximum of six hours per day for 20 hours per week. To utilize the 20 Hours Free, you will need to complete an attestation form which is available at reception.
WINZ or Work and Income can help pay for part or most of your child’s fees.
The Ministry of Social Development offers support which provides assistance with fees and enables a parent’s choices of employment, training and time out.
It’s common for people to be surprised to find out that they are eligible for some, if not all of the subsidy coverage available for early childhood care. Families with a total household income under $90,000 are eligible for WINZ Subsidies.
WINZ Subsidy Application forms are available from our Office Administrator on request. When submitting your filled out WINZ subsidy application form to the WINZ office, please ask for a stamped copy of the front page and return it to our office. Application forms are sometimes misplaced by WINZ and by keeping a copy you will be able to prove that you have submitted the application form.
Methods of Payment:
We don’t accept cash or credit card. However, payment can be made through automatic payments, online banking or direct debit.
Casual accounts are paid on the day of attendance - unless special arrangements have been made with the centre.
Weekly and daily accounts are paid on or before the Friday of week attended.
Full and part time accounts are to be paid weekly.
Enrolments must be for a minimum of 2 days per week per child. Your child will need to attend a minimum of 4 hours each time they are left in our care.
Where you are enrolling only for the 20 Hours Free (no additional hours of care) bookings are offered for two sessions a day. These sessions run from 8am – 12pm and 12pm – 4pm.