Hours of operation
Hill Street Early Childhood Centre operates Monday to Friday, opening at 8:00am and closing at 5:15pm. We encourage families who have a child under the age of two to pick them up before 5:00pm.
We operate throughout the year; closing for public holidays, two teacher-only days, and a two-week break at Christmas. Fees are still paid during these holidays.
Generally the routine of the day is as follows:
|8:00am||Children start to arrive, and are welcomed and settled into the centre|
|Morning||Supervised play-based inquiry programme, with ākonga-led (student-led) exploration|
|9.30 AM||Rolling morning tea|
|11:15 AM||Whakapai and then a hui time – tidying the space then having a shared group time with peers|
|11:30 AM||First lunch served – younger Kea group|
|Noon||Second lunch served – older Tūī group|
|12:15 PM||Rest and sleep time for older children begins
Infants will sleep throughout the day depending on sleep patterns and needs.
Our older Tūī group have a quiet time in afternoon with focused activities suited to their ability-level. Regular excursions into the community are undertaken during this time
|3 PM||Rolling afternoon tea|
|Afternoon||Supervised play-based inquiry programme, with ākonga-led exploration|
|5:00, 5:15 PM||Centre closes for the day, for Under 2s and Over 2s|