Daily Routine

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.

Daily routine

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
9.45am Rolling morning tea
11:15am Hui time – a shared group time with peers
11:30am First lunch served – younger Kea group
12:00 noon Second lunch served – older Tūī group
12:15pm 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 age-level. Regular excursions into the community are undertaken during this time

3pm Rolling afternoon tea
Mid-afternoon Supervised play-based inquiry programme, with ākonga-led exploration
5:15 pm Centre closes for the day