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
9.30 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