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Childcare Centre

Childcare Centre

The SIT Childcare Centre is welcoming, friendly and safe.

The Centre operates under the umbrella of SIT but we are a community based. Our Centre is open to all children 0-6 years.

We aim to work in partnership with children, parents/whanau to build strong, trusting, open relationships that will allow the children to become independent, confident, active explorers, contributing to their own learning in an environment that is filled with challenging experiences, laughter and fun.

We are 95% qualified staff. Our Centre believes in quality education and care, so we have above the Ministry required staff/child ratio’s. Our teaching teams have been together for a number of years which means we have stability and huge amount of experience and knowledge.

Phone: (03) 218 3604 - Bookings are essential.
Location: Corner of Ness and Eye Streets


Ka whakarato tātou i tētahi taiao haumaru me he taiao  poipoi me te wero hoki 

i runga i ngā akoranga torotoro me te ngākau nui ki te whakakaha i ngā whakahoahoa 

i te taha o ngā tamariki me ngā whanau hoki. Nā roto i ngā kōrero tuwhera, te whakaute, 

me te whakawhirinaki. He mea nui kia matou ki te whakamana

ngā iwi rerekē katoa o te hāpori nei, ā, ki te whai i te ngākau nui ki te ako i roto i ngā tamariki katoa.

Kia Ora, 

We provide a safe, nurturing and challenging environment based on 

exploration and intentional teaching, where strong partnerships 

with tamariki and whanau are created through open communication, respect, and trust. 

We value our culturally diverse community and aim to foster a love of learning in all children.

Live, strive, succeed

7.45 am-5.15 pm, Monday to Friday.
The centre is closed for Public Holidays and 3 weeks over Christmas/New Year.

$6.20 per hour / $195 per week (for 35 hours or more over 5 days) or $102 (for 3-6 years old) (35 of more hours per week over 5 days)

Centre offers 20 ECE hours. 

Includes: Morning and afternoon tea, soundproof sleeping rooms, inside and outside play areas.

Conditions for the set rate are:
Actual attendance must be 35 hours plus per week. The set rate applies regardless of Public Holidays, days off, shortened hours or teacher only days (maximum of one per year)

Childcare Subsidy:

There is a subsidy available through Work and Income New Zealand. This is based on personal circumstances and income - more information here: 

The Centre follows strict Covid Guidelines and these will change from time to time depending on Government advice, please check with the Centre if you are unsure before you visit.

We use storypark as a tool to share, record and communicate learning as it happens by sharing photos, video, audio, observations and routines within a secure online environment.

Being centrally located we regularly provide the children with the opportunity to explore their local environment and make connections to the community, including regular outings to our version “Bush School”

We are licenced for 74 children and have 3 separate rooms (0-2) – (2-3.5) and (3.5-6) for age appropriate play and exploration including extra large  separate outdoor spaces

Our Parent Support committee is coordinate by parents/whanau that attend the centre. The committee is a voice that enables parents to be actively involved in the decision making and review process of policies and procedures for the centre to ensure expectations and outcomes for the children can be met. Our committee is also involved with fundraising for special events such as the Disco, Christmas Party and for “special” equipment/resources.