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3 months to 3 ½ years
3 ½ to 5 years

Things You Need to Know

Opening Hours

Hopscotch is open on weekdays from 8am to 5.15pm.  We’re closed for all New Zealand statutory holidays.  In addition, we close at Christmas from 24th December for two weeks.

Communication with Parents, Families & Whanau

At Hopscotch, we provide a number of means of communication through:

  • A supportive induction process.
  • Teachers regularly engaging in informal chats with parents and families/whanau.
  • Children’s profiles through Storypark Learning Stories and ePortfolios.
  • Celebrations;
  • Community events;
  • Newsletters.
  • Noticeboards.
  • The “Hopscotch Herald”
  • Private and open discussions.
  • Centre policies.

What to Bring

  • A named lunchbox and drink bottle.
  • A named hat and two spare sets of clothes.
  • Nappies and formula if your child needs them (we will provide wet wipes).
  • Bedding if your child has a daytime sleep (we will provide a bottom sheet for children who sleep in a bed).

Getting Involved

If you or your whanau would like to be involved in Hopscotch in any way, please let us know.  This could be things such as sharing your hobbies with the children, taking part in walks and trips or bringing in resources for our use.

Accounts

Invoices will be sent out weekly by email, or printed if we don’t have an email address.  Accounts are to be paid weekly (or otherwise by arrangement) by Eftpos, cash, cheque or direct credit.

Meals

Morning tea, afternoon tea and a late snack will be supplied by the centre.  Parents/caregivers must supply a healthy lunch in a named lunchbox, together with a named water bottle.

Emergency Preparations

Hopscotch has an Emergency Plan for the protection & care of children & staff in the event of emergencies which could affect the centre, such as fire, earthquake or flood.  Drills for the various types of emergencies are practised at least once a term & all children are taught how to protect themselves.  The centre has emergency supplies of first aid, food, water & other resources necessary for the care & support of children & staff for a limited time.  In the event of a major emergency, Hopscotch accepts responsibility for the care and welfare of your child until collected by you, or your nominated emergency custodian.  If the Hopscotch premises become inhabitable, we will care for your children at the Otorohanga College which is an authorised Civil Defence meeting point.