FAQ about our Christian based child care centre
What is your early childhood philosophy?
In a nutshell Future Kids preschool is:
There are mat times, learning times, bible and worship times, school readiness program, meal times and free play times.
Teachers provide learning opportunities, guidance, develop interests etc.
The Bible forms the basis of our Christian faith and a biblical worldview is interwoven into all aspects of our curriculum.
We intentionally develop the character of children.
We believe in shepherding the heart of a child not simply modifying behaviour. We coach children to take responsibility for their actions, to ask forgiveness and to restore relationship or put right what went wrong.
Kindergarten vs Preschool
The term Kindergarten has become widely used to refer to any early childhood education of 3 and 4 year olds. Traditionally, this education is free, it is sessional, has qualified teachers and these are paid by the Ministry of Education.
Preschools offer education too but may also include younger children and be either sessional or all day centre and provide education as well as childcare or day care. They are typically privately or community owned and are not part of the Kindergarten Association.
Can I visit the centre?
Parents and caregivers are welcome to visit at any stage during the day.
What should I do if my child cries when I leave?
Most children calm down within 5 minutes after a parent leaves. The staff will happily work out a plan with you should you need support in this area. They will also let you know soon after you leave how your child is doing.
What should I do if my child is sick?
Please don’t send a sick child to preschool.
If your child contracts a contagious sickness please notify us.
The stand down time for vomiting or diarrhoea is 48 hours after the last incident.
We promote healthy eating and encourage children to start with their healthy choices first. Treat foods are limited to 1 per day. (Please see the parent handbook for creative healthy lunch ideas for pre-schoolers).
How can I stay in touch with what my child is doing at preschool?
Your child will be assigned to a whanau group and the teacher responsible will write several learning stories capturing your child’s learning and development. These will be made available to you through EDUCA, an online platform which you can also share with family. These stories will also be printed off and placed in your child’s profile book which is kept in the centre.
Attendance at preschool
Future Kids Preschool is open all year except for a brief shutdown over Christmas and New Year.
Children will be billed for all booked hours.
Sign-in policy: Anyone signing in your child needs to be age 16 or older. The exact time of drop off should be entered or the sign in sheet or on the tablet.
Early Drop-off and Late pick-ups: We have to ensure at all times we have the correct ratio of staff to children in the centre. Early drop-off and late pick-ups can affect this and put us out of ratio (meaning too many children and too few staff). Please always inform us if you know you’re going to be late so we can reassure your child. A fee of $15 for every 15 minutes will be applied to both early drop-offs and late pick-ups. If a child is consistently dropped early or picked up late you will be required to alter your booking to reflect the actual time and pay the necessary hourly rate.
Frequent Absences: At any time that Ministry of Education Funding for your child is stopped by MOE due to continuous absence of 3 weeks or a pattern of absence over a period of time you become responsible to pay the current hourly rate for all hours booked from the date funding stopped.
Withdrawals: If you wish to move or withdraw your child from Future Kids Preschool for any reason, other than going to primary school, written notice is required 2 weeks prior to their last day.
What if I can’t pick up my child? Can someone else do it? All those listed on your enrolment form can pick up your child. Please also inform a teacher where possible.
Fees and payments
These are reviewed annually in February by the Future Kids Board and increases are implemented at the start of April. Please phone the centre for our prices.
We appreciate fees paid a week in advance. This can be done by direct debit or paying cash in the centre. Weekly invoices are sent out by email. Where fees are in arrears we reserve the right to stop your childs’ place until the debt is cleared.
Fees are charged for all bookings, including absences. No fees are charged for Public holidays and the end of year shutdown when the centre is closed.