Parent Information


Opening Hours:

The Barnyard is open from 7:30 AM until 5:45 PM. The centre will not be open on public holidays and will shut down for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period. The Barnyard will be operating as an all day centre and will be offering the 20 ECE hours Ministry of Education subsidy for 3 and 4 year olds as well as WINZ subsidies.


Fees for under 3                          Fees for over 3

$6.75 an hour                             $6.75 an hour

Capped at $230 a week             Capped at $130 a week
A child’s booking must be for no less then 2 days a week, minimum hours 6 hours per day.

WINZ Subsidies: Childcare subsidies are available through Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ). Childcare fees are to be paid in full by the parent/caregiver until payment is received from WINZ.

20 ECE Hours: All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for the Ministry of Education subsidy which is capped at a daily hourly rate of 6 hours a day and 20 hours a week. If a child attends for longer then 6 hours a day they will be charged at the normal hourly rate.

Optional Charge: The Barnyard provides a higher level of services than is required by the Ministry of Education Early Childhood Regulations. The funding received for 20 ECE hours is not sufficient to cover our additional services. We ask that parents contribute towards our costs and agree to pay the optional change of $1 per hour for each hour of free ECE received at The Barnyard on their child’s enrolment form.


Helpful Information:

Meals: We supply the children’s morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack after 4 pm. We have a full time cook who creates nutritious meals for all of our children. Our children are actively involved in growing fruit and vegetables in our large onsite garden. Harvested fruit and vegetables are incorporated into the children’s daily meals. The daily menu is displayed on the wall in the reception area.

The Barnyard Menu Week One
The Barnyard Menu Week Two

Nappies: The Barnyard supplies nappies for all of our enrolled children.

Medication: If your child is on antibiotics please keep them home for the first 24 hours. If your child requires medication while attending the centre, you will need to complete a medication administration form for each day that the medicine is required.

Sun Hats and Beanies: Named hats and beanies can be ordered from reception. These come in a range of different colours and sizes. Hats are $15, beanies are $13. These will be invoiced to your account.

Wet Weather Gear: These can be ordered from reception, Jacket & Overalls sets $58, Jacket $35, Overalls $30

Wet Bags: These can be ordered from reception, they are $13.50. These come embroidered with your child’s name and come in a selection of colours.