We are open and licensed Monday to Friday 730AM to 5.30Pm, however our core educational programme runs from 8.30AM to 3:30 pm. Please discuss a start and finish time with you senior teacher on enrolment.
While children are required to attend sessions, or a full day, fees and surcharges are charged by the hour for the duration of the session for ease of calculation. Session durations are:
Children are required to be enrolled for a minimum of two sessions per week.
Statements/Invoices are emailed at the beginning of each month. You may pay weekly, or fortnightly or monthly in advance. Outstanding fees and charges after this date will incur a charge (see over page).
20 Hours ECE:
20 Hours ECE (up to 6 hours per day and 20 hours per week) is available at Somerset Smyth for children over the age of three years. You are not required to pay the fees outlined above for the ECE hours that your child is receiving. Instead you are asked for an optional Quality Education Surcharge of $3.95 per hour for the duration of sessions enrolled.
Full fees/surcharges are charged for absences except:
If your child will be absent for an extended time you are able to use outstanding holiday allocation (see holidays above). If you require your child’s spaces to be saved after this time you will be charged a retaining fee of 20% of your regular weekly charges. This will ensure that your child is able to return to preschool for the same hours and days on his/her return.
If space allows extra sessions may be available. These will be included on your next invoice. When your child attends an extra session, enrolment information will need to be altered.
Two weeks notice (or two weeks fees/surcharges) is required when withdrawing your child. If fees/surcharges have been paid in advance a refund (less any notice required) will be paid.
If permanent changes are made to the days that your child attends:
To operate efficiently we require that fees/surcharges be paid on time. Unless prior arrangement has been made with the manager, fees not paid by the end of each month will be forwarded to Debt Management Services. Any debt recovery costs will be added to the balance owed. Consistent late payment or non-payment of fees will result in the termination of your child’s enrolment.
Should an emergency occur and you are unable to collect your child on time please phone us. Staff will remain with your child until you arrive. Consistent lateness, however, will incur a charge of $10.00 per day.
You may be eligible for a subsidy from Work and Income New Zealand to assist you pay fees. A WINZ Subsidy is an agreement between WINZ and your family, and thus, it is up to families to notify WINZ if changes occur to your child’s attendance agreement. It is dependent upon your income and family size. Recent changes to threshold earnings have enabled some of our families who were not previously eligible to now be so. You will need to ring WINZ to ask for an application form which will need to be brought to kindergarten for us to verify and sign.
** Please note that you cannot receive a WINZ subsidy if your child is receiving the 20 hours ECE. A WINZ subsidy is only able to be claimed when you are paying full fees.