How much does Geckos cost?
Our fee structure is based around the age of your child, number of days you are visiting, and whether your child is with us for half or full days. Feel free to visit one of our centres and we will happily talk you through our fee structure.
Do you offer 20 hours free education?
How many children are at the centre?
We have split our intake, by age, across our two centres (The Nest and Geckos) to ensure we can deliver age-appropriate care and learning to all our children. The Ministry of Education recommends a ratio of 1 teacher to every 5 children under 2 years old, and 1 Teacher for every 10 children aged 2+. We strive to find a better balance than this and work to ensure a 1:4 ratio for under 2 years and a 1:7 ratio for ages 2 and above.
Are the teachers qualified?
At any one time, at least 80% of staff on duty in our centres are fully qualified early childhood educators. The remaining teachers are undergoing their teaching qualifications.
How are my children protected from the outside elements?
Getting outdoors is important for health and wellbeing. To ensure our children are safe outside, we have purpose-built pay areas that provide shelter from rain and sun. Dressed appropriately, children can play in puddles, build sandcastles and stomp on fallen leaves, whilst remaining protected from the elements.
Are you open during statutory holidays?
No. We are closed on all the statutory holidays. We do not charge for these days.
What if my child gets sick?
If your child is unwell, we ask that he or she be kept at home. This is for the benefit of both your child and the other children at the centre. Please call us and let us know if your child is going to be absent and notify us if they have an infectious disease such as Chicken Pox, Hand Foot and Mouth or Conjunctivitis etc. Sick days are still charged for.
What should I pack in my child’s bag?
We encourage messy play at childcare, so it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes. In summer, all children need a sunhat. We provide sunscreen, but if you’d prefer to use your own, please pack that too. In winter, all children need a warm hat, jacket and waterproof footwear.
How will my pre-schooler be prepared for school?
Transitioning to school is a big deal for children and their parents. At Geckos, we will help ensure your child feels safe, confident and connected to their new school and friends. One of the ways we do this is by developing strong connections with our local primary, Whangarei Primary School. Even if your child transitions to another school, everyone benefits from spending time here, as we learn the typical routines of a school environment. We have an open door policy and encourage your child's new primary teacher to visit your child here at Geckos. We are also happy to assist you on school visits, should you want support.
What if my child doesn’t settle in?
Each child has different needs and some take longer than others to adjust to new environments. We like to work with you on the best strategy for your child. Feel free to book a visit and we can talk about what would work best for you.
How far in advance should I enrol my child?
In order for us to accommodate your child as best we can, we like to have as much notice as possible of your intention to enrol. Even if you’re not 100% committed yet, it’s worth filling in an enrolment form so we can guide you on availability and accommodate your requirements as much as possible.