The Happy Feet Early Childcare Centre is open 7.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
For your convenience, we are open 52 weeks of the year but closed on public holidays. Please note that advance bookings are necessary over the Christmas/New Year period.
20 hours ECE
The Government funds the cost of children aged 3-5 years to attend early childhood education (ECE) for up to 20 hours a week. This funding is called 20 Hours ECE and is available for up to six hours a day for children in approved programmes, like KIDSpace.
Childcare Subsidies & WINZ
Don’t forget to check for any subsidies you are entitled to!
The Childcare Subsidy may still be available if you need extra hours on top of 20 Hours ECE.
Every child aged 0-3 whose household income is less than a certain threshold is entitled to a 9 hour subsidy from WINZ. If all the adults in the house are working or studying, and not earning more than these thresholds, you may be entitled to more hours of subsidy from WINZ.
You can read more about it on the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education and WINZ websites: