Centre Hours

We are open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:30pm

We offer full time and part time care for infants, toddlers and young children aged 0 – 5 years.
You are welcome to choose which session times best suit the needs of your family.

Our session times are:

Mornings 7:30am – 12:00pm
Afternoons 1:00pm – 5:30pm
School Days 8:30am – 3:15pm
Full Days 7:30am – 5:30pm
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Heart Foundation Healthy Heart Award

The Grange has worked hard to become a “Gold Healthy Heart” centre. There are three levels that we achieved in this award – gold, silver and bronze. We aimed high to achieve the top gold award and worked towards this goal over a period of three years, sharing the journey with our families along the way.  

March 2015 “Fantastic we have reached our Gold level award
April 2014   “Yippee we have reached our  silver level award” 
November 2013  “Hooray we achieved our bronze level award“.  
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There are many activities that we  worked on to help educate children and families about the benefits of healthy eating and healthy activity which in turn leads to healthy children!  The achievement of this award involved ensuring:

  • High nutrition standards are met and consistently reviewed by staff.
  • High physical activity (active movement) standards are met and consistently reviewed by staff.
  • Children’s knowledge of ‘healthy living’ is extended regularly and a focus on healthy eating and movement is consistent throughout the Curriculum.
  • Children to have long term dispositions of healthy eating and active movement.

We kept a portfolio of all the activities we got up to on our healthy heart award journey, so come into The Grange and have a look.

We have also included some of the lunch box ideas here from the Heart Foundation that are very helpful for busy families preparing lunch boxes.

Lunch Box Battles

Packing a lunch box for your child in the morning can be a challenge. We hear children talk every day about their food preferences and assertions “I don’t like that!” Children can be very particular about what they will and won’t eat and sometimes parents worry that their child will not have enough to eat during the day. The eating habits that children develop today will influence the diet that they will have as adults. Also, the food that children eat today influences how they behave and cope with their day. There is a growing range of information about what is best for children to eat but this can be overwhelming and difficult to sift through when you just want to pack your child’s lunch box and get out the door.

So we have come up with some brief ideas and information that we hope may help with the lunch box battle and which will help you to provide a healthy lunch box for your child when they come to The Grange.

  • Please let us know if your child is allergic to any food or products.
  • We are a nut FREE centre.
  • Parents at The Grange provide their children’s lunches, morning and afternoon teas.
  • We regularly do cooking and baking with the children as part of our curriculum.

Being an Environmentally Considerate Centre

At The Grange we aim to be environmentally considerate. You can help us to achieve this by;

  • Providing a “rubbish free” lunch box – anything that the worms can’t eat can stay at home
  • Pack your child’s food in re-usable containers
  • Whenever possible – walk to and from the centre
  • Talk to your child about caring for the environment.

Some of the things we do to be environmentally considerate at The Grange include:

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  • Reducing, re-using, and recycling as much as possible
  • We have a worm farm which the children use to make compost for the garden
  • Growing our own fruit and vegetables – gardening & nature is an important part of our curriculum
  • Hanging our washing out to dry in the sun and fresh air rather than using a dryer
  • Encouraging rubbish free lunch boxes
  • Using recycled materials for art and creativity resources as much as possible
  • Turning off electrical devices when not in use

Sickness

If your child is sick or unable to attend The Grange for any reason, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible.  You may do so by:

Due to the risk of infecting other children and teachers we do not provide care for sick children. If your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • high fever
  • inflamed throat
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • eye discharge
  • unidentified rash
  • Chicken Pox or Measles

you must keep your child at home, (24-48 hours) unless medical clearance has been given. If your child becomes ill whilst at The Grange the parent/guardian will be notified immediately to come and pick your child up. 

Medication

Please hand any medication to a Teacher and list instructions in the medicine book and sign each day.  Please do not leave any medication in your child’s bag. Our medication policy states that we will not give paracetamol or any other form of medication, to your child unless prescribed by a doctor.

Latest ERO report for The Grange

Every childcare centre in New Zealand is reviewed by the Education Review Office (ERO) approximately every three years. You can see our latest review from 2014 online at www.ero.govt.nz or click the link below. 

VIEW/DOWNLOAD ERO REPORT

Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it, click here to see what our families think about The Grange.