We don't accept cash/cheques/eftpos at the centre.
Fee Policy is review annually in February.
School Term Holidays
The service is open 52 weeks of the year and offers School Term Holidays. School term holidays is the two weeks break between each of the first three terms. This is available for children to take daily, part of a week or whole week holiday. Parents are asked to email the centre to request the holiday and no fees will be charged.
The service is open during the Christmas period and only closed for statutory days; normal fees apply. However, Natural Steps do offer families an additional 2 week holiday with no fee charged. This is applied to 26 December 2022 to 6 January 2023. Parents are requested to email the service 4 weeks prior to take advantage of the no fees. NOTE Friday 23rd December 2022 the service closes at 3pm.
20 Hour ECE
Natural Steps has opted into the "20 hours" scheme - ensuring that all our parents of 3 and 4 year olds will be receiving a saving on their weekly fees. Funding rates for "20 hours" have been calculated to cover the bare minimum regulated standard of education and care. However at Natural Steps we provide well above the minimum funded standards through the provision of our outstanding early childhood education.
Unfortunately this does mean that our current operating costs for "20 hours" are not fully covered by government funding. In order for us to opt into the scheme, all 3 and 4 year olds must be enrolled for a minimum of 2 full days per week. We do not offer half/ part days or sessional education care for these children. As we cannot charge parents for the 20 hours (maximum of 6 hours per day), we have had to build in a chargeable portion of each day.
We understand that this can be confusing so if you have any further queries regarding the "20 hours" Government policy, please see us at the Centre.
Supporting Teachers, Mate Rates
Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions and it can become a balancing act between work and home. Natural Steps is here to support teachers and give you 'peace of mind'. Your child will be well cared for and have fun opportunities to learn and grow.
At Natural Steps children will experience a high-quality learning environment that supports play in all seasons, with top resources and qualified teachers who love to teach.
Teachers foster a growth mindset where children develop their talents, learn to love challenges and embrace effort so they can reach their full potential.
For certified teacher families we offer reduced fees, hours to suit your families requirements, school term holidays with no fees. We are here to support you. Give us a call on 09 479 5051. We'd love to show you around our beautiful centre.
Referral, Working Together
Working together Step by Step
It pays to gossip.
Refer us to a friend, family member or colleague. After both children have enrolled and have been attending the centre for 2 months, both families will receive a 4 week refund - to spend how you choose!