“Play is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein
Hours and Attendance​


Gumboots operates four days a week, Tuesday to Friday 9am – 3pm and offers extended hours of 8am - 4pm. Gumboots is open during primary school term time. 


Monday mornings the Maraekakaho play group meet at Gumboots. It is a parent run group for anyone with children under 5. Play group is a great opportunity to become involved with other parents and to enable your children to become familiar with the Gumboots environment.


Gumboots is licensed for up to 22, 2 to 5 year olds per day. We offer flexibility in hours for our younger children with some families choosing half days until their child can manage longer days. We do not require children to be toilet trained as we have nappy changing facilities and the teachers are more than happy to work with you at toilet training time.

Gumboots does NOT operate during school holidays.

Linking to our philosophy we encourage mixed aged sessions as children happily nurture each other in a tuakana teina relationship. 

​Daily Programme

All times are approximate apart from open and close of session times

8:00 - 9:00 - Extended hour: Child-led, teacher assisted play

9:30 - 10:00 - Rolling morning tea

10:00 – 12:00 - Child initiated, teacher supported play, inside and outside

12pm – 12:30 - Lunch time and quiet time inside as everyone finishes eating

12:30 – 2:00 - Child initiated, teacher supported play, inside and outside

2:00 – 2:30 - Tidy up

2:30 – 3:00 - Afternoon tea prepared by the children and a brief Circle Time where teachers release children to their adults​
3:00 - 4:00 - Extended hour: Child-led, teacher assisted play


Fees (including GST) as from 1st October 2022

  • Over 2’s   $38 per day.

  • Over 3’s   Children at Gumboots are eligible for 20 Hours free ECE funding (maximum 6 hours a day up to 20 hours per week). For children that attend Gumboots for up to 20 hours and attest all their 20 hours ECE funding to Gumboots there is NO charge.

    • $5 per hour (for over 3's attending Gumboots for more than 20 hours and accessing ALL Free ECE 20 hours funding at Gumboots).

    • $6.50 per hour (for over 3's for any hours that could be Free ECE attested to Gumboots but for whatever reason are not).

  • Extended Hours: 8am – 9am and 3pm- 4pm are $7.00 per hour.

  • Charges are payable fortnightly as invoiced.  We encourage regular automatic payments. Payments can be made by internet banking. Contact the treasurer for details on

  • WINZ subsidies are also available if applicable - For further information go to: