Hours & Fees



Monday to Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed all statutory holidays
Our hourly rate for childcare is $6.00 per hour.
Booking outside the minimum hours may be accepted on a casual basis only if space is available due to cancellation.
We will continue to accept casual bookings outside the minimum booking hours when spaces are available..


Minimum bookings are 4 hours
(9am – 1pm).
Please note morning bookings are available with an earlier start of 8am or 8.30am until 1pm.


Minimum afternoon bookings are 3.5 hours (1pm – 4.30pm)
Please note afternoon bookings are available as usual to be extended to 5pm

All Day

All day bookings will be a minimum of 6 hours (9am – 3pm).
However, children may be booked to start earlier and /or finish later.

Special Notes

All bookings to be made on the ½ hour (i.e. not ¼ past or ¼ to)

Free ECE hours cannot be claimed for casual bookings

Up to 20 hours FREE ECE are available for 3 and 4 year olds

Free ECE hours can only be claimed for permanent bookings as signed for on the child’s family details form.

20 FREE ECE ceases after 3 weeks of continuous absence and full fees are then payable thereafter. For more information on FREE ECE subsidy visit www.education.govt.nz

Income tested subsidy information can be found on www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz

Normal fees are payable until work and income NZ approve your subsidy

Fees are charged for all operational days your child is booked, regardless of whether your child attends or not.

Fees are charged for hours over and above the attested hours

Fees are not charged over the Christmas/New Year period, statutory holidays or emergency closure days.

There is a two week holiday discount of 50% given annually which applies to permanent bookings, this must be taken consecutively (one or two weeks, not single days). To receive this discount you must notify the centre in writing or email at least one week prior.

No notification of your child attending preschool for their booked time, (permanent or casual) may result in a $30 not notified fee.

Late pickup: an extra fee of $15 per quarter hour late may apply.

The minimum childcare attendance is two days/sessions per week, this enables children to have regular and meaningful relationships with children and staff.

An annual non-refundable administration fee of $20 per family will be charged at the beginning of each year to cover administration costs and bookings changes. This will be charged before any new enrollments are accepted.


Methven Pre School is closed for all of the following statutory holidays and for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period,(dates advised annually).

enrolment form

Please come in to pick up an enrolment form or download a copy here. To enrol with us, you must bring in your child’s birth certificate and a copy of their immunisation record if applicable. All enrolments are at the Managers/Supervisors discretion. This enrolment form is applicable to NZ residents only (special conditions apply for overseas residents)


Work and Income Subsidy
You can phone the Work and Income contact centre on 0800 559 009 to register your intent to apply for subsidy. You can also apply online. On the website youcan find out the types of financial assistance you may qualify for, then choose if you want to apply. You can also visit the and Income Offices – the nearest office to us is in Ashburton.
Free ECE
The government subsidises all children who attend ECE. It means that if your child is 3 or 4, the cost can be fully subsidised for up to 6 hours a day and up to 20 hours a week. You can apply when you enrol your child, or you can do it just before your child turns 3 if they are already enrolled.