The Practical Stuff | FAQs


Where is Olive Tree
 Education and Care?

You’ll find Olive Tree Education and Care at 32 Gloucester Road, Bayfair, Mount Maunganui. Gloucester Road is off Girven Road and our centre 
is just a few minutes from Bayfair Shopping Centre and Baywave.

What age groups do you cater for?
Olive Tree Education and Care 
is separated into two units. In
 our Kindergarten unit we provide sessional and full-time care and education for children aged 3 – 5 years. In our Babies and Toddlers unit we provide sessional and full- time care for children aged 6 months – 3 years.

What are your hours of operation and session times?
Our centre operates Monday to Friday, from 7.30am – 5.30pm
 each day. For children who require sessional rather than full-time care, we have a morning session from 7.30am -12.30pm and an afternoon session from 12.30pm – 5.30pm each day.

Does Olive Tree Education and Care close during school holidays?
No, it’s business as usual for Olive Tree Education and Care throughout the school holidays. We close on public holidays and for two weeks during the Christmas/New Year period.

Do we have to live in Mount Maunganui to send our
child to Olive Tree Education and Care?
No, you don’t. Zoning (where your home address determines your eligibility for schools) does not apply to early childhood centres. We do have a number of families who travel some distance because they like 
the quality and the special Christian character of Olive Tree Education and Care.

Do you offer 20 Hours ECE?
Under the government ‘20 Hours ECE’ scheme all three to five year olds can qualify for a subsidy on up to 20 hours early childhood education (ECE). You can use your 20 hours ECE subsidy at Olive Tree Education and Care. Please note that the scheme allows for up to 20 hours in total per week, but only six hours in total per day. If your child requires more than six hours of care on any given day an hourly rate will be payable for the additional hours.

What are your fees?
Fees payable will depend on the number of hours your child will require and how those hours are allocated. Please contact us to discuss how our Fee Schedule would apply to your situation.

I am waiting for my child to qualify for the 20 Hours ECE subsidy when they turn three. Can I secure a place for my child in your kindergarten unit before this?
Yes, you can. If your child is two
years old you may be researching centres in anticipation of their eligibility for the government 20 Hours ECE subsidy when they turn three. It’s a good idea to get prepared early and we recommend that you arrange a centre visit with your child and fill out our application form. Children on our approved waiting list are guaranteed a place when they turn three.

What is your ‘settling in’ process?
We require children to have a minimum of two visits accompanied by a parent or guardian before they officially begin. This helps ease your child into their new environment and to have the safety of your presence while he or she begins to build secure relationships with our teachers. We provide up to three visits free of charge.

Can I stay with my child during their sessions at Olive Tree Education and Care?
Yes, absolutely. We have an open door policy and parents/wha-nau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. When teachers and parents work together for the good of each child, everybody wins.

What is the process
 for enrolment?
The first step is to come and visit our centre with your child and meet our teachers. During this visit you will receive our Enrolment and Welcome Pack and if you would like to proceed, someone from our team will make a time to fill out
the forms with you and arrange start dates, fee payments and settling-in sessions.

Who Owns Olive Tree
Education and Care?
We are one of five early childhood education and care centres operating under the umbrella of Bethlehem Early Learning Centres (BELC). BELC is a subsidiary
of the Christian Education Trust (CET) and is governed by an experienced board of professionals who are passionate about providing transformative education with Christian values.

Do you embrace and encourage cultural diversity?
We enjoy having families from
a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds in our centres and we celebrate the richness and colour this brings to our centre community. We value New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage and honour the principles and the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi in our relationships and in our culturally responsive teaching practice.

What do you provide in the
way of food?
We provide a healthy morning and afternoon tea for children. Parents of children who are in care over lunchtime need to provide a packed lunch for their child. We encourage you to supply a healthy and balanced meal, which will help your child develop good eating habits. We have a ‘nut-free’ policy at Olive Tree Education and Care to protect children who have dangerous allergic reactions to nuts.

How will we know what our child has been learning?
We document, support and extend children’s individual learning and strengths at our centre. Each child has an individual portfolio, which is a collection of some of his or her work, photographs, observations and learning stories. These are kept at the centre and are available for you and your child to access. We value your feedback and input and encourage you to add your thoughts and reflections.

Are your practices environmentally sustainable?
We have a sustainable approach to learning and operations. We take care of our country and
our community by using natural, sustainable, eco-friendly resources for learning and play wherever possible. Children learn about recycling and the impact our choices can make on the world around us.

Do I have to be a Christian to
send my child to Olive Tree Education and Care?
No, you don’t. We warmly welcome all families irrespective of their faith background who wish their children to absorb Christian values and to benefit from the warm and loving environment in our centres. While our programme will sometimes involve reading Bible stories, singing Christian songs and saying karakia before meals, our Christian ethos is mostly reflected in the loving and respectful relationships we have with one another and in the integrity and character of our teachers.

What do you do to prepare older children for primary school?
We actively build relationships with primary schools in the Bayfair/ Papamoa area to ensure that we are effectively preparing our older children for the transition
to a more structured primary school environment. In addition
to supporting their literacy and numeracy development, we particularly focus on helping older children to establish effective self-care and self-management skills. Primary teachers stress
the importance of this to prepare children for the higher level of self- responsibility required when they enter primary school.

Have a question we haven’t answered? Call us on 07 572 0365 or email us at hello@olivetree.school.nz













Why Choose Olive Tree Education and Care?

WE HAVE  A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN. We honour each child as a gift to be discovered and developed. Our passion as educators is to nourish, nurture, affirm and encourage each child in his or her uniqueness. Read more
WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT.  Our door is always open. We believe that parents are the primary educators and we count it a privilege to partner with and support you in that important role. Parents/whanau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. Read more
OUR MALE HEAD TEACHER RUNS AN EXCITING LEARNING PROGRAMME.  This is a centre where boys can be boys and girls can do anything! We run a fun and stimulating programme with lots of hands-on adventures for active kids. Read more
OUR BABIES & TODDLERS UNIT IS SPACIOUS AND NURTURING.  Families love that our space is double that of many centres. Our teachers have years of experience behind them and especially love working with the under 3’s children.  Read more
OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES CREATE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT. We have a heart-felt and faith-filled desire to respect, accept, nurture, support and affirm your child. It is our privilege to enjoy their uniqueness, to develop their gifts and talents and to bring them into a positive experience of God’s love. Read more