THE BUZZ INFORMATION SHEET
St Albans’ Primary & Intermediate School Holiday Programme
Enrolling your child
You will need to complete an Enrolment form for each holiday programme. We know this can be a tedious process, but it ensures we have the most up-to-date information and contact details to keep your children safe.
What to do on the day your child attends the programme:
Please ensure your child is signed in at the beginning of each session, and signed out when you pick them up with the correct time. Please encourage your child to stay within the allocated areas and not to wander off the premises. All possible measures are taken to ensure the safety of your child. Please ensure that we have your correct contact details. We use these in case of an emergency and it is important that we can get hold of you immediately if need be.
What does your child need to bring?
Please ensure all belongings are named: all children MUST bring a suitable hat and appropriate clothing for the day's weather conditions. A water bottle is encouraged. Sunscreen is provided in the summer months, however your child may wish to bring their own special brand of sunscreen.
Change of booking or cancellations
There is a limit to the number of children we can book, so to assist our planning PLEASE let us know as soon as possible if you wish to change the days they have been booked for. Booking cancellations need to be made 2 days in advance of programme start date via email or phone. Failure to cancel booking will incur a $15 charge for the day. If due to unexpected reasons (e.g. sickness) please let us know on the day; call the Church Office (357-9411) and leave a message. In an emergency call the numbers below.
Times and Fees
Fees are per child, per day and based on the hours they attend:
8.30am to 3pm - $27
8.30am to 4pm - $30
8.30 am to 5.30 pm - $35
Please note that our doors officially open at 8.30 am. If arranged at least 24 hours ahead of time, we will allow your child no earlier than 8.25 am. Although staff is on site before 8.30 am, this is our daily prep time.
Late Pick up Charge
It is important that you pick up your child within 15 minutes of the specified booking time, or you will be charged the later fee. A late fee will apply for any child being picked up after 5.30 pm at a rate of $15 for every 15 minutes after 5.30pm.
Payment can be made at time of enrolment confirmation, prior to the start of the holiday programme or on the first day of attendance.
By internet banking: St Albans Children’s Ministry - 03 1522 0413499 00. Please ensure you put your child's surname in Particulars, child name in the Code, and the particular buzz programme, eg'BuzzApr19' in the Reference, so that we can easily identify payment.
By cheque: Cheques are to be made out to: St Albans Childrens’ Ministries (The Buzz). You may pay on the day or post your cheque to: St Albans Church, The Buzz, 339 Albert Street, Palmerston North, 4410.
If posting your cheque please put child’s name on back of cheque.
By cash: on the first day your child attends the programme. Please do not send cash in the mail.
Tax receipts will be issued with receipt of payment if requested.
Late Payment Fee
We prefer payment before or on the day of attendance. A 10% fee may be added to late payments.
We are an OSCAR approved programme and you may be eligible for a WINZ subsidy (https://www.workandincome.govt.nz). If you are eligible, please ensure your WINZ registration is up-to-date. WINZ forms need to be dropped in to the St Alban's Church office for us to sign, before you hand them in to WINZ, 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start of the programme you're applying subsidy for. Without our signature your application will not be considered. Please allow a two day turnaround for the forms to be completed by us.
If we have not received confirmation from WINZ that your application has been approved prior to the start of the holiday programme, we ask that you pay at sign in on the day each day that your child/ren attend. Otherwise they will unfortunately not be allowed to attend that day.
When WINZ funding has been approved you will be refunded accordingly.
Lunch, morning and afternoon teas are provided each day. Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for specialty foods, but please do let us know of any food allergies on the Enrolment Form.
Send The Buzz around
If you know of someone who may like to send their children to The Buzz, please feel free to forward this information sheet on to them. The Buzz is on Facebook. Please ‘like us’ and check out details about the holiday programme, what to bring, and pictures and details uploaded during the week. www.facebook.com/thebuzzholidayclub
The Buzz Holiday Programme Contacts
Administration, Registrations & Info:
027 the buzz (027-843-2899)
Senior Programme Supervisor: Russell Seagar - 027 488 0371
Junior Programme Supervisor: Michelle Seagar - 027 488 0372
Church Office - (06) 357-9411