Supporting staff with children

These policies and guidelines explain how the University works to support you as a staff member as you meet the challenges of combining parenting and a career.

Parenting, work-life balance and recognition

Parental leave


  • If you think your child will be enrolled in one of our early childhood centres, we advise you to make arrangements as early as possible. Early Childhood Education Centres (ECE) 
  • Salary Sacrificing of ECE fees is available for staff with children in our ECEs, including Hineteiwaiwa Te Kohanga Reo or Te Puna Kōhungahunga. Fees are deducted from your pre-tax salary. Salary Sacrificing Application Form 
  • We have guidelines for babies and children on campus. These will help you make appropriate arrangements among managers, employees and colleagues. Please remember that some places on campus are not safe, and there are specific requirements for taking children on field trips. Read the guidelines 
  • OSCN is a not-for-profit organisation which provides training and information to before/after school and school holiday programmes. Email
  • Read more about government subsidies for childcare

Breastfeeding and working

  • Information to support breastfeeding and expressing and storing milk at work is found in Section 6 of the CPC Toolkit.


Expecting and new parents network

A new group of expecting and new parents has been formed to give mutual support to university staff and their partners. Please contact Nick Matzke