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 for further information.

Early childhood centre on Grafton Campus

Our newest Early Childhood Centre Te Ako ō te Tui, is now accepting applications from parents with children over 2 years old, ready for an immediate start.

Te Ako ō te Tui is located on the Grafton Campus and offers students some of the lowest Early Childhood Centre fees in Auckland.

The centre is a brand new, purpose-built building, beautifully furnished with the latest play and education equipment.

Staffed by qualified and experienced teachers, Te Ako ō te Tui offers dynamic teaching and learning environments based on Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

Te Ako ō te Tui is currently accepting enrolments for children between 2 years and 5 years of age. For enquiries, or to make an enrolment, contact the Te Ako ō te Tui team by email or phone.

To make an enrolment:

Ext: 86729
Direct dial: 09 923 6729