Out-of-school fun

Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need an extra hand when it comes to out-of-school care. Thankfully there are reputable organisations such as MASH to look after our children when we need it.

Maybe you’re starting a 40-hour working week in the New Year, or perhaps your hours have changed at work, so you’re not going to make it to the school pick-up in time.

MASH, which stands for My After School Headquarters, has various locations throughout the South Island, with lots of different programmes for children to enjoy. And the great thing is, all MASH programmes are open right up until 6pm, and caregivers can access the WINZ subsidy for financial support.

MASH founder and director Craig Fortune and his team view the end of each school day as a fantastic opportunity for kids to have fun as well as try new experiences.

“Children who have spent hours in a classroom need a meaningful transition from school to after school – that’s why we make sure after school doesn’t feel like they’re back in class,” says Craig.

MASH Programmes aren’t babysitting services, but they do provide professional, well-planned and value-added environments where tamariki are safe, have a great deal of fun and have an opportunity to engage in new and varied experiences.

The superhero staff at MASH are passionate about making a positive difference in children’s lives and pride themselves on providing the best possible environments for tamariki.

“As a parent myself, I understand that there can certainly be some stress and even little feelings of guilt at having to have your children in out-of-school programmes, so it’s hugely important to us to provide programmes that children love attending,” Craig says.

And the most convenient thing for parents is, other than knowing that your children are well looked after, you can book everything online!

mashkids.co.nz