We share 

out of school care

Collaborative school holiday care

Awhi Tree is dedicated to building strong communities.  Lack of affordable childcare options is impacting our families, businesses and the wider community.  By working together we create solutions: 

parents run their own school holiday programme at minimal cost, supported by local schools and sponsored by employers.  

Happy families, happy businesses, happy communities: 

Awhi Tree!




Plan together 

Form your own Awhi Tree group with parents from school, friends, family & colleagues.  You choose how you will approach the days.  Awhi Tree provides access to a venue, a start-up guide & documents to help you plan.*  Our insurance covers the carers, the children, the buildings and property where your group is based. 

*At this startup stage, most of the organising gets done for you*


Neutral venues

Each group decides what times or dates care is needed for. The venues arranged by Awhi Tree are easily accessible & child-friendly spaces, such as schools*, marae or other community buildings. 

*So far, we have been blessed with the support of Makaraka School, Gisborne Intermediate, Te Wharau and Campion. We welcome any other schools/ venue providers to jump onboard our waka. Please contact us if you can help.

Take turns, 1 in 4

You and a minimum of one other parent/supervisor co-play with the kids 1 day of the week. This then entitles you to 4 days of supervision for your children after that as the other parents will cover the remaining days. Each supervisor has been 'active' in the roster building and is aware of his/her specific tasks before and/or during care. 

Watch ...

Why share care?

Discover the 4 benefits

Awhi Tree supports your group

Set-up guide

In 5 simple steps we explain how you can run your own out-of-school holiday program. You can rest assured your care will be safe and unique.

Connecting groups


Are you interested to learn from our early adopters? Join a community of existing Awhi Tree groups. 

*At present we ask you to join the facebook  group that corresonds to your period of care. We will endeavour to meet before care starts.


The Awhi Tree community shares tips, tricks and examples of activities related to creative play, outdoor play, etc.

* coming soon

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Terms and Conditions

Collaborative, rotational out-of-school care, organized by parents for parents and their families