After School Care

There are two providers of after school care at Elmwood.

M*A*S*H After School Care Programme

M*A*S*H (My After School Headquarters) is an OSCAR, CYFs & WINZ approved out of school programme provider and as such parents can access the WINZ Subsidy. They pride themselves on delivering an enjoyable, exciting, safe and stimulating environment for your children.

The Merivale M*A*S*H Programme is predominantly for Elmwood and Heaton children and is based at the Elmwood Bowling Club in Heaton St.  A walking school bus escorts the children from outside the Music room at Elmwood Normal School to the M*A*S*H venue. A shuttle is also available to deliver children to school prior to 8:50am and pick up at 3.00pm ($1.00 per child).

M*A*S*H operates every morning before school from 7.30am- 8.30am at a cost of $10 per session and every afternoon from 3.00pm – 6.00pm at a cost of $18.00 per session ($4.77 with the full WINZ subsidy).
Our school holidays hours are 8:30am – 3:00pm or 6:00pm with the option of an early drop off. Please see our School Holiday flyer for more information.

The aim each day is to provide a safe and stimulating programme for each and every one of our children. Children will be provided with a healthy snack, help with homework, supervised games and activities to boost academic skills, and plenty of opportunities for fitness, fun and creative expression.

For more information please visit the M*A*S*H website, phone 0800 420 520, email or just pop over and say hi. To enrol your child/ren go to the ‘Enrolment Information‘ tab on our website, grab a form from the staff doing the walking school bus or pop in and visit us any afternoon at the Elmwood Bowling Club. We look forward to meeting you and your children.

M*A*S*H – WINZ Subsidy
Are you aware that WINZ provide a substantial subsidy for attending the M*A*S*H After School and/or Holiday Programme for those that qualify?
The qualifying criteria is very lenient and includes different thresholds for household income and number of children.  There is also a 20 day time frame for getting documentation in to them for which they will back pay.  There is information on the M*A*S*H website or call WINZ directly on 0800 559009 to enquire.
The After School subsidy is up to $12 per day and the Holiday subsidy up to $40 per day.
The staff at M*A*S*H are more than happy to help you with the application process and further information so please contact them on 0800 420520 or
To enrol in M*A*S*H grab an enrolment form from the office, call us on 0800 420520, email us at do it online

M*A*S*H School Holiday Programme – April 2019


The Elmwood OSCAR programme runs an excellent after school care and holiday programme for Elmwood Normal and Heaton Intermediate school children.  We operate onsite at Elmwood from a classroom near the junior playground.

Easy for younger children to get to us afterschool from their class and with the benefit of having the use of the school pool, playground and sandpit.
A typical afternoon involves a nutritious afternoon tea, homework supervision before offering a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. We are well resourced and like to create a fun, relaxing
home-like environment for the children.

The Programme is CYFS approved and the roll is capped at 24 children per day.  We have a child ratio of 1:8, higher than most, to ensure all children are safe and accounted for.
After school open hours are 3pm to 6pm.
Fees for each term time sessions are $18.00 per day for the first child and $15 for each additional sibling.
Holiday programme open hours are 8.30am until 3pm or 6pm.
Fees are $38 per day for the first child and 15% discount for the second and more sibling(s) attending 3 or more days per week.

OSCAR Subsidy
Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy is a payment which helps families with the costs of before-school and after-school programmes for up to 20 hours a week, and school holiday programmes for up to 50 hours a week. For more information please visit the Work and
Income website.

Please email Ana Batten or phone 355 7950 or 027 733 7209 for information regarding available places for term time enrolment or the next holiday programme.

Elmwood OSCAR Programme Inc
31 Aikmans Rd, Merivale, Christchurch