Central Otago Rural Education Activities Programme

CHILDCARE - Childcare assistant

Organisation Summary

Central Otago REAP provides a diverse and extensive educational resource to rural communities, implementing a life long learning approach. The overall purpose of Central Otago REAP is to provide educational support and assistance across all sectors including early childhood, primary, secondary and adult education.  Central Otago REAP is a community-based flexible resource providing formal and non-formal learning opportunities.

REAP often run courses targeted at parents who are unable to attend if they cannot bring their pre-schoolers with them.  These courses are often crucial for parents for increasing their skills, social networks and confidence.  


This role involves interacting and entertaining preschoolers so their parent is able to participate more and get maximum gain from course attendance.  Parents and course supervisors are also present whilst undertaking this role. Although ideal it is not essential that you are able to attend every session of a course.  

Courses are run periodically in Alexandra, Cromwell and Wanaka.  

Time Commitment:

Dependant on current course schedule.

Skills required:

Volunteers should enjoy spending time with toddlers and interacting positively with them.  In most cases it will be fine to bring your own baby/toddlers/children with you if need be.

A police vetting check may be required.

Skills gained:

Volunteers gain great communication and relationship skills from interacting with toddlers and their parents.  Volunteers gain satisfaction in seeing the benefits and progress of parents participating in the course.  It is great experience for those who enjoy observing and interacting with preschoolers. Some recognition is available.

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday Morning
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Wednesday Morning
  • Thursday Morning
  • Friday Morning