Your frequently asked questions answered here.
Working with schools and early childhood education centres
How do you work with the schools and early childhood education centres?
Schools that are decile 1-4 and early childhood education centres hold a category equity index 1-4 and have a community-based authority can apply for KidsCan support to become a partner school. We then form a wait-list of schools and early childhood education centres who need our support, and once we have enough funding to support a school or early childhood education centre on an ongoing basis we will take it off our wait-list. The school or early childhood education centre will then have access to our programmes – Food for Kids, Raincoats for Kids, Shoes for Kids and Health for Kids. The schools and early childhood education centres then ensure the tangible items these programmes provide reach the children who are going without in a targeted way.
How do you ensure your support reaches the children who need it most?
We work very closely with the schools, early childhood education centres we support as the teachers and staff know their students best. They let us know what products the children are going without and how many need assistance. The school and early childhood education centres then distributes these products to the children in need which helps to ensure that our programmes are being delivered in a targeted way.
How do you decide on which programmes to provide?
Our Programmes Team works closely with the schools and early childhood education centres to identify where there is a need and what the appropriate programme would be. On-going research and feedback from a variety of organisations in the area of child hardship helps us to fine-tune existing programmes and identify new needs.
How do you choose what schools or early childhood education centres are added to your wait-list?
Any decile 1-4 school can apply for KidsCan support and early childhood education centre that holds a category equity index 1-4 and has a community-based authority. However, only schools and early childhood education centre3s who can demonstrate they have a need for support in their school and early childhood education centre make it onto our wait-list. All schools and early childhood education centres have different areas that they need assistance with. Some schools and early childhood education centres access all of our programmes, while others may only require help with certain areas, like health. KidsCan Partner Early Childhood Education Centres provide all preschoolers with five fresh meals a week, endorsed by the Heart Foundation and fresh, nutritious food is delivered weekly or fortnightly and other food items from KidsCan.
If you are from a decile 1-4 school you can apply for support here.
If you are from a category equity index 1-4 and have community-based authority early childhood education centre you can apply for support here.
What happens in the school and early childhood education centre holidays?
KidsCan is focused on education and helping kids learn, which is why we work with schools and early childhood education centres to remove the barriers by providing the basics. This means that our support is provided in the school and early childhood education centre environment, during the school and early childhood education centre terms. We understand that there is still a need over the holidays and hope that other groups or food banks are able to provide for them and their families.
How can I help?
Your monthly contribution will enable KidsCan to provide children with the essentials they need to get through the school and early childhood education centre gates in a position to learn. You can support a child by signing up online here using a credit card or direct debit, or you’re welcome to telephone our office on 09 478 1525 and we can take your details directly.
If you prefer to make donations by automatic payment, please email at [email protected] and include your full name and contact details, the amount of your regular donation and when you would like those donations to start. We will reply with your unique ID reference number which you can give to your bank. The reason we provide a unique ID reference number is so you can be assured you will receive an accurate tax receipt for your donations at the end of the financial year.
Alternatively, making a one-off donation via our website is another way you can help support New Zealand children in need. You can find out more here.
How does your monthly giving programme work?
Your monthly or yearly contribution will help provide a Kiwi kid with the basics such as food, a raincoat, shoes and socks, and basic health and hygiene items.
When you sign up through our website you can choose the region you would like us to direct your support to.
How much of my monthly donation goes to the kids?
At least 80 cents from every dollar of a monthly donation goes directly to our programmes for kids. The remaining 20 cents goes towards our operations that enable us to run these programmes and extend our reach to the children who need it around New Zealand.
Can I support a specific child?
It’s much more cost effective to support children through the schools and early childhood education centres they attend, rather than as individual children meaning your money can do more for Kiwi kids in need.
We work hard to keep it as affordable as possible for supporters, and as impactful as possible for the children. We will however send supporters regular updates about how their contribution is making a real difference.
I am living overseas and want to support a child in New Zealand is that okay?
Absolutely! Many Kiwis and other caring people from around the world sign up to support us on a monthly basis through our website and we welcome their support. Simply click this link and select ‘credit card’ as your payment method.
Will I get an automatic Tax Receipt for my donations?
Yes, we will ensure you are emailed or posted your annual tax receipt by the end of April for the previous financial year. Please ensure that we have your latest email or postal address to ensure you receive this.
If you’re making a one-off donation via our website, you will be sent a tax receipt automatically at the time of your donation.
What do I have to do if I want to fundraise for KidsCan myself?
If you would like to raise funds for Kiwi kids in need, we’d love to hear from you! Click here for some tips, tools and instructions on how to register with us.
Does KidsCan take second-hand clothing donations?
No, unfortunately we do not have the resources or facilities to process, store and redistribute these types of donations. We are based in Albany, Auckland and don’t have any stores elsewhere. However, there are other charities nationwide who are better equipped to accept these donations and distribute them accordingly. We’re sure they would appreciate you contacting them directly.
I am interested in working at KidsCan, how do I apply?
We advertise any job opportunities on Seek, LinkedIn or our Facebook page, so keep an eye out. Alternatively, feel free to email your CV through to [email protected] and we will keep it on file.
How do I become a volunteer with KidsCan?
We appreciate that you might like to help KidsCan with the work that we do. Our office and warehouse are Albany, Auckland, and from there we send items to our network of schools around New Zealand. At present, the majority of the activities in our warehouse are handled by our Operations team, with occasional support from volunteers from our partner organisations. We don’t have regular operations outside of Auckland. If you are interested in volunteering to assist Kiwi kids in need, we suggest that you contact one of our partner schools or early childhood education centres to see if they require any assistance.
I have questions about your Christmas Cracker Appeal - where can I find more information?
If you are interested in donating prizes or retailing our Christmas Crackers, email us at [email protected].
Can I change my details online?
No, but if you email us at [email protected] and tell us what you would like changed or your new credit or debit card details, we will make the adjustments and send you a confirmation email.
How much expenditure goes to the programmes for children?
At KidsCan, we pride ourselves on our efficiency and we work to keep our administration costs as low as possible. Over the last four years, on average 80% went to our programmes for children, and 20% went to operations.