Paparoa School has 44 children in its roll.
Growing demand from working parents has prompted Paparoa School to investigate opening an early childhood education (ECE) centre in the area.
The population in Paparoa grew from 1400 to 1700 between the 2006 and 2018 censuses.
Paparoa School secretary Hanna Stevens believes a new population bump is coming with the development of new subdivisions and a wave of Aucklanders escaping the city as the reality of living with Covid-19 sets in.
While there are a number of play centres in the area, where parents take care of children, the proposed centre would be the first of its kind in Paparoa.
Hanna says she is aware that other childcare facilities in neighbouring towns already have waiting lists.
The proposed centre would be sited on school grounds, but the school is looking for a partner to run it independently of the school.
Parents interested in ECE care are strongly encouraged to fill out Paparoa School’s survey. Hard copies are available at the school or see online story for a link to the digital survey.