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Johnsonville - Wellington

Kindercare Johnsonville

Looking for safe, loving childcare in Johnsonville?

You’ll find everything you need at our childcare centre, where each day is a new opportunity for your child to explore their interests and ideas in a safe, loving environment. Our dedicated Centre Director, Sam Perry, and her passionate team will gently guide your little one, helping them to reach their full potential, while having heaps of fun through creative play.

Our centre is also conveniently located near a number of primary schools, along with the train station and bus stops for easy pick-up and drop-offs and commuting parents. We’re here to support our centre families and whānau as much as possible. That’s why we are proud to offer enrolment options that include both full day and part time care and education.

From our whānau to yours, we look forward to building a strong, caring relationship with you and your child, at our childcare centre. We are conveniently located for families in Johnsonville, Broadmeadows, Ngauranga and Khandallah.

About our childcare centre

Hours of fun and learning

Open daily throughout the year (except for weekends and statutory holidays) 

7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Age group of children we cherish

Transition to School


Like you, we want the best for your child, which is why we won’t compromise on safe, supportive, care and education. We want to ensure your whānau receives the highest standard of care for your weekly fee, which includes:

  • a generous annual leave allowance
  • a nutritious midday meal, prepared fresh at the centre daily – so you won’t need to pack kai
  • healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks to fuel your child’s play and learning
  • our Positive Parenting program – offering tips, advice and support for every family

Because every child has different needs, we ask that you supply your child’s own bottles, formula and nappies for each day.

Why choose our centre?

Providing safe, loving care and learning since 2012, our daycare is designed to care for your child from infancy until they are ready for primary school. Your child will be cared for alongside tamariki of a similar age and stage of development, in creatively designed play and learning areas – both indoors and outside. Each environment is intentionally planned to provide the nurturing care, fun-filled learning and social opportunities best suited to meet your child’s individual needs.

Inspiring awe and encouraging curiosity and a life-long love of learning is at the heart of what we do. And our loving support doesn’t end there. While embracing your little one’s unique needs, our multicultural centre gives your whānau a heartfelt sense of belonging by involving you not only in your child’s learning and development, but also our special celebrations throughout the year. These include birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Chinese New Year, and Diwali.

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Licensed for

100 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

BestStart Montessori Johnsonville

BestStart Montessori Johnsonville is a two classroom preschool caring for children aged 2-6 years old in Johnsonville, near Onslow College. Our fully qualified and Montessori trained teachers have a passion for working with young children, encouraging them to fulfill their learning potential in ways that best suit the individual needs of your child.

Peaceful Connected Global learners

PEACE is at the heart of what we do and encompasses Independence, Respect, Tuakana Teina, a Caring Community and Professional Development. This philosophy leads everything we do.

  • IndePendence: Children are encouraged to think and do for themselves and to take responsibility for their own actions so they can become capable adults.
  • RespEct: Children develop confidence as they learn how to respect  themselves, each other and the environment.
  • TuakanA Teina: Our mixed aged classrooms enable children to learn from each other, support each other, and value learning.
  • Caring Community: Initial centre visits are followed by a home visit by the lead teacher before each child starts. This begins each child’s journey of learning, and enables us to begin to truly understand the aspirations you have for your child.
  • Professional DevElopment: Our team of professionals are well trained and experienced and receive regular and ongoing opportunities for further education.

Who is BestStart?

BestStart is for families who want more from early-childhood education. Safe, nurturing and educationally focused, we’re committed to growing caring people with curious minds.

Together we teach, learn and nurture.

Our vision is to work in partnership with families, whanau and communities to enable children to achieve their learning potential.

Ko tō mātou tirohanga hei mahi ngātahi i te taha o ngā whānau me ngā hāpori, kia āwhinatia ngā tamariki, kia tū pito mata ai rāatou, hei rangatira mō āpōpō.

We are committed to being a progressive and responsive leader in early-childhood education. We do this by enhancing our services, investing in our people, developing our support structure and continuously improving the educational outcomes and experiences of our children, families and the communities we serve.

Some facts:

  • We’re licensed to educate and care for 15,000 full-time children daily.
  • 18,000 families use BestStart services annually.
  • We have over 270 centres nationwide located from Whangarei to Invercargill.
  • Each centre is managed by a Centre Manager who is supported by a local Area Manager. This gives our centre teams ongoing quality training and support.
  • Te Whāriki, the world-wide acclaimed national early childhood education curriculum, is used in all centres.
  • We have over 4500 permanent teachers nationally. Over 90% of our permanent teaching staff are either fully qualified with a diploma or bachelor of teaching (ECE) or higher, or are in training. These figures are very high by national standards within the ECE sector.
  • We provide a two-year Advice and Guidance Programme for all recently certified teachers, providing further mentoring and training. This gives strong support for teachers from provisional registration to full teacher registration with the NZ Teachers Council.
  • We regularly spend around $4 million on teacher training per annum.

We’re for children

At our heart is our commitment and passion for children. Central to this belief is our focus on the holistic development of children. We support children to explore the world around them, learning through relationships, creating a love of learning in an ever-changing world. Exploration, friendship and fun are part of the journey.

We’re for good

BestStart is a registered charity owned by the Wright Family Foundation. We support initiatives and programmes within BestStart and the wider early-childhood education sector (ECE) that support good outcomes for all children. We do this because we want to make a positive difference to the lives of all children.

Innovation leads us

At BestStart, innovation guides our thinking. We advocate positive change for learners through our research and practice. We’re proud to be thought leaders within ECE, openly challenging ourselves to think differently to provide the best for our children, families and staff.

We’re responsive

Our centres reflect their children, staff and communities. We celebrate individuality, uniqueness and diversity, encouraging a spirit of empathy, understanding and collaboration. Through our responsive relationships and our curriculum, we support learners to choose their own path.

Our people matter

At BestStart people come first. When we grow and develop our people, everyone benefits. We strive for whakamana/empowerment, nurturing a culture of excellence with engaged, talented professionals. Their commitment, skill and passion light our way.

Licensed for

36 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Home Grown Kids Johnsonville

Thinking about Home Based childcare with Home Grown Kids?

All of our Educators are carefully selected and screened including Police Vetting, identity checks, an interview that assess their attitudes and values toward children and an overall assessment of risk.

Enquire today and we’ll be in touch with you soon to provide the perfect option for your family.

Choosing the Best Educator for Your Child

We stand strong alongside our Educators. We care about them and we’re committed to the work they do, supporting and communicating with them every step of the way. We understand that engaged, fulfilled Educators make for happy families and even happier tamariki who thrive in these small group settings.

Small Group Setting

Our Home Based childcare groups are capped at a maximum of four children under the age of six, including Educators’ own children. This means we can offer each child the individual attention they need to flourish.

The best fit for your whānau values

Our Educators offer a range of different programmes based around their beliefs, values, culture, background and philosophies. Over 90% of our Educators hold a recognised ECE qualification. Some of our Educators are mothers and grandmothers with fantastic life skills, experience and knowledge. We’ll listen to your needs and then offer, where possible, a range of Educators. You will get to choose an Educator that you and your whānau connect with and trust.

Exceeding educational standards

An education programme that reflects New Zealand ECE curriculum - Te Whāriki. We are a Ministry of Education approved and licensed Early Childhood Education provider. Regularly reviewed by the

Education Review Office to ensure all our Home Based environments not only meet, but exceed the Ministry of Education’s Licensing Criteria for Home-based Services (2008).

Subsidies available

We’re an approved Work and Income provider and can support you to access a childcare subsidy if you are eligible.

20 hours ECE scheme

The Government subsidises all children aged 3-5 years (or 6 if not enrolled in school) who attend an ECE facility, making access more affordable for all.

Leaders in development practices for each child

All our Educators are supported and guided by our Visiting Teachers who are Qualified certificated ECE teachers with many years’ experience and expertise in early childhood education. Our Visiting Teachers regularly attend professional development to keep up-to-date with current research and theory for best practice for Education and care for under fives.

Our philosophy, vision and mission

  • Our Vision– The why – The reason we exist:

To provide a family friendly wrap around support service that enables all tamariki/whanau to learn, grow and thrive in a home-based setting. Investing in cultivating kindness, strong and professional relationships, in all our people to continue growing as lifelong learners

  • Mission Statement – The How -How are we going to achieve the Vision?

We will achieve our Vision through ensuring that every team member is emotionally invested in the well-being of our people including tamariki, whanau, Educators, communities and our Edubase family. We value successes and that these are not ours alone, the greatest success comes from the strengths of many. Our passion, knowledge and commitment will be the catalyst that enables everyone to learn, thrive and achieve.

  • Philosophy Statement

Edubase is a Home Based Early Childhood Education service that is committed to providing nurturing learning environments where tamariki thrive as individuals through an authentic play-based, natural learning education and care programme, in a home setting.

To enrich the learning of each tamariki we form strong community connections, developing links within the home and the learning environments of our Kaiako. Tamariki learn respect for people, places and things, shaping Aotearoa and developing an appreciation of New Zealand’s dual heritage. We continually strive to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi – supporting a holistic approach to learning which is guided by our NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Educators and Nannies offer comfortable, small group sizes, fostering respectful and reciprocal relationships, promoting tikanga Māori within their practice.

As an Organisation, we pride ourselves on cultivating strong, professional relationships, strengthening capability in all our people to continue growing as lifelong learners.

Edubase celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of each tamaiti, whanau and Kaiako and the gifts they bring. They are taonga, a treasure or gift. All things cultural are affirmed and celebrated, aiming to support children in gaining a positive awareness of their own and other cultures.

Tiaki nga tamariki – take care of the children

Licensed for

4 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Johnsonville West Kindergarten

Our kindergarten is valued in the community as a warm and welcoming place with a positive caring culture. We have a strong focus on respect.   

The kindergarten is well-resourced and has a large outdoor area which has recently been upgraded. We have good community support, and we have a committee that works to support us with fundraising and community events including our annual wheelathon and Christmas float.   

We are next to West Park School and have a close relationship with the school. Many of our children attend the school after kindergarten.  

Our families come from Johnsonville and neighbouring suburbs, and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds including Maori, Pasifika, Indian, Asian and Filipino.   

Our teachers all have tertiary qualifications in early childhood education and are qualified and registered.

Licensed for

40 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Early Impressions Childcare

We believe in supporting, enc​ouraging, and guiding the well-being and growth of each child’s learning journey. We provide an inclusive, nurturing, and empowering environment. We aim to be a healthy and sustainable centre.

Our purpose:

We believe in supporting, encouraging, and guiding the well-being and growth of each child’s learning journey.

Our vision:

We will be a high-quality, community focused and sustainable early learning centre.

Our mission: 

  • To be an inclusive, nurturing, and empowering environment.
  • To encourage and support ongoing learning and development for kaimahi.
  • Internal Evaluation and reflection will support our continuous growth.
  • Relationships between the kaimahi, tamariki, whānau and the wider community will be nurtured and strengthened.
  • To be a healthy and sustainable centre.

What makes us special?

We allocate one primary teacher to each child and this teacher takes personal responsibility for the child’s overall well-being. It is a child's own special teacher that supports the child by forming a secure attachment, this bond is achieved by sharing loving and respectful care routines and ‘moments’. This allows for quicker, smoother, and more efficient communication between Early Impressions and parents. This enables prompt and appropriate responses to a child’s needs resulting in better experiences and developmental outcomes for the child.  

Licensed for

25 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Waitohi Kindergarten

Our kindergarten is in the new community hub in Johnsonville, adjacent to the library. We are regular library visitors, attending story times and Te Reo times. We offer full day places to children over two and we open for 49 weeks of the year.   

We are a warm and welcoming team, and we value partnerships with families. We encourage you to spend time talking to teachers, and to develop a sense of belonging at Waitohi Kindergarten.     

We value the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa, the Treaty of Waitangi, te reo Maori and tikanga Maori.   

Our families come from different ethnic and religious backgrounds and speak many languages.  We acknowledge the different cultures and celebrate many festivals, coming together to share food. 

We often walk in our community, visiting the fire station, police station and other facilities. We liaise with local schools and support children to transition to school successfully.  

Our bicultural curriculum Te Whariki helps children grow as competent and confident learners.    

We see children as individuals who contribute their strengths and interests to our programme.  We provide choices for children, empowering them to become independent thinkers. We encourage respect and responsibility for the natural world.  We nurture the mana of the child, support social competency, and make learning fun.

Licensed for

40 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Daisies Early Education and Care Centre

*Please note : This Centre is not currently taking enrolments*

Daisies is licensed for 30 children  aged 2 to 6 years at 3 Earp Street. We are notable for our highly qualified and experienced teaching team, high teacher:child ratios, parent-friendly services, and our vision to be a lighthouse of best practice for early childhood education.

We are also award winner for our Nature Explore programme and for our sustainable business practices, and we are accredited Enviroschools, Silver level.

Daisies' philosophy is to provide a loving, engaging and pleasing place of learning for babies and children, parents and teachers.

Our location and superior ratios enable regular excursions outside of the centre. Our cook provides nutritious meals every day and children's clothes are washed on site - all part of our aim to make life as simple as possible for busy families.

Licensed for

30 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Play School Early Learning Centre

At Play School we are committed to the families/whanau of our centre to employ a high standard of quality trained teaching staff. Our educators will work in partnership alongside families/whanau to promote and extend the learning and development of each child attending our centre through the provision of quality early childhood education and care. 

At Play School we are committed to implementing the Early Childhood curriculum, Te Whariki. We provide an inviting programme with opportunities to foster and enhance each child’s own learning. We believe that children learn through play and at Play School their play is valued as meaningful learning. 

Teachers at Play School will guide and encourage children by providing an environment that is safe and emotionally supportive. Our teachers will provide stimulating and challenging experiences through exploration, movement and communication and will value each child’s contribution. To provide quality programmes that care and educate we believe it is important that there is mutual support and good communication between parents and staff, as working together will make the most of these early experiences for children. 

Daily activities will cover the developmental and curriculum areas by implementing a programme that encompasses the following: Social, Language, Cognitive, Physical, Music and Movement.

Licensed for

29 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Premier Preschool Johnsonville

Conveniently located onsite at Johnsonville School, Premier Preschool is an innovative concept in pre-school education.  We see preschool education as part of the whole sphere of learning and strive to enable children to experience a seamless and confident transition on to school.   

We offer a comprehensive developmentally appropriate preschool programme that incorporates the principles of Te Whariki, the ECE Curriculum, with a strong focus on enhancing literacy and mathematical knowledge, skills, and concepts. This programme is created through ongoing observations and assessments of each individual child. We begin with a focus on each child’s interests, extending their knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Children’s learning is enhanced with our knowledge of child development as well as life experience, and an ongoing commitment to professional development and learning within the team.   

The teachers work alongside children in a positive and affirming manner, building warm, caring relationships with them as we guide, challenge, assist and question to extend their thinking in a powerful learning environment; always promoting their health, well-being and safety which creates a fun-filled environment to help children to be more receptive to learning.   

We believe in showing respect to each child and their family, recognising, empowering, and celebrating cultural heritage and acknowledging different beliefs and values. We provide equitable opportunities for all children and strive to develop an awareness of right and wrong, fairness and justice.   

We acknowledge the importance of parents / whanau and the wider community and will encourage their participation and collaboration through responsive and reciprocal relationships to ensure a strong partnership exists to support the children.

Licensed for

20 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Johnsonville Playcentre

Johnsonville Playcentre is tucked into a sunny little valley on Ironside Rd in Johnsonville, Wellington.

Johnsonville Playcentre is run by a cooperative of families who believe that we know our children best and are passionate about being involved in their learning. Our tamariki are supported to become confident, competent self-directed learners through play which is based around their interests. Our tamariki gain knowledge through play, participation and positive guidance.

We are a multi-cultural centre and have a strong focus on the values of whanaungatanga and kotahitanga.

We nurture the curiosity and creativity of our tamariki through the fun range of experiences provided … no two days at Playcentre are the same!

Our children develop nurturing and social skills which have lifelong benefits. Tamariki of all ages from birth to school age attend together, allowing older children to mentor younger children and practise empathy and caring.

Parents and other whānau share all the responsibilities of running our centre and are actively involved in providing learning programmes for our tamariki. The high adult to child ratio allows a good balance for group and individual support during each session. Our parental relationships developed through Playcentre provide support with parenting and help us develop new parenting and life skills. Parents also take part in the free Playcentre education programme, developing their parenting skills and learning about child development.

There is no other organisation for early childhood education and family development quite like it in the world. Thousands of kiwi children, and their parents too, have grown up with Playcentre … book in for your three visits today and come and join the fun.

Licensed for

30 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Daisies Early Education & Care Centre

* Please note : This Centre is not currently taking enrolments*

Daisies is licensed for 30 children aged 0 to 2 years at 5 Earp Street, and a further 30 children aged 2 to 6 years at 3 Earp Street.

We are notable for our highly qualified and experienced teaching team, high teacher:child ratios, parent-friendly services, and our vision to be a lighthouse of best practice for early childhood education.

We are also award winner for our Nature Explore programme and for our sustainable business practices, and we are accredited Enviroschools, Silver level.

Daisies' philosophy is to provide a loving, engaging and pleasing place of learning for babies and children, parents and teachers.

Our location and superior ratios enable regular excursions outside of the centre. Our cook provides nutritious meals every day and children's clothes are washed on site - all part of our aim to make life as simple as possible for busy families.

Licensed for

30 children

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Johnsonville - Wellington

Johnsonville Childcare

We are a privately owned, purpose-built childcare centre that combines the feel of a homely environment with space and resources to promote healthy development for all children.

Our focus is on providing a safe, caring and giving environment that has a multicultural approach, which empowers communication and independence. Each individual child is encouraged to explore their environment at their own pace, through fun activities that develop their imagination and curiosity thus encouraging them to develop a love of learning. This includes developing life skills, respect for themselves and others, as well as the environment so each child can grow into a self-confident, passionate life-long learner, with the desire to reach their full potential.

We provide fully trained and Certificated Teachers who are nurturing and loving, with a passion for children and who have a commitment to early childhood development and education and support for parents and family.

Daily programmes are based around the five strands of Te Whariki:

  • Wellbeing
  • Belonging
  • Contribution
  • Communication
  • Exploration

With our focus on the individual learning style, needs and personality of each child from baby to pre-schooler, in a fun, open, trusting and safe environment, you can be assured that you are choosing the right place for your child.

Licensed for

75 children