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Newtown - Wellington

The Salvation Army Early Childhood Education Centre - Wellington

The Salvation Army Early Childhood Education Centre is a community-based early education centre catering for ages 0-6 years. We are a small family size childcare with capacity for 20 two to six year old children and 8 infants and toddlers.

The Salvation Army Early Childhood Education Centre provides quality early childhood education with a Christian emphasis. At our centres we place a strong emphasis on allowing children to learn through play. We provide individualised learning programmes based on each child’s interests, using a varied range of opportunities and experiences.

Te Whāriki, the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum is woven throughout our programme. This emphasises the learning partnership between teachers, parents, and families. Te Whāriki ensures that children are taught literacy and numeracy skills in an age-appropriate manner. Our centres receive regular positive reviews from the Education Review Office (ERO). It is important to us that your children are well cared for. We value our trusted relationships with each child and family and want ‘our place’ to become ‘your place’.

Our childcare also provides the Space parenting programme four mornings a week providing capacity for up to 15 babies and first time parents to learn more about their parenting journey during the first year of life.

Our childcare is located in a community hub facility which includes other services to benefit your family such as a playgroup, fruit and vege co-op, counselling, food bank, and other social support services.

Licensed for

45 children

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Newtown - Wellington

The Park Early Learning Centre

We welcome you and your child to what we trust will be an extension of your home. By working together we will provide an environment that promotes quality child care and education.

The Park is a beautifully designed, purpose-built Early Learning Centre located on the old Athletic Park rugby ground in Newtown.

At The Park we value the importance of relationships that provide the foundation for people to grow together, take risks and construct knowledge and understanding, through play. We believe that these values form a solid foundation for all children to become confident and capable lifelong learners.

Our ‘Village @ the Park’ retirement community is a unique aspect of our curriculum. We enjoy a special relationship with the retirement living complex through our Intergenerational Care Programme. Children and older adults experience planned and spontaneous interactions where they enjoy each others’ company and appreciate each others’ contributions within our community.

We have spacious environments that provide a range of opportunities for children to learn at their own pace. Our large natural outdoor environment encourages children to explore and discover the wonders of nature.



The Discoverers Area with its three rooms is where our youngest tamariki start their early learning journey at The Park ELC.

In the Discoverers, we are inspired by the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarer) philosophy, Reggio Emilia Philosophy and Te Whariki (our New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum).

We value our environment and offer rich experiences using open-ended, natural resources to allow children to explore with broad possibilities. Our teachers facilitate experiences for tamariki to build understanding about the wider world, to cultivate their sense of responsibility, and to foster relationships. Through respectful interaction, we empower our children to be active, confident and curious Discoverers – a positive foundation for lifelong learning.


Welcome to the Explorers at The Park ELC! Here in the two Explorers Rooms, we support children aged 2-3 years old in their individual journey of learning and discovery.

We focus on encouraging tamariki to develop their independence, as they begin to take responsibility for themselves, their belongings and their decisions and choices.

Our educators form trusting and respectful relationships with our Explorers tamariki. They also build close connections with parents and whanau, taking the time to share their daily interactions. The teachers’ secure attachments allow children to build confidence to try new things and develop foundational skills and understanding.


In the Adventurers we aim to establish close, strong and trusting relationships with everyone, creating a strong whānau feeling.

Our Adventurers children, aged 3 – 5 years, continue to build on skills they have previously learned in the Explorers – independence and taking on responsibility for themselves, their peers and the environment.

They continue to develop a sense of self and their place in the world. We see them establish their own interests and opportunities, take ownership of their learning and begin to consolidate life-long skills.

Teachers ensure children spend their day engaged in meaningful activities that build persistence, perseverance, problem solving skills, and creativity – fostering life-long learners.

Licensed for

150 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Adelaide Early Childhood Centre

Adelaide prides itself on providing a warm, caring environment together with quality learning experiences and a team of experienced, qualified educators. Adelaide has all the indoor and outdoor resources that young minds and bodies need – from play equipment and toys to books and gardens. It all adds up to a rich learning environment. 

Adelaide has a maximum roll of 35 children per day, so there is one staff member for every six children. Such a low ratio ensures there are always enough teachers to provide quality learning experiences that suit each child’s stage of development. It also enables activities such as trips into the community. 

We are a parent cooperative 

That means Adelaide is not run for profit and parents are involved in the governance and management of the centre. A New Zealand Council for Educational Research concluded that parent cooperatives like Adelaide deliver a higher quality of early childhood education than privately-owned centres.  

Licensed for

35 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Newtown Kindergarten

Haere mai, welcome to Newtown Kindergarten. We offer your family a wonderful warm learning experience. Our established kindergarten is just off Adelaide Road near the hospital. It is large and light with a spacious outdoor area.  

We provide activities such as gardening, composting, tree-climbing, swinging, and sand and water play. We also have a physical challenge course and an amazing fort.   

Inside, we have areas for quiet activities such as reading and puzzles, and a small room for family and dramatic play. We have spaces for exploring literacy, numeracy, construction, and music and movement, and a range of art experiences.   

Our early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki is bicultural, and we weave aspects of Te Ao Maori and Te Reo Maori (the Maori world view and the Maori language) into our programme.  

We encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning.  Children develop skills in relationships, problem solving, co-operation, and qualities such as curiosity, perseverance, concentration, empathy, courage, and trust.          

Our five qualified registered teachers range from recent graduates to those with long experience, and we have a part-time administrative support person.     

Children start around three years of age and most attend for three days, a week, but can attend up to five days by arrangement. We are open for 48 weeks of the year.

Licensed for

42 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Wellington South Kindergarten

Wellington South Kindergarten in the heart of Newtown has a diverse learning community. We cater for up to 30 children each day, with most attending three, four or five days.  

 We visit the local library park regularly and take older children on school visits. Our four teachers are all qualified and registered.   

Children have fun while learning in our engaging environment, which includes sand and water play, bikes, and physical challenges.   

We set up activities to reflect children’s interests, and include construction, reading, arts and crafts and quiet play. Teachers integrate literacy, numeracy, and social skills into the programme in a fun and interactive way.  

Te Whariki, our early childhood curriculum is bicultural, and we include Te Ao Maori and Te Reo Maori (Maori language and world view).   

We build strong relationship with children and families. We provide a warm and welcoming setting, so families have a sense of belonging, and they contribute to our programme. We hold whanau evening each term so families can share a meal and get to know each other.

Licensed for

30 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Sagata Ana Childcare

Sagata Ana Childcare is an aoga amata providing a Samoan language service for children aged six months to five years. The aoga opened in 1988 and is affiliated with the Samoan Catholic Association. It operates in an historic building owned by the Catholic Diocese in the grounds of St Anne's Catholic Primary School and next to Newtown Primary School.

The aoga provides full-day education and care for a maximum of 25 children, including up to five children under two years of age. Most of the children enrolled are Samoan. The aoga promotes mixed-age programmes and provides separate areas for babies and toddlers to play and sleep. Children of all ages access the outdoor space.

The supervisor, manager and many staff have a long association with the centre. All staff are Samoan, and all speak gagana Samoa fluently. A management committee consisting of parents and staff provides governance support for the centre. The centre's philosophy promotes values and practices that align with the Catholic and fa'a Samoa context. It also recognises the Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Maori as tangata whenua.

Licensed for

25 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Newtown Playcentre

Hello, Kia ora, Ni hao, Kia orana, Talofa, Bonjour, Malo e lelei, Hola, Konnichiwa, As-salaam alaykum, Hej!

We are a small, friendly centre based in the heart of Newtown. We provide unique and high quality learning experiences for young children and their families. Our sessions are mixed age and open to 0 – 6 year olds, with a focus on child initiated play. We offer great facilities including a lovely garden and outdoor play area. Te Wanawana Newtown Playcentre is a safe, supportive learning environment for children and adults alike, and is perfect for parents and whanau who wish to be involved in the early education of their child / children. Our children are supported to become confident, competent self-directed learners through play based around their interests. They gain knowledge through play, participation and positive guidance.

Our children’s curiosity and creativity is nurtured 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. Siblings attend together, allowing older children to mentor younger children and practice empathy and caring.

Our parental relationships developed through Playcentre provide support and friendship. Normalising developmental stages in children and parenting alike, which help develop your tool box of skills and reduce stress. This is where you find your village!

Our parents are actively involved in providing our children’s learning programmes. The high adult to child ratio allows a good balance for group and individual support during each session.

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

24 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Newtown Early Learning Centre

Newtown Early Learning Centre provides high-quality education and childcare in a fun, stimulating and loving environment. 

We cater for children aged one to five,  right in the heart of Newtown, Wellington. 

We offer 

  • Fully qualified teaching staff 
  • Excellent child–teacher ratios Individual care and attention
  • Purpose-built facilities and modern equipment 
  • Low fees to meet the needs of Wellington families 

Our Centre is:

  • not for profit 
  • a registered charity
  • an incorporated society 

The Centre is led by a committee comprised of parents and our head teacher. 

Parents and whānau participate in the running of the Centre. 

Licensed for

30 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Kidzone Childcare Centre

Established in 1989, Kidzone is a quality, chartered & licenced childcare centre, which provides a caring environment that develops the intellectual, physical and emotional needs of each child. This includes building a child’s self-confidence and social skills, while acknowledging parents/guardians as primary caregivers and educators of their children.

We provide simple nutritious meals – morning tea, a cooked lunch and afternoon tea. The Centre caters for special diets and children with allergies. In summer, all children are covered with sunscreen before going outdoors and are provided with a sunhat, which must be worn.

A Parent Co-operative

Kidzone is a co-operative centre. Because each family shares in governance and overall management, we are able to provide high quality childcare for a reasonable cost. Co-operative responsibilities are allocated on the basis of interest and expertise and change from time to time. The most important thing about the co-operative is the need for involvement. In addition to being assigned a role or group, each family is required to pay an environment fee (in lieu of working bees) and participate in fundraising events. Social get-togethers for Kidzone families are held several times a year & include the annual Easter egg hunt, BBQs & picnics.

While every family contributes to Kidzone in some way, most decisions are made by a Governance Group, consisting of 6 core parent roles and the Supervisor, who meet every month.

Children are our focus

At Kidzone we promote the development of  young and agile minds and bodies. While licensed for 25 children from one to five years of age, a commitment to quality care means the roll is kept to 22-23 children per day. With the equivalent of 6.5 full time staff, Kidzone has excellent staff: child ratios. As well as interacting with children and parents, staff members are involved in meal preparation, domestic activities, observations of children, programme preparation/evaluation and administration.

Kidzone is recognised by the Ministry of Education as a Quality Funded Child Care Centre. The Education Review Office, in its most recent review of Kidzone, found here, acknowledged high quality education and care experiences for the children at Kidzone.

The government’s 20 Hours ECE subsidy for 3, 4 and 5 year olds is available and some families may also qualify for the WINZ childcare subsidy, which is dependent on income. More can be found out about it by contacting WINZ directly.

Licensed for

25 children

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Newtown - Wellington

A'oga Amata EFKS Newtown

EFKS A'oga Amata

Set in a culturaly rich community, and with a qualified and dedicated staff, the A'oga Amata provides a rich educational experience for young children between the age of 6 months and 5 years.

Mission & Philosophy

The A'oga Amata (beginning school) was established in 1985 by Rev Risatisone & Fereni Ete to provide an early childhood education in the Samoan language, increase participation of Samoan children in early childhood education and to encourage Samoan women to undertake training as early childhood teachers.

Who attends the A'oga Amata

Initially, enrolments were from Samoan families who used Samoan as the preferred language of the home, and who were not using mainstream early childhood services in their communities.

Current trends are challenging the A'oga Amata to respond to the changing needs of families associated with the service.

First, Samoan households are changing in many nuanced ways, affecting the languages used by parents in the home and by children at the centre.

Second, non-Samoan families are enrolling their children at the A'oga Amata, resulting in an increase in cultural and linguistic diversity.

The A'oga Amata places a high value achieving the goal of inclusion set out in the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, for early childhood education services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For all families enrolling a child at the A'oga Amata, we commit to caring for your child in developping mentally appropriate environments, including parents and caregivers in our early childhood community.


The A'oga Amata thanks to the McCarthy Trust for funding resources for it's bilingual programme.

Licensed for

40 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Southside Kids Childcare Centre

** Please note- this centre is currently not taking enrolments **

We provide a safe and nurturing child care centre and are proud of our reputation within the Wellington community for being dedicated and of course fun!

The curriculum at our child care centre includes routines and regular events/activities, and through children’s and/or teachers initiation, activities that enhance and extend children’s play and thinking. With over 18 years’ experience, we create an environment where children are competent learners.

We focus on children developing social competence to enable them to play and learn with and alongside others. We believe that positive relationships with others is the key to children growing as confident learners and communicators, secure in their sense of belonging and the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

Our kids are interested in the world beyond the fence. To encourage their interest and help them learn about their community and the groups and people who support it we have developed a program around the theme of community. This will include exploring what makes the community around the centre special, walk or drives around the community and visits to local community groups (e.g., SPCA).

Licensed for

39 children

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Newtown - Wellington

Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Kaahui

Te Kōhanga Reo

The kōhanga reo movement is a unique initiative based on total immersion in Māori language and values with the aim of passing on Māori culture to future generations.

Kōhanga reo emphasise the revitalisation of the culture through te reo Māori and are dependent on the active participation of the whole whānau. The kaupapa of kōhanga reo aims to strengthen whānau capabilities in cultural, social, economic, spiritual and political matters. Education, health and wellbeing are inherent within all aspects of the kaupapa. The prime focus is the whānau – its collective development, growth, accountability and wellbeing set within a Māori cultural context.

Kōhanga reo do not regard tamariki in isolation, but as important members of the whānau. The kōhanga reo philosophy is that tamariki will benefit when whānau successfully operate according to the kaupapa. Tamariki are an integral part of whānau development.

The following key goals are the foundation of te kōhanga reo kaupapa established in 1982:

  • total immersion in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in daily operations
  • whānau decision-making, management and responsibility
  • accountability
  • health and wellbeing of mokopuna and whānau.

The key goals of te kōhanga reo assure that there will be:

  • security in te reo Māori
  • a supportive, caring environment for mokopuna
  • whānau (collective) sharing of responsibilities, knowledge and expertise
  • greater respect and appreciation of each other.

Licensed for

40 children