Welcome to Karori Kids

Quality education and care within a family environment in the heart of the Karori community


1:4 Teacher to Child ratio

Karori Kids Inc wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.


About Us

Wellington's largest outdoor space

Our philosphy encourages our tamariki to be inspired, courageous, free exploring and adventurous risk takers who feel a sense of stability in their surroundings and have the opportunity to take time to escape to a quiet, comfortable, safe area.


Healthy Children

Nutrition is an important part of the values of Karori Kids. We have a cook who provides nutritious meals on a monthly cycle.

Curious Explorers

We focus on the 5 strands; Wellbeing, Belonging, Contribution, Communication and Exploration. 

We work closely with parents to understand the expectations and priorities and this helps us to establish the identity of the centre.  We weave this into how we teach Te Whaariki. 

We encourage and expand on our children's interests. 

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Our Team

A committed and caring team of 6 full-time teachers with additional part-time support. We commit to having 100% fully qualified and registered teachers.

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Our Vision

Our Centre's vision is to 'Provide quality education and care within a family environment in the heart of the Karori community'. This is underpinned by our mission 'To inspire courageous investigators within a secure, nurturing learning community'.

We consult with parents to make sure we tailor the Te Whaariki early childhood curriculum to capture the identity and priorities of the centre.


    Karori Kids Philosophy

    Whānau Focused

    We are a whānau focused community centre where Te Whāriki is the mat we stand on together.


    Te Tiriti O Waitangi

    We honour Te Tiriti O Waitangi through our Teina Tuakana culture of manaakitanga.

    Holistic Learning

    We provide effective readiness for school through holistic learning and being a responsive member of our learning community.



    Through respectful collaborative relationships we support the whakamana and uniqueness of our ākonga.


    Fees & Info


    • 2 year olds – $300p/week

    • 3-4 year olds – $220 p/week (incorporates 20 hrs government subsidy )

    • Fees include all meals, including a cooked meal every day & Tumbling Tots for one term. 

    • We are part of the Ministry of Education 20 hours ECE Scheme

    • We are not licenced to provide part time or casual hours.

    Opening Hours

    • Open 7:45am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday we are open all year except for…..

    • Two teacher-only days per year

    • Closed for three weeks over Christmas

    Other Info

    • We are small, catering to a maximum of 24 children

    • We are a full-time centre only

    • We have friendly, dedicated, caring, experienced, and highly committed teachers

    • We ensure a good staff/child ratio

    • We provide child profiles and updates for all our children and use these to share learning events with our parents

    • We run a special daily programme for our four year olds 'The Thunderbirds' (see Getting Ready for School.)


    Contact Karori Kids Inc

    Please feel free to get in touch with us. 
    Come and visit us and see our Centre!

    29 Campbell St, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

    04-476 6887

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    Getting Ready for School


    Thunderbirds (four year-old programme)

    We have a four year-old programme that operates four days a week MON-THURS 2:30-3 pm. The children work in small groups with a teacher, to not only further develop their basic literacy and numeracy skills but to also expand their general knowledge, introduce them to the wider world through fun projects and encourage them to share what they already know and expand on it . We also take the four year olds on school visits as a group, before their individual school visits, we find this hugely benefits with their transition to school.

    We foster close relaionships with nearby local primary schools as part of our transitioning programme.  

    At our preschool and childcare centre we also have a three year old programme that operates on a Friday afternoon from 2:30pm-3pm. This encourages children to learn to listen, take turns, take part in discussions as well as encouraging social interaction.

    Different resources are used to contribute to the children’s learning including supervised internet access, (e.g. watching the NASA space shuttle launch) the community, as well as inviting different organisations to speak to the children (e.g. SPCA and the Police).

    If you would like to receive our handout about how we support children for school  please email the centre.


    Karori Kids Inc is a registered charity

    All fees go towards operating and improving the centre


    What's happening at Karori Kids 
    Centre Manager's Report June 2021

    Centre Manager’s Report July 2021

    Kia ora Karori Kids Whānau,

    A very warm welcome to our new members: Timon Nikau and Sylvie Bagshaw. We are looking forward to getting to know them and their whānau.


    We have celebrated Matariki with an opening and closing ceremony to observe tikanga Maori.  Also through the week we engaged in varied activities: reading and listening to stories about Matariki; the children enjoyed creating amazing arts and crafts, Tracy and Catherine taught the children the Matariki Macarena and we all enjoyed preparing and eating the hakari/feast together. It was a great success.

    We continued to learn Maori myths and legends. Children have been engaging with arts and craft extending their knowledge about the stories of Maui: “Maui slowed the sun,” “Maui caught the North Island” and “How Maui found his mother and father.” The children have also re-enacted the stories of Maui.

    We have also set up a science corner for our children to increase their knowledge about sciences. This is an opportunity to extend investigation, exploration and curiosity. We encourage our parents to contribute. Any resources or ideas that can contribute to this corner, we would really appreciate it.

    We have continued to reinforce positive values in the Centre. We created a “kindness tree” to encourage our children to use kind words and kind activities. Revisit our Karori Kids Treaty with our children such as having gentle hands, using kind words and helping each other has also been part of our daily routine. Our tamariki have been helping their teachers and peers in tidying up resources. They have also been displaying tuakana-teina model. Well done! 

    Thunderbird’s programme is also now made visible to the parents to look at. A new board has been allocated for the teacher’s planning and children’s display.

    Disco Night

    We will have our Disco Night on Friday the 30th of July. Please come dressed with our theme “Winter Wonderland” and enjoy our fun night. Feel free to bring a plate of food to share.



    We will have two student teachers coming at the end of July and August. We welcome Emma from Open Polytechnic who is with us for 35 hours per week for a month and Chencen who will be doing a 16 hour per week internship for the rest of the year.

    Parent Helpers

    We continue to encourage our parents to help us maintain our outdoor area (i.e lawn mowing, gardening,) Please let us know if you could help us with this.

    Karori Library visits

    The 4-year old children had their library visit on Tuesday which they really enjoyed the story time with the Librarian Max. We will continue to have a library visit every second week of the month.


    Teachers have also started to set up children’s individual goals on Storypark. We encourage our whanau to look at their child’s goal and contribute to the learning journey of their tamariki. Feel free to speak to our teachers for any consultation regarding your child’s goals.

    Please continue to like, share and add reviews to our Karori Kids Preschool Facebook page and google. This will help in promoting our Preschool and getting our name out into the community.

    Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to our teaching team who made a huge effort for implementing programmes that cater children’s interests and needs. To our parents who have been with us supporting their children’s learning journey, thank you and well done for having a strong partnership with us.

        Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai

    Many hands make light work. Unity is strength.

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