Welcome to Karori Kids

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

We have full time space available now


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

    17th May 2021

    Kia ora Karori Kids Whānau

    Our current role is 20 children.  We have 4 space available immediately but are otherwise full until February 2022.  If you know anyone who may be looking for a full-time space for their child, please promote our centre.  As an added incentive, if you successfully refer a family to Karori Kids you will receive one week free of fees.

    Please also check out and like, share or add a review to our Karori Kids Preschool Facebook page and put a review of Karori Kids on google.  This will all help in promoting our centre and getting our name out into the community.

    This month we are saying a big goodbye to Lesina who is heading off to Karori Normal School next week. We all know that Lesina will have an absolute blast on her school adventure and the Mose family will be missed. Māhina will be starting on the 24th of May and we welcome her and her family to Karori Kids.


    • We have really enjoyed our first 2 weeks of Tumbling Tots, even though we had to walk in the rain last week!  Lots of gross motor exploration while we build confidence, step outside our comfort zones and have loads of fun!

    • We had lots of fun spreading joy for our Mum’s for Mother’s Day.  We talked about what we love the most about our mums, made beautiful handprint keyrings and baked some delicious muffins to share for our Mother’s Day Breakfast.  What fun time we had celebrating our mums.

    • Our Anzac Day commemoration was small but lovely.  We lay wreaths on the crosses, talked about what Anzac Day is about, listened to the last post and baked some Anzac biscuits.  Commemorating Anzac Day is such a big part of the culture in New Zealand, so it was special to be able to share this with our tamariki.

    • Small group games have also been popular this month.  We love playing “Doggy, doggy” “hide and seek” “What’s the time Mr Wolf” and “Duck, duck, goose”.  These games are a great way to encourage children to take turns, follow instructions, engage in social play with others, and showing patience.  They are also lots of fun!

    • We celebrated New Zealand Sign Language week last week by learning new signs and songs as well as revisiting some signs that we are really familiar with.

    • We have also put together the Karori Kids Rules where we all talked about ways that we can be safe and be kind at Karori Kids.  The children came up with lots of ideas like helping each other, walking feet inside, being kind and no real wild animals or volcanos inside!  All of these things ensure that we are being kind and being safe at Karori Kids.  We have also been working on saying please and thank you and asking for what we want with our words!


    • Gina our new centre manager is starting on the 24th of May.  We are really excited to have Gina be a part of the team and wish her the warmest welcome.

    • I (Tracy) will be heading off to some warmer weather and to spend some time with my family in Brisbane from the 31st May – 11th June.


    • Camp Day is coming up this Thursday the 20th of May at the request of Kata.  Bring your children dressed in their pyjamas and with a sleeping bag if you have one.  Camp day is always lots of fun and a staple every year at Karori Kids.

    • We are also having our pizza picnic to welcome Gina on Friday the 21st of May from 5.30.  Please RSVP if you haven’t already and plan on coming so that we can ensure that we have enough pizza for everyone!  Also, if anyone in your family has any specific dietary requirements, please let me know.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone, but especially the teaching team, the committee and Blair for all of you help, encouragement and support during my brief time as centre manager.  I have learnt so much during this time and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support that I received.  I am looking forward to moving back into a teacher role where I can do what I am passionate about while still being able to support Gina in her role and be a mentor for our new teachers.

    Tracy Keyes

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