Welcome to Karori Kids
Quality education and care within a family environment in the heart of the Karori community
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.
Nutrition is an important part of the values of Karori Kids. We have been awarded a Gold Standard Healthy Heart.
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.
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.
Healthy Heart Gold Award
We regularly change our menu and ensure we meet Healthy Heart requirements.
We can cater to a range of dietary requirements (including vegetarian and halal).
We encourage our tamariki to be involved in understanding how our food is made, and where it comes from to broaden their connection to the wider world.
We have our own vegetable garden and fruit trees, and our children look after our two chickens - Hen Solo and Princess Layer.
Our children are encouraged to be active and go on regular activities such as Gym Tots and Explorations.
Speak to us about your childs dietary requirements. We cater for vegetarian, Halal and other options.
We have our own garden and fruit trees and encourage the children to help us. This helps develop their Mana Whenua and understanding of how the world is connected.
The children look after our two chickens - Princess Layer and Hen Solo.
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.
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
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
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.
All fees go towards operating and improving the centre
Karori Kids Inc is a registered charity