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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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.

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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 November 2021

    Kia ora Karori Kids Whānau,

    Christmas is fast approaching. It is now nearly the end of the year and I hope as we plan our holidays, we continue to keep ourselves safe and well.

    We are delighted to welcome our new families who have joined us this month: Holly Patel and Aadhira Hariharan. We also want to say farewell to Kata’s family who are spending a year in Switzerland. We will surely miss Kata and the whole family.

    Christmas Party

    Our Christmas party will be held on Friday, the 17th of December which is also our last day of our school for the year 2021.

    At these uncertain moments, it is practical to keep our Christmas party simple. We will start at 3:00 pm as we normally do during Christmas party. We will organize pizza and Christmas cookies per family. There will be games, raffle draws, gifts and prizes to be given away. A bouncy castle for our tamariki will also be organised. A friend of Gina’s named Adrian will also come along to sing Christmas songs. Of course, we will also witness the talents of our children in singing Christmas songs.  

    This is a great opportunity to come and celebrate Christmas. We will email you the Covid protocol closer to the date. The teachers will be collecting R.S.V.P before the end of the month.  

    I am sure it will be another fun event for our Karori Kids whanau!


    During the month of November, we have engaged our children in celebrating Diwali. Our kaiako have created different opportunities to acknowledge and introduce Diwali traditions to our tamariki. We enjoyed making diva lamps, giving henna designs, making ladoo and barfi sweets and Bollywood dancing. This opportunity has allowed our children to experience the different cultures and customs that are valuable to our tamariki and whanau.   

    Our children have also been enjoying our outdoor activities. Water play, sandpit play, dancing and other active movements such as jumping, running and bike riding were very popular this month.

    We have also selected our virtue for this term, which is respect. The children have been taught different ways how to show respect: to resources, to their peers and to their environment.

    We have also started practicing our Christmas songs. Children have been learning them in the morning at 9:30 and singing along to the songs throughout the day.

    Donations for Prizes

    We will be asking our whanau if they want to donate any items that we can include in our prizes for our games, raffle draws etc.  Please speak to one of our teachers if you have anything you would like to donate.

    Halloween Party

    Our Halloween party was great success. Thank you to our whanau who came in such great costumes and joined our party. It was a great for our tamariki, whanau and Kaiako as it provided them the opportunity not only to have fun but also to strengthen the relationships we have in our Centre.

    Summer time

    With the warmer weather comes water play and other messy outside play. Please ensure your child has plenty of spare clothes in their bags. We would appreciate if you could bring a wet bag for wet clothes.

    We are applying sun block to children 3 times per day as per our Sun Protection Policy: before morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Children will be encouraged to play in the shade during peak burn times. If your child requires a special sunscreen, please bring in a named bottle for us to apply.

    3rd December, Friday: Splash Day.

    Please bring your child’s togs and a towel for your child as this will be a water play with full of fun and activities.

    10th January, Monday- First day of Karori Kids for the year 2022

    Please be reminded of our first day of our school which is on Monday, the 10th of January we will operate it as normal hours 7:45-5:30

    Parent Helpers

    Thank you to Mike who helped us in mowing our outdoor area.

    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.

    Healthy Heart

    Our children have been enjoying our healthy menu. We now make our own hummus, smoothies and eat our fresh vegetables from our garden.

    Policies Reviewed:

    We have reviewed and updated the following policies: Pandemic policy, health and safety checklist and Māori as Tangata whenua. These will be emailed to you before the end of the month. 

    Reminders: Up to date immunisation records.  Please be reminded that we are still waiting for your child’s up to date immunisation record. Thank you to our parents who already gave me a copy of their child’s immunisation records

    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, thank you for the support of everyone. Your cooperation with your child’s learning is truly admirable.

    "E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi Engari, he toa takitini."

    "My success are not mine alone, they are ours-the greatest successes we will have are from working together."  

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