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 5 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

    March 2021

    Kia ora Karori Kids Whānau

    Our current role is 21 children.  We have 3 spaces available immediately (although have had several inquiries to fill these) and 2 spaces available later in the year.  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.

    We have had a busy month settling our new tamariki into the Karori Kids routine and saying goodbye to Ivan.


    • Our tamariki have been busy engaging in lots of visual art experiences this month.  From cotton bud painting to sand art, self-directed art works and taking inspiration from famous artists; our tamariki have been learning about expressing themselves, developing fine motor skills, inventing, and experimenting with their visual art exploration.

    • We have also had a big focus on supporting children’s social and emotional development.  We have been reading stories about how to be good friends, coaching children to be able to join in play and solve conflicts by modelling and providing them with the words needed, gifting children the strategies needed to calm themselves down like taking big deep breaths and taking themselves to the chill out corner.  In developing these strategies, we have also engaged in learning yoga which has been very popular with our tamariki, particularly at rest time.  We explore yoga through books as well as some fantastic youtube clips called cosmic yoga.

    • Science has also been a big interest for our tamariki lately as we explore chemical reactions through baking and volcano making, as well as going on bug hunts and learning about bugs in books.

    • Today Catherine and I took a group of 8 children to the library for the Rainbow Reading storytime.  This very special story time was hosted by 3 drag performers who shared some fabulous stories about being uniquely you, being inclusive and embracing self-care and personal growth.  We also did some fun actions songs to move and groove along to.  This experience shows our tamariki the importance of accepting yourself as you are; and being accepting of others.


    • Eva and Victoria are attending a professional development course over 2 Saturdays based around He Māpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning.  This workshop will introduce teachers to ideas around emotional literacy and encourage teachers to start thinking about ways of being proactive rather than re-active when considering how to grow emotionally literate children.  Teachers will also be learning about establishing a positive climate, constructing values, developing and promoting expectations, establishing consistent routines and creating a safe and inclusive space.  We look forward to Eva and Victoria sharing the strategies they learn through this in order to help guide our internal evaluation on supporting social and emotional development.  This learning also ties in well with the course that Savannah and I have been attending over a series of weeks and a workshop that Catherine attended at the end of last year.


    • A huge thank you to everyone who was involved with making our stall at the Karori Karnival such a great success!  The roast pork buns were very popular, as was the face painting.  What a fantastic way to get our name out into the community!

    • Just a reminder that we are closed over easter on Friday the 2nd of April and Monday the 5th of April

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