Looking for safe, loving childcare in Karori?
You’ll find what you’re looking for at our childcare centre, where every day begins and ends with loving care. Here, our dedicated Centre Director, Julia Dixon, and her devoted team are committed to providing fun-filled, respectful early childhood care and education, for your tamariki. As we build a loving, supportive relationship with your little one - and with you, you’ll discover that together, we can help your child reach their full potential.
At Kindercare in Karori, we believe in supporting whānau as part of ours, from the beginning. That’s why we offer enrolment options to suit your needs, including full time, and part time care and education.
You’ll love the feeling of being part of a larger whānau at our daycare - particularly with our homely atmosphere, loving rituals through the day, and commitment to building meaningful connections with each tamariki and adult in our centre.
About our childcare centre
Hours of fun and learning
Open daily throughout the year (except for weekends and statutory holidays)
7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
Age group of children we cherish
Transition to School
Because we want the best for your tamariki, as you do, we don’t compromise on safe, supportive, care and education. Our team works hard to ensure your whānau receives an outstanding level of care for your weekly fee, which includes:
- a generous annual leave allowance
- a nutritious midday meal, prepared fresh at the centre daily – so you won’t need to pack kai
- healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks to fuel your child’s play and learning
- our Positive Parenting program – offering tips, advice and support for every family
And, recognising that the needs of tamariki are all different, we ask you to supply your own bottles, formula and nappies for each day.
For more information about our enrolment schedules, space availability and fees, or anything else, please let us know. We’re here to help talk through any questions or provide whatever details you may need, so you can make the best decision for your tamariki and whānau.
What’s the first step?
We understand that deciding who to entrust with the care of your is a big decision. That’s why we welcome you to come in and visit our centre. We’d love to meet you, show you around our safe, loving care and learning environment, and help you understand what a privilege it is to begin this early childhood journey with you.
From the beginning, you’ll discover that getting to know you and your precious tamariki is our top priority. We want to know your aspirations for your child, what your little one loves, and what is just special to them, so that we can provide care and learning based on their individual interests and needs.
Why choose our childcare centre?
Nestled in the peaceful surroundings of Otara Bush and Karori Sanctuary, our established centre will feel like a ‘home-away-from-home’, from the start: a place where your tamariki will be cherished through warm, nurturing care and fun-filled learning, led by our friendly, experienced team.
Licenced to provide safe, loving care and learning since 2013, our homely centre is designed to care for your tamariki from infancy until they are ready for primary school. Your treasured tamariki will be cherished alongside tamariki of a similar age and stage of development, in settled care, and play-based learning areas – both indoors and outdoors.
Our care and learning
We’re here to nurture and guide your baby, toddler and preschool tamariki as they explore and participate in an environment that celebrates their individuality and creativity. And they’ll be having lots and lots of fun, as they learn through play. Some activities will be led by our Kaiako. Others, by your remarkable tamariki. Tamariki do this within spaces that are specially designed for their age and stage of development. These include our five sensory-rich rooms, as well as our beautiful, ‘fairy-tale’-like playground, with native flora.
And through our ‘Nourished Beginnings’ vegetarian menu, your little one will be receiving the nutrition they need to keep their bodies fueled for play and learning, throughout the day.
We also support a strong relationship with you through our open-door policy. It’s our way of inviting you and your whānau to be an active and engaged part of your child’s growth and development journey - as much as you can be, or would like to be.
You may want to chat to us a little more about the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) sessions we hold each year. These are designed to support your whānau, should challenging times arise that affect your quality of family life, but also just give you some insights into some of the challenges so many whānau face during these early years.
Kiwi Room (babies room)
In our Kiwi Room, we believe building strong, respectful relationships with you and your infant are foundational for providing the best care and learning. We establish these from the moment you transition your baby into our safe, loving environment, and maintain them throughout your little one’s time with us. This partnership allows us to get to know your baby and how we can best respond to their individual cues. By building this trust with you, your infant will soon settle and thrive in our care, giving them the confidence to explore, learn and develop naturally.
Tūī Room (toddlers room)
We understand the importance of partnering with you to help your tamariki thrive in our safe, nurturing Tūī Room. By establishing and maintaining open communication with you, we find out your dreams and aspirations for your tamariki, then work towards achieving them, together.
For us, it matters that we take the time to get to know your little one as an individual. This will help us determine how we can nurture them, extend their learning interests, guide their exploration, and provide fun-filled care and education that develops their incredible potential.
Sharing our outdoor learning space with our Kiwi Room also helps to ensure a loving transition into our Tūī Room when your little one reaches this stage of development. And you will be involved in this next step too!
Pūkeko Room (toddlers and preschoolers room)
As your tamariki grows and develops, an important aspect of the care we provide is nurturing their self-help skills. Your tamariki will have the opportunity to do this by participating in a wide range of activities to extend their individual interests and style of learning, both indoors and outside.
Our stunning outdoor playground, provides the fun-filled resources and activities that foster your child’s independence and physical abilities. And because it is shared with the other two preschool rooms, your tamariki will also be developing and learning new social skills. With a special focus on self-care, we’ll work with you, to guide your little one with toilet-training, when they’re ready.
And we’ll continue to partner with you through this exciting stage of your child’s development, keeping you up to speed on their progress and welcoming your feedback or other contributions, at any time. It’s our way of providing joy-filled, creative and exceptional care and learning for your tamariki.
Takahē Room (preschool room)
As well as affectionate relationships and giving your tamariki focused attention, social and emotional development is essential as your little one approaches school age. Our safe, nurturing Takahē Room has them covered. Through our fun-filled ‘You Can Do It’ programme, we’ll gently help your tamariki learn about the behaviours and self-esteem that is so important for building life-long skills like organisation, persistence, resilience and confidence. We’ll also guide you on how to reinforce these competencies, at home. Your tamariki will also enjoy an extra self-confidence boost on our weekly Fun Day Fridays, when they’ll have the opportunity to take on leadership roles.
Kōtuku Room (transition to school room)
Primary school arrives in the blink of an eye - and our Kōtuku Room is designed to prepare your tamariki for this next exciting step. This room, set up to reflect a similar “school room” environment, to gently help our tamariki become more familiar with the primary school experience.
The program and activities include our weekly ‘lunch box days’, to introduce your tamariki to the school lunch experience by having them bring in their lunch box, from home. We then guide them through making meals for morning tea and lunch, along with unwrapping and opening containers, independently. Your tamariki will also participate in visits to our local primary schools, allowing them to experience their future learning environment with the reassurance of their loving Kaiako with them.
We’ll continue to build your child’s social and emotional skills through our ‘You Can Do It’ programme, and your whānau can rest assured that we’ll also continue to support your preschooler’s individual learning interests, through play-based activities, project work and lots of cuddles and one-on-one time.
Our world of outdoor play
Did you know that movement is at the very heart of your child’s intellectual, social and physical development? It’s because we recognise this, that we create beautiful outdoor spaces where our tamariki can be physically active, enjoy freedom to move and build friendships.
And what could be more enjoyable than the chance to explore, play and discover in our beautiful outdoor playground? Straight out of a fairy tale, it offers plenty of tree shade and native flora to care for, as your tamariki nurtures a love for nature, and spends time in our flower and plant garden.
A little about our team
At our daycare centre, we believe in serving tamariki and whānau with love. Every day. So while your little one receives the nurturing care you want for them - with plenty of fun-filled care and learning opportunities along the way - we’ll build a strong, supportive partnership with you. Frequent opportunities to korero with you are valued by our team because hearing your thoughts and feedback, at any time, helps us ensure we provide the best care and learning for your child’s needs.
As a multicultural centre, we’ll also include you and your whānau in our cultural events and other celebrations because we genuinely want your whānau to feel that sense of belonging when you join our Kindercare whānau.
…to come along and feel the whānau vibe at our family-focussed early childhood centre. We recognise that you need to ensure you find the right place for your whānau and your treasured tamariki, because entrusting your little one to someone else is such a hard thing for many parents.
We’d like to reassure you that while your child is with us, they are being cared for and loved - and their learning is being extended at their pace, and based on their own individual strengths and interests.
Maintaining a calm, settled environment for all our tamariki, (especially during those important sleep/rest times), is essential. So, to minimise disruption to our peaceful routines and rituals, our centre visiting times are generally from 9.30am to 10.30am or after 2.45pm. Please talk to us however, if this is not suitable for you, as we are more than happy to arrange an alternative time for you to visit.
We look forward to meeting you.