Kilbirnie Early Learners

Akomanga Kōhungahunga o Kilbirnie
Early Childhood Education

8.30 to 2.30 Monday – Friday

Where play is learning

A positive and stimulating educational and developmental experience where your child can have fun and feel safe in the care of our dedicated staff

1 to 5 years

Based in Kilbirnie, Wellington, we are licenced for the care and education of 20 children aged 1 to 5 years, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

20 hours ECE

Parent donations can be supplemented by 20 hours ECE funding provided by the Ministry of Education for 3 and 4 year old children

Meet the Team


Our kaiako work in partnership with whānau to support tamariki to find a sense of wellbeing and belonging at Kilbirnie Early Learners. We value whānau involvement in tamariki learning, and whānau aspirations for tamariki are incorporated into our curriculum.

Our kaiako are experienced, fully qualified and certificated early childhood educators. They have experience working in a variety of different settings and use their diversity to support one another. All kaiako engage in regular professional development to ensure their practice is consistent with current theories and practices.

Our Committee

Kilbirnie Early Learners is an incorporated society and a registered charity, determined by a constitution. We are governed by a committee made up of whānau and the staff. The Committee is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting and is responsible for financial management, grant applications, employment of staff and for regular review of the Centre’s operational and guiding documents.

The Committee is supported by Helen Baxter our Manager and Kathleen Reece our Financial Administrator. Whānau can support the Centre by joining the Committee, or volunteering for other jobs such as maintenance, washing and working bees etc.




New Families


Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm.
Our environment encourages tamariki to explore their interests through play. Tamariki support each other in their exploration as experienced kaiako document and extend their learning.
We encourage tamariki to join us for a mat time before we sit down for kai, around 9.30 for morning kai and 11.30 for lunch.
Our covered outdoor area allows us to explore outdoors all year round.

The Centre is open during the primary school term holidays. It closes at the end of the last primary school term before Christmas and re-opens again in mid January. The Centre is closed on public holidays.


At KEL we value our settling process as a means to begin partnerships with whānau and support tamariki to build a sense of wellbeing and belonging in their new environment.
Our settling process often begins two weeks prior to a child’s start date and involves getting to know the child’s key kaiako and other Centre staff and tamariki.
As we recognise that each transition is unique to the individual, we work with each whānau to create a process that suits their particular needs.



Kilbirnie Early Learners charges $6.30 per hour ($37.80 per day), including GST, for attendance that is not covered by the Ministry of Education 20 Hours ECE funding.
20 Hours ECE for 3 and 4 year olds
Kilbirnie Early Learners is eligible for 20 Hours ECE funding from the Ministry of Education. This means that 3 and 4 year old tamariki can attend for free for up to 20 hours per week. Fees are charged however, for any hours attended over 20 hours per week, and/or for hours that whānau have not attested to Kilbirnie Early Learners – that is, whānau may be using some of their 20 hours entitlement at another early learning service.
Fundraising levy
All whānau are also charged $3.00 per day in lieu of involvement in fundraising activities.

Daily cost


Although Kilbirnie Early Learners receives subsidies from the Ministry of Education for each child, this is not adequate to cover all our operating costs. Whānau that do not pay fees are therefore welcome to make donations to the Centre to assist with the Centre’s operating costs.
Our suggested donation is $2.70 per enrolled hour ($16.20 per day).
Payment of donations is voluntary, and this amount is a recommendation only. Whānau may decide to pay more or less.


Please refer to the Information Brochure for more information.

We encourage visits to Kilbirnie Early Learners. If you are interested in enrolling your tamariki please pop in for a visit, or alternatively you can email us at for more information.

Completed forms can be emailed to us or brought in when you visit.







The Centre


Established in 1992, Kilbirnie Early Learners is a non-profit, community based and purpose-built early childhood education service in Wellington. We provide a friendly, nurturing and vibrant environment which strongly reflects our multicultural community.

Our local curriculum is supported by Te Whāriki, our national early childhood curriculum, and is informed by our local area, whānau and community. This forms the foundation of our day-to-day practice and is designed to support and challenge tamariki during their important early years.

We provide a warm, welcoming environment where tamariki are supported to explore their interests, find their strengths and form responsive relationships with those around them. They are given time and space to express themselves in a variety of ways, including creatively, physically, emotionally, culturally and spiritually. Group play and cooperation are encouraged.

Each day tamariki have access to a wide range of fun and challenging activities, materials and equipment to extend their interests and learning. Their learning journey is recorded by our kaiako in profile books which are available to whānau to read and contribute to.

At Kilbirnie Early Learners we support tamariki to develop a love of learning and become lifelong learners and we support them as they take their first steps into the school environment, as well as for the rest of their life.

Poipoia te kakano, kia puawai
Nurture the seed and it will blossom
Our Core Values
Manaakitanga: We provide a homely, inclusive environment welcoming for all
Kotahitanga: Through reciprocal relationships we foster a community of learners Ūkaipōtanga: We empower our multicultural community to hold strengths in their uniqueness and to have a place to stand
Whanaungatanga: We foster a sense of togetherness by the way we value contributions from all
Our Philosophy

  • We value the learning tamariki achieve through child initiated play and exploration. Our mixed age centre allows collaborative learning/ako through tuakana teina relationships.
  • Our curriculum reflects the values of Te Whāriki and is inspired by the tamariki
    cultures. Whānau aspirations are also an essential contribution to our curriculum.
  • We are informed by tikanga Māori and the kaupapa of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our daily practice.
  • We acknowledge that a sense of well-being and belonging are essential for learning. We develop this through partnership with whānau and tamariki.
  • We support tamariki to work through conflict with positive guidance, role modelling strategies and by providing time and space.
  • We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and we nurture their cultural identity. Our community is rich in diversity and we value the learning opportunities this brings.

Our latest Education Review Office report (2020 ) are available at the Centre or on the ERO website

The Centre is grateful to Apex Digital for their support in the development of this website and the ongoing support of Voltz for maintaining it.



0800 242 005

Contact Us

(04) 387 9488

Kilbirnie Early Learners is located in the heart of Kilbirnie.  Feel free to email us – – or call us during session times:

Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm.

We welcome visitors and new families.  Drop-off and pick-up parking is available at the rear of the community centre.



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