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 Centre teachers provide children with a nurturing environment as they take their first steps into the wider world. This is often the important first start for young children as they enter their early childhood educational experience.

Teachers form strong, reciprocal and respectful relationships with each family, supporting the children’s sense of well being and belonging. There are opportunities for parents/whānau to be involved in their children’s learning, and their aspirations for their child are acknowledged in the learning programme.

Our full-time teachers are experienced, fully qualified and certificated early childhood educators and have experience with children and their families in kindergartens, other centres and language nests. Our teachers undertake regular professional development to ensure current theories and changes in the sector are supporting their professional practice.

Our Committee

The Centre is an Incorporated Society, determined by a Constitution, which allows for a management committee made up of parents and the staff. The Committee is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee is responsible for financial management, grants, marketing, aspects of administration and other special projects.
The Committee is supported by two paid part-time staff: Helen Baxter is our Manager and Kathleen Reece is our Financial Administrator. Parents can volunteer for other jobs, such as clerical, maintenance, washing, working bees etc.




New Families


The opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm.

During each day children are engaged in educational experiences that promote positive learning outcomes, self-choice learning experiences, and mat times for morning tea and lunch with the teachers. The outdoor play areas at the centre include a large, safe, shaded playground and a sustainable edible garden.

The Centre is open during the school holidays, 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.

KEL Daily Rhythm


  • A nutritious morning tea and lunch (and an afternoon snack if your child attends till 2.30 pm) in a named box and drink bottle
  • A coat and hat on cold days, or a sunhat and sunscreen on sunny days
  • A change of clothes (named please!)
  • Disposable nappies and wet wipes if your child is in nappies.

N.B. Dress your child in old clothes as there is lots of messy play on offer!


Before your child’s first day, we recommend that you visit the Centre with your child. We aim to create a warm friendly environment where your child feels safe and secure when being left.

Parents/whānau may also need to spend time with your child to help them settle in during the first few times they attend. The Senior Teacher is always happy to discuss ways of settling that might work best for your child.



20 Hours ECE for 3 and 4 year olds
Kilbirnie Early Learners offers the 20 Hours ECE funding scheme. This means that parents of 3 and 4 year old children have the option to attest hours to the Centre, up to a total of 20 hours per week. As a result, the Centre receives 20 Hours ECE funding from the Ministry of Education for those hours.


Children under 3 years old
Fee per hour is $6.30.


Children aged 3 or 4 years old
For families attesting 20 Hours ECE to the Centre, no fees are charged, but a donation of $2.70 per attested hour is recommended in order for the Centre to continue to provide a high quality learning environment and a full complement of qualified teachers.

A fee of $6.30 per hour is charged for any non-attested hours.
For families NOT attesting 20 Hours ECE to the Centre, the fee charged is $6.30 per hour.


Fundraising levy
All families are also charged $3.00 per day in lieu of involvement in fundraising activities.

N.B. All amounts are GST inclusive.


Work and Income NZ Childcare Subsidy
Some families may also be eligible for a Childcare Subsidy from Work and Income to assist with payment of fees. The subsidy rate depends on the household income.


Please talk to the Manager or Senior Teacher if you require further information on eligibility for the Ministry of Education’s 20 Hours ECE funding or Work and Income Childcare Subsidy.


Please refer to the Information Brochure for more information.

We welcome visits to Kilbirnie Early Learners.  If you are interested in enrolling your child at the Centre, please email the Centre for an enrolment form and more information,

Completed forms can be emailed to us at or bring with you when you visit us.







The Centre


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

Our educational programme is planned in conjunction with the Ministry of Education curriculum, Te Whāriki. This forms the foundation of our day to day practice, activities and interactions with the children/tamariki, and is designed to support and challenge children during their important early years.

Throughout their time at Kilbirnie Early Learners children are given opportunities to express themselves creatively, physically, mentally, emotionally, culturally and spiritually.

We support children’s development by providing learning experiences that pertain to the children’s interests and strengths, dispositions, language, and include a culturally appropriate curriculum, which is conducive to the Early Childhood Curriculum.

These are designed to stimulate and respond to the children’s interests, with age-appropriate activities such as art experiences, Te Reo Māori, waiata, collage, puzzles, water play, and stories. These activities in turn promote children’s autonomy, early literacy and numeracy skills, as well as physical confidence and skills for life.

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou māhi
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work

Ngā  Uara – Our Values 


We are a warm and welcoming place

We encourage parent/whānau contribution

We build respectful relationships

We acknowledge our bicultural foundation and our multicultural context

We make connections with our community

Te Kaupapa – Philosophy 


  • We believe that children/tamariki learn best through a “self-choice” approach to teaching and learning. Our learning programme is based on Te Whāriki (early childhood education curriculum).  Tamariki are supported and guided to take responsibility for their own learning. (Ako).
  • We believe that tamariki learn best when their health and well-being, (Mana Atua) is nurtured, they have a sense of belonging, (Mana Whenua), they are supported to contribute through active exploration, by observing and by imitating others and they learn through interaction and communication (Mana Reo) with their peers.
  • We support the individual interests of tamariki through a variety of curriculum mediums and use “Notice, Recognise, Respond and Revisit” as a basis for assessment.
  • We support tamariki to learn in a group setting as we believe these experiences hold valuable learning opportunities and possibilities for all children.
  • We support tamariki to develop social competence by modelling positive behaviour and by supporting them to practice appropriate strategies.
  • Our learning programme respects and supports the rights of each child to be confident in their own culture.
  • We encourage a culture of inclusion, participation and consultation with all our centre parents/ whānau because we believe children’s learning and development is strengthened as a result.
  • All whānau contributions to their child’s learning are valued and we respect and acknowledge their aspirations for their tamariki.
  • We acknowledge the special place of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our learning programme is inclusive of te reo and tikanga Māori.

The Centre programme is planned in conjunction with the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, the legal document on which our Centre is licensed. This forms the foundation of our day to day practice, activities and interactions with the children/tamariki. Children learn through active exploration and self-directed play.

Our programme matches the needs of the children. This begins with noticing, recognizing and responding to the children’s interests and working from that point. Together, children and teachers decide which direction the learning will take to create a unique environment for our tamariki.

Group play and socialization is promoted. Children have access to a wide range of fun and challenging activities, materials and equipment that extend children’s interests and learning. During the day the children are given the time and space for a natural progression through self discovery and experimentation, enhancing their emotional, cognitive, and physical well being. Children are formally observed on a regular basis. These observations are recorded and contribute to each child’s individual profile book.

At our Centre we help children acquire the skills needed for school. It is these skills that will enable the children to settle into the primary school environment with ease.

Copies of our latest Education Review Office report (2014) are available at the Centre or on the ERO website.

Highlights include:

The philosophy of children learning most effectively through a ‘self-choice’ approach is very evident in practice.

Literacy is an integral part of the programme with children reading and writing independently and supported by teachers.

Children are well engaged in a wide range of learning experiences. A calm, settled atmosphere prevails.

The environment is well organised and a wide range of resources is easily accessed by children.

Planned development of the outdoor area has begun with the laying of new safety matting.

There is a strong focus on partnership with parents and good relationships are evident.

The experienced, well-established teaching team work together collaboratively and know the children and their families well.

View the 2014 ERO report

We are fortunate in New Zealand that the government provides funding to help cover teachers’ salaries and some of the general day-to-day running costs of the Centre.  Fees and community grants are necessary however, in order for us to provide high quality resources, replace equipment and materials, develop grounds and buildings and maintain the high standard of care and education that we are so proud of.

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.



Level 1, 40 Molesworth Street, New Plymouth
Ph: 06 769 5640

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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