Karori early learning centre

Back to nature, holistic early childhood education centre in Karori

Infants and toddlers, to two years

Our Childspace Karori centre provides high quality care and education for infants and toddlers in a nurturing, respectful environment. 

We are located at 81 Old Karori Road and cater for both part and full time spaces.

The centre is licensed for 22 infants and toddlers per day, and has a team of 7 teachers.

We also have a centre kai creator (cook) who spends her days preparing nutritious and tasty meals for all of the children.

Karori early learning ECE centre

Karori Manager
Sarah Stevenson

Sarah Stevenson

How we teach

The teachers at Childspace Karori have been inspired by the work of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber. They strongly believe in providing a peaceful child-centered approach, cherishing and respecting children’s individual interests and routine. Complimenting this, each child has a key teacher.

The key teaching system provides children with the comfort of knowing a familiar adult is close by and fully present, sensitively observing their cues and gestures for both care and play needs.

Our different spaces are designed to empower infants and toddlers through free movement and floor time for infants and to meet the specific developmental needs of toddlers.

Our outdoor area provides a safe but challenging environment for infants and toddlers to explore.

Our innovative programme

We offer an innovative programme which celebrates individual children’s interests and strengths in their journey of learning and development. Each child has a ‘discovery book’ with stories about their interests and development.

We also use an online system, Educa, which is a great way to share stories and photos between teachers and whanau.

Our families are guaranteed a place at Childspace Wilton around their second birthday. The Wilton centre is a very short drive from Karori.

The key teachers at Karori and Wilton ensure there is a smooth, thoughtful and gradual process in place for the children and their families when they transition.

Parent conversations

Our centre has ‘parent conversations’ twice each year.

These are special times when parents are invited to come and meet with their child’s key teacher for an uninterrupted chat.

They share stories about their child and the teachers respond with a written summary of each child’s individual learning and development in the centre over the previous six months.


Parents are also welcome to attend workshops provided by the teaching team at Karori, our early childhood institute or by outside speakers.

These workshops provide new knowledge for families and support parents in areas that are of current interest.

So far we have had workshops such as, food & nutrition, self-regulation, child behaviour, fathering, ukulele and much more!

You are welcome to come and visit us at an arranged time. Please contact our centre manager, Sarah to do so. Looking forward to meeting you.

Karori ECE Childspace photo gallery

Important documents

Excerpts from ERO reports

Meet the Karori team

Meet our dedicated team of caring and professional specialists, who strive to provide the best possible service for you and your children.

Feedback from parents

Contact our centre

Karori (up to 2 years)
Centre Manager: Sarah Stevenson

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