Basin Reserve, Wellington

Welcome to Childhood Concepts Basin Reserve, on Kent Terrace. We are the first Wellington centre to join the Childhood Concepts’ group.

With an inner-city location near Wellington’s much loved Basin Reserve, we have plenty going on around us. We love watching the hum of the terraces from our windows, especially Wellington’s number 1 double decker bus!

We are rich in ethnicity, perspectives, ideas and cultural celebration at our centre and we love all that our central location has to offer. With Te Papa down the road, the city on our doorstep and Oriental Bay a stone’s throw away, there is learning and fun both within and beyond our centre.

Under the new ownership of Childhood Concepts, this centre has not yet been reviewed by ERO.

preschool child at our wellington centre

Our Early Learning Centre

Our two classrooms are lovingly called Pūkeko Room and Kea Room. Our Pūkeko room is home to up to 25 under two year olds. Our Kea room is home to up to 21 children from two years old until they head off to primary school.

Kea and Pukeko rooms open out into our large central courtyard playground, where both groups play together. Our courtyard, coupled with our wonderful diversity gives us a fun and vibrant international feel.

children playing outside at childhood concepts wellington

A Day in the Life

Open Monday to Friday, 7.30-6pm, we offer a full year of learning and caring, closed only on public holidays.

During the day your children will be involved in a variety of valuable learning experiences, some adult directed and intentional, with an overarching practice of child led learning through play. All experiences are based around extending and supporting children’s interests and celebrating their unique identity.

Our day routine is much like a family routine. Children and adults flow in a rhythm like we do at home, with our younger babies and children having their sleeps and meals at times that suit them and as they happen in their own homes.

Children enjoy a warm and delicious cooked meal straight from our very own kitchen at lunch time. Breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea as well as snacks are all part of their day and enjoyed together.

As well as a rich centre based curriculum, our children enjoy regular excursions to the local landmarks as well.

Come and visit us to really know. Join in and have some fun here. You’re welcome to stay and play to try out a session.

kindergarten children painting

Meet the Basin Reserve Team