Wellington Early Learning Centre

Basin Reserve, Wellington

Welcome to Childhood Concepts Basin Reserve, on Kent Terrace. We are the first Wellington childcare 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 was visited by ERO in May 2019 and received a favourable review.

Preschool Child at our Wellington Early Learning Centre
 
 

Our Childcare Centre

Our two well- resourced children's rooms are lovingly called Pukeko and Kea. The Pukeko room provides a nurturing and homely environment for infants and toddlers while the Kea room offers a range of experiences designed to provide challenges and appeal to the interests of older children.

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 in childcare
 
 

A Day in the Life

Open Monday to Friday, 7.15-6pm, 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 with an overarching philosophy of child-led learning through play. All experiences are based around extending and supporting children’s interests and celebrating their unique identity.

Our daily 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 lunchtime. 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.

Childcare Children Painting
 
 

Meet the Basin Reserve Team

 
Megan

Megan

Centre Manager

Kia ora! My name is Megan and I am so proud to be the manager here at Childhood Concepts Kent Terrace. I am originally from the ...

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Rosie

Rosie

Teacher

Kia ora, I’m Rosie.I moved from Gisborne to Wellington in 2014 where I gained a Bachelor of Science degree at Victoria University ...

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Kate

Kate

Teacher

I grew up in Taranaki and moved to Wellington in 2008. I began working with under-fives as a nanny and ...

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Dilpreet

Dilpreet

Teacher

Kia Ora/ Sat Shri Akal Tamariki and Whanau,My name is Dilpreet Mander. I am originally from India and moved to New Zealand in 2015 for my ...

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Laura

Laura

Teacher

Hi, I’m Laura and I work in the Pukeko Room.I am originally from Yorkshire in the UK. I began my early childhood journey when I ...

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Natasha

Natasha

Teacher

Hi, my name is Natasha, and I have been working here for 5+ years. It was my first job and I have been loving it here. I am a Greek ...

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Fairlee

Fairlee

Teacher

Kia ora! I’m Fairlee and I am from the Hawkes Bay. I moved to Wellington to study at Victoria University in 2014. ...

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Jamie

Jamie

Teacher

Hello! I am Jamie and have been working at Childhood Concepts since August 2019. I graduated at the end of 2009 with my Diploma of ...

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Harpreet

Harpreet

Teacher

Kia Ora Everyone,I am originally from India and been living in New Zealand from 2015. Back in India, I was a Mathematics Lecturer and ...

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Sharon

Sharon

Teacher

Hi, I’m Sharon. I’m from London and moved to New Zealand in September 2017. I have over 30 years ...

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Faith

Faith

Teacher

Hi, my name is Faith.I'm from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. I've been living in New Zealand since 2019 and absolutely love it! I ...

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Jo

Jo

Cook

I have been the amazing chef here at the centre for the last ten years. I make delicious and nutritious meals for the children’s ...

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