Kia ora!


Kia ora!

I'm Lorna, Centre Manager of Petone Early Learning Centre. I've been a part of the Barnardos whānau for over 10 years and can't wait to welcome your family into our community.

About this centre

Petone Early Learning Centre is a safe, vibrant and welcoming space where quality early learning and our tamariki are at the heart of what we do.

  • Our spacious indoor environment is purpose-built to allow for your child’s curiosities to develop while enabling them to learn and discover at their own pace.
  • Our versatile outdoor area has a beautiful natural environmnet with shady trees, two large sand pits, a fort and slides, swings, see saw climbing boxes and a big space for children to ride bikes.
  • The vegetable and flower gardens in our outdoor area grow delicious feijoas and plums – from which we make our own plum jam!
  • We are proud to hold a Gold Healthy Heart award for our commitment to early learning, health and wellbeing.

View our latest ERO report

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2–5 years

Individualised guidance, support and resources

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Flexible hours

Open 7:30am-5:30pm with part or full day options

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Large outdoors

Spacious, secure and fun environment

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BYO lunch box

Fresh fruit and water provided every day

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Affordable fees

20 free ECE hours available for children 3+ years

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Expertise and knowledge

Expertise and knowledge

Zero fees!

For a limited time only, we're offering zero fees for your first two months! Get in touch today to find out if you're eligible.

Terms and conditions apply.
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Staff who nurture and inspire

Our qualified and experienced teachers are committed to caring for and nurturing your child. They build a strong connection with each child throughout their early learning journey and go out of their way to ensure every child feels supported and their unique needs are met. 

Our teachers create positive opportunities for your child to develop physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. They help guide your child as they navigate new friendships, master new skills and build independence and resilience to get ready for school and lay the foundations for lifelong learning.

Engaging environment

Our happy and nurturing environment will inspire, stimulate and empower your child to learn in their own unique way. The outdoor spaces challenge and excite the imagination, while inside offers a quieter area for reading, rest and engaging indoor learning experiences.


Connecting with the outdoors

We only know who we are, by knowing where we come from. That's why building a strong connection with nature and our local community is so important. We believe it helps your child develop a sense of belonging and identity and positively influences their learning experiences.

We're so lucky to have so many wonderful options on our doorstep here in Petone. We grow our own vegetable and herbs in our garden and go on local community excursions. 

Nutrition and wellbeing

We encourage healthy eating habits and are proud to have been awarded a Healthy Heart award by the Heart Foundation. We are a BYO lunchbox centre which means you can pack the healthy lunch your child desires.  The children love being involved at the centre and we use the vegetables, fruit and herbs we grow, in our baking.

Your child will also be provided with fruit and water throughout the day.

Our centre is nut free and we're happy to cater for any allergy or other dietary requirements as required.

Fees and subsidies

We want to make your child's early learning and care experience as affordable as possible. We are a not for profit organisation, so everything we do goes back into supporting your child, the centre and our community. 

Our fees include:

  • Quality education, care and activities provided by our team of teachers 
  • Local outings

View Petone Centre fees

Did you know you may eligible for fee and ECE subsidies?

Learn more about fees and subsidies

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Learning through play

Our team of teachers are guided by Te Whariki - NZ's Early Childhood Curriculum. They work closely with your child and respond to their unique curiosities by creating an environment that is reflective of each child's needs.

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Connecting with whānau

Our whole community benefits from families and whānau being involved in our centre and their children's learning. Connecting with you via Storypark and celebrating festivals are just some of the ways we include families and whānau.

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Community Connection

From growing their own veggies and herbs in our veggie patch to local excursions in the community, we constantly look for ways for your child to explore the connection between their community, their environment and themselves.

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Stay in touch with Storypark

We use Storypark to record and communicate learning as it happens via photos, video, audio and observations within a secure online environment. Parents can receive instant feedback and plan new ways to extend their child's unique interests and abilities.

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"I love the people, the environment and the dedication to early learning based on research and experience."

Mark Petone

"Great staff. Awesome facilities. Family focussed."

Kylie Petone

"Wonderful, engaged and nurturing teachers, great learning environment

Meredith Petone
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