As soon as you step inside, you will see why families love to bring their children to Southside Kids Childcare Centre!

Regarding fees during this four week closure

Hello everyone we hope you, your families, and your loved ones are all safe.

Over the past two days we have been trying to contact parents and guardians regarding fees while the centre is closed. You will not be charged fees during the nation-wide shutdown, so we ask that you halt any payments relating to the shutdown period, which commenced 26/03/2020.

We will be in touch with you as soon as we have been authorised to re-open by the government, which assuming all goes according to plan will be 23/04/2020. I will keep this site up-to-date with news of our re-opening date or requirements from the Ministry of Education.

if there are any further concerns i would recommend emailing us at:
or texting Julie at: 027 5706124

As Bennie the turtle is too shy to answer the phone the centre phone won’t be available.

Kind Regards
Stay safe, stay healthy

COVID-19: Alert Status Level 4

The centre will be closing today and will not be open for the next four (4) weeks as per the NZ Government Level 4 nationwide shutdown.

All early childhood centres will close from today for all but children of identified essential workers.

The Ministry of Education is investigating how they will support essential workers with regard to child care and, as some of the parents/carers of children attending the Southside Kids fall into this catergory the status of the centre may change.

The Centre Manager has  everyone’s contact details and will contact all parents/carer if the situation changes.


The centre has adopted the Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines and will be following all advice issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) / MOH / NZ Government.

Current MOE guidelines state that there is no need to close the centre as there are only a few cases of COVID-19 and none related to small children.

Prevent the Spreadcovid_19_400

  • Do you feel unwell?
  • Do you have any of these symptons:
    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Breathing difficulties
  • Have been overseas in the last 14 days?
  • Are you close to someone diagnosed with COVID-19?


Call 0800 358 5453 for free advice from a health professional.

We provide a safe and nurturing child care centre and are proud of our reputation within the Wellington community for being dedicated and of course fun!

The curriculum at our child care centre includes routines and regular events/activities, and through children’s and/or teachers initiation, activities that enhance and extend children’s play and thinking. With over 18 years’ experience, we create an environment where children are competent learners.

We focus on children developing social competence to enable them to play and learn with and alongside others. We believe that positive relationships with others is the key to children growing as confident learners and communicators, secure in their sense of belonging and the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

Our kids are interested in the world beyond the fence. To encourage their interest and help them learn about their community and the groups and people who support it we have developed a program around the theme of community. This will include exploring what makes the community around the centre special, walk or drives around the community and visits to local community groups (e.g., SPCA).

Our staff:

  • Qualified, registered early childhood teachers
  • Share a passion for teaching
  • Believe in high quality early childhood education
  • Genuinely care for our kids


  • Full time $260 per week or $170 with ECE 20 Hours
  • Daily and half day options available.


Education Review Office (ERO) Review

Children benefit from positive relationships with teachers who know them well. Their learning is celebrated throughout the home-like environment. An emphasis on creative arts is evident. Science and mathematics learning are woven into play-based contexts. Routine times are used well for meaningful learning and discussion. Open-ended questioning supports and enhances children’s thinking. A recent success for the service has seen a range of very useful strategies embedded to promote literacy and oral language.