Early Years Petone

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply


Early Years Petone – Where the Wild Things come to play!  Our diverse childcare centre specialises in adventure, discovery, excitement and enthusiasm in learning.

Early Years Petone sits in the heart of the vibrant and ever growing Petone community. We thrive on adventure and discovery. Our vision is ‘Where the Wild Things Come to Play’. This is brought to life in the day to day adventures that take place as part of our exciting and enthusiastic centre programme.

Our passionate team has a great sense of humour and love to make learning fun! We get excited and inspired about children’s learning and the endless possibilities of discovering where we can take this learning! Early Years Petone is a place children can come to explore, research and investigate, and where making a mess is a part of everyday life. The outdoor space is set up to encourage exploration of our natural environment. Trees, bushes, and gardens thrive with young explorers learning about how the world in the wild works.

We take the job of preparing children for a love of life time learning very seriously and we do this by encouraging open thinking and discussion, problem solving, risk taking, independence and leadership.  Teachers, children, parents and the community are all involved in supporting your child to develop social skills that are essential to becoming confident, happy and self-assured individuals for life.

Inside all of us is hope, fear and adventure. Inside all of us is a wild thing! And now let the WILD RUMPUS START! (Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak). If you have a wild thing looking for adventure call us and come and visit today!

What you can expect from our childcare centre:

  • A planned programme reflecting adventure and discovery
  • The development of life skills through hands on exploration
  • Experience and qualified teachers who know how to extend children’s learning in a fun and exciting way
  • Individual portfolios set up through Storypark for every child.
  • Weekly bush walk adventure into Percy’s Reserve


Healthy Heart Award

We are committed to ensuring our children receive healthy and nutritious food.  We follow the guidelines for the Silver Healthy Heart Award and pride ourselves on the quality of food that is served to your child.  We cater for many dietary requirements and allergies.


Trust Mark Awards

Quality Teaching
Working with Others


Our Philosophy

AKO: Teaching and Learning with Planning and Assessment

Ako is about building relationships filled with enthusiasm, adventure and excitement with our tamariki and their whānau as this plays a central role in their planning, assessment and evaluation.


TAHA TINANA: Well-being and Environment

Our environment encourages tamariki to be explorers, both physically and spiritually through an exciting and adventurous learning space.



Tamariki form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others. Our adventures and interactions are respectful, inclusive and collaborative to inspire our tamariki growth and journey of learning.



All our tamariki and whānau are encouraged to enthusiastically contribute towards the planning and implementation of our learning and adventures and share their ideas about our discoveries.


 MANAAKITANGA: Enhancement

Valuing the roots from which our tamariki have blossomed; living and breathing our language, culture and identity.


Read our latest ERO review

Click here to view our centre’s latest ERO report.


Check out our latest centre stories and events

WAM Festival


Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Doing our bit


Wild Things Community Library opening

Patrick’s Day Competition

Relay for Life

Fuzzy Wuzzy’s at Early Years Petone

Weta Workshop at Early Years Petone

Onesie Day

Maori Language Parade

Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Littlest wild things exploring

Early Years Petone’s – 2017 Hutt City Polyfest

Early Years Petone Attends Anzac Dawn Service

Early Years Petone take on Relay for Life

Superheroes for Plunket at Early Years Petone

Early Years Petone go to school

Early Years Petone meet their new neighbours

Click here to download issue 13 of ecARTnz and read about our amazing Te Puna Ora te Whare!

Click here to read about our Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Early Years Petone’s Bush Programme

Celebrating the first anniversary of Te Puna Ora te Whare

Early Years Petone performs at Polyfest 2016

Early Years Petone – Where the Wild Thing are!

Early Years Petone continue the bush walk programme

DIY at Early Years Petone




We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They’re a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.

Feedback from our parents

“As Isaac has finished his time with you all yesterday I just wanted to pass on our thanks and share the extent of the impact your service’s support, care and attention has had for us as a family. With my wife and step-son still adjusting to life in NZ, the introduction of a little one to the mix  has brought lots of joy and also quite a bit of pressure to our situation.  Having no immediate family here in NZ at all has certainly brought extra challenges for us too.

From the moment we approached Early Years, (yourself and Meg in particular), you gave us confidence that you would help us if you could, you made Isaac and myself feel very welcome. I in particular have felt welcomed as I came up to share some time with Isaac – which as a working dad who hasn’t been able to afford more than a week off with Isaac in his first year, has meant a lot to me to be able to share even a short amount of time with him.

Your willingness to help us with our variable requests have basically allowed my wife to work, and for us as a family to make or number one priority for the year become a reality. We can not thank you enough. I really wanted to share the context of our appreciation with you and your staff as it goes beyond the fact that you are providing a paid service. Also Storypark has allowed my mum to follow some of Isaac’s progress from the UK which is yet another amazing thing.”


“Thank you so very much for taking care of our little girl. She absolutely loved coming to spend her days with you guys. It was awesome watching her grow and learn and it was fantastic to watch the bond she formed with her friends and teachers. You guys will never know how grateful we were to you for providing a loving, nurturing, fun and educational place for her during what was a very busy two years for us. Knowing she was safe, happy, loved and well fed (thanks Saby) was a great thing for us every day. Thank you for making us feel like we are well and truly a part of the family.”

“We love the regular updates we receive through Storypark, as do our family and friends who all share in his development. They always greet our family with a smile and are happy to see us every time we drop him off. It’s that type of personal attention that makes us feel completely at ease leaving him in their hands.”

“My son has thrived with all you have taught him and most important he has had fun and made friends.”