Nestled in the heart of Newtown, Wellington, Adelaide prides itself on providing a warm, caring environment together with quality learning experiences and a team of experienced, qualified educators. Adelaide has all the indoor and outdoor resources that young minds and bodies need – from play equipment and toys to books and gardens. It all adds up to a rich learning environment.

Adelaide has a maximum roll of 35 children per day, so there is one staff member for every six children. Such a low ratio ensures there are always enough teachers to provide quality learning experiences that suit each child’s stage of development. It also enables activities such as trips into the community.

We are a parent cooperative

That means Adelaide is not run for profit and parents are involved in the governance and management of the centre. A New Zealand Council for Educational Research concluded that parent cooperatives like Adelaide deliver a higher quality of early childhood education than privately-owned centres.

Times & fees

Adelaide enrols children aged 2-5 for session options ranging from full-time, full-week to part-time for a few days a week.If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact the centre in order to arrange a visit, check the availability of particular sessions and days, and get on our waiting list.

Fees for 2 year olds

days / weekPart day (7.45am – 3.15pm)Full day (7.45am – 5.25pm)
1 day$67.50$87.75
2 days$135.00$175.50
3 days$202.50$263.25
4 days$270.00$351.00
5 days$337.50$438.75

Fees for 3 & 4 year olds (with 20 hours ECE funding)

days/weekPart day (7.45am – 3.15pm)Full day (7.45am – 5.25pm)
1 day$15.00$37.50
2 days$30.00$75.00
3 days$45.00$112.50
4 days$100.00$190.00
5 days$175.00$287.50

Late fees

3.15pm pick-up: 3.20pm = $20, and then $10 for every ten minutes late after that.5.25pm pick-up: 5.30 = $20, then $10 for every ten minutes late after that.The late fee will be noted on your invoice/statement.

Start time

The sessions at Adelaide start at 7.45am. This allows the teachers to set up for the day and be ready to greet and settle the children. Please do not drop your child/ren off before this time.Please note these costs may be subject to change.


Whanaungatanga is central to Adelaide’s kaupapa. We believe that positive, respectful connections between tamariki, kaiako, whānau and community are paramount.Regular trips and events are an important part of our curriculum and provide an opportunity for tamariki to explore their community and learn more about the world we live in.We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and endeavour to incorporate te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in everything we do. We nurture relationships through manaakitanga, and celebrate diversity in a way that allows us to feel positive about our differences and those of others.Adelaide’s environment and sustainable practices encourage tamariki to discover and learn about the natural world and develop a sense of kaitiakitanga.We believe it is to everyone’s benefit for our kaiako to develop their strengths and pursue their interests. We support our kaiako through respectful and reciprocal relationships.

A little history

The Adelaide childcare centre, which is now known as Adelaide Early Childhood Centre, was conceived from a playgroup meeting at an inner city Hall. A core group of motivated parents and former primary teachers set up the centre in June 1973 in a building at 97 Adelaide Road. With no direct government assistance, all costs including salaries had to be met by the centre and its funds.As a community-based, parent co-op the whanau involvement was the crucial factor in establishing the centre. Through obtaining support from friends and local businesses, and after much lobbying and struggle the group was able to purchase the premises at 28 Colombo Street with a 2/3 capitation subsidy from the Dept. of Social Welfare, $7000 from the Wellington City Council and $2000 from fundraising. The mayor of Wellington, Mr. M Fowler, officially opened the centre on the 14th October 1978.This was a fantastic achievement and was the beginning of recognition by local and central government of early childhood education and care. Adelaide is now one of the oldest centres of its type in Wellington.


our kaiako

All Adelaide teachers have an excellent sense of fun, respect the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa, celebrate and appreciate diversity, understand the importance and value of warm, reciprocal and respectful relationships with each other, tamariki and whānau.


Team Leader

Bachelor of Education


Diploma of Teaching


Bachelor of Teaching


Assistant Team Leader

Bachelor of Teaching


Bachelor of Teaching


Bachelor of Teaching


Student in training





Graduate Diploma of Teaching


Contact us

If you would like your child to come to Adelaide, please click the link below.

For further information about the Adelaide experience and our great teaching team, contact the centre to arrange a visit.You can find us at 28 Colombo Street, Newtown.Or, you can give us a ring on 04 389 8238.If email is more your thing, or using the form below will work too.

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