Avonside Early Childhood Centre



"One of the earliest, one of the best"

Avonside Early Childhood Centre has been operating since the 1940’s and is one of the oldest established Early Childhood Centres in New Zealand.


We have a good reputation in the community for high quality childcare and education with generations of families passing through our doors.

We are a not-for-profit centre governed by a Board of Trustees. One of the initiatives of the Board was to make our quality service accessible and so our fees are a low $2 an hour for over 2 yrs and $4 an hour for under 2's.

Give us a call:

(03) 389 8473

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We have a stable, qualified and experienced teaching team who are passionate about early childhood education and are committed to maintaining high quality education and care for your child.


We are parents ourselves and can relate well with our families, with whom we spend time to create a strong relationship.


We operate on a small and personal scale with a maximum of 35 six months to six year olds per day in a mixed age setting; supporting and developing children’s learning through individual learning plans and group enquiry learning.


Our teaching team’s knowledge of early education is kept up to date with ongoing strategic professional development, regular meetings and reviews which includes keeping up to date with current research and Ministry documents.

What our parents had to say:

“We are very happy with the Centre, we know that our child feels happy and secure and that he is learning new skills every day.”

“Please keep doing what you are doing. Our child is thriving and it is really special seeing him grow and develop after such a short time.”

“I think the way you encourage education as well as free play is great.”

“Thanks for all your hard work and for caring so much about the little people that you are helping develop. Our impression of the Centre is that there is a sense of calm. Kids are busy but all seem happy, safe and secure, what more could we ask for?”

“A credit to the teachers and volunteers they are always lovely and so caring towards others.”