About Grace Kindergarten

Grace Kindergarten provides quality early childhood education, based on Christian principles, in Ngaio, Wellington. We enrol children aged 2.5 to nearly 5 years, supported by 3 full-time and 1 part-time teacher. Our families come from a range of suburbs and backgrounds across Wellington’s Western and Northern suburbs and do not need to be Christian to enrol.

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Grace Kindergarten provides your child with:

  • Small session sizes – around 25 children
  • Good teacher to child ratio of 1:8.3
  • 100% qualified and experienced teachers
  • A balance of structured and free play learning experiences
  • Modern, bright and safe facilities
  • Affordable childcare, including the ECE subsidy for 3 and 4 year olds
  • A caring, Christian community









Our session times are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.30am to 3.30 pm for older children (4 to 5 year olds)
  • Wednesday, Friday 8.30am to 1pm for younger children (approx. 2.5 to 3.5 years)


The structured times include music and movement, art, storytelling, games and extension activities.   Children sit down together with the teachers to share morning or afternoon tea and lunch.

The free play includes a wide range of early childhood experiences such as sand, water, ‘messy’ play, carpentry, bikes, blocks and construction, dress-ups, cooking, playdough, puzzles and mathematical games. Children are encouraged to resolve conflict peacefully, and clear behaviour limits are set.




ERO gave Grace Kindergarten an excellent review in July 2014:

“Children are confident, cooperative and settled. Teachers are gentle and attuned to children.”

“Children eagerly participate in a programme that is both child and teacher-initiated. Planning is responsive to children’s interests, strengths and ideas.”

“A positive, collaborative and professional teaching team culture is evident.”

For the full report click on the following link:


>Grace Kindergarten was started by the Onslow Community Church as a community venture, and was officially opened on 6 July 1994 by the then Govenor General of New Zealand, Her Excellency Dame Catherine Tizard.

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The Grace Kindergarten philosophy is central to how the Kindergarten operates and interacts with the children and families in our community:


01.A1 Philosophy diagram