Dunedin Hospital Early Childhood Centre

We are situated in the lower ground floor of the Children’s Pavilion at Dunedin Hospital. We provide full day education and care primarily for children of THE STAFF of the Southern District Health Board.


Our centre employs highly skilled trained Registered Early Childhood Teachers. We operate at 100% trained teachers.

The ideal ratios that Dunedin Hospital Childhood Centre aim for are:

  • Infants under 1:                 1 teacher: 3 children
  • Toddlers aged 1-2 years:   1 teacher: 4 children
  • Young children:                 1 teacher: 7 children

The Ministry of Education regulations are: Under 2 years 1 teacher: 5 children, Over 2 years 1 teacher: 10 children.

Our charges as follows:

  • Under 2 $6.50 per hour
  • Over 2 $7.00 per hour
  • 3 years and over can access 20 Free hours ECE. Any hours used over and above 20 hours ECE-$7.00 per hour.

All meals are provided for children at the Centre.

We are committed to providing every child, family and whanau with a play based, free movement environment, where teachers promote meaningful learning which supports children’s urges, strengths and interests.

We provide an environment that inspires and instills a love of learning within each child. An environment that supports children to think, to wonder, have fun and to be challenged.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s dual and multicultural heritage is woven into our practice and we believe the most important part of our work is building respectful relationships  with our families and whanau.  

The culture of our centre is unique because of our physical and community connections with the hospital.


For further information please email sally.ensor@southerndbh.govt.nz or telephone (03) 470 9198

To download a pre-enrolment form please click here