Dunedin and Wakari Hospital

Dunedin and Wakari Hospital
Early Childhood Centres

 Dunedin and Wakari Hospital Childcare Centres

Both of our Hospital sites in Dunedin have Childcare Centres available for the children of Southern DHB staff. The Dunedin Hospital site is only meters from the entrances to our Hospital and the Wakari Hospital Centre is on the Wakari site.

We provide full day education for all ages, our hours are from 6.45am until 6pm Monday to Friday

Our teachers are highly skilled, providing a supportive and caring environment for the children (and parents) We operate at 100% trained and Registered Early Childhood teachers.

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The ratios that Dunedin Hospital Childhood Centres 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.

We have a chef on-site and provide children with morning and afternoon tea, plus a cooked nutritious lunch.



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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 on booking your child into either the Dunedin Hospital site or the Wakari Hospital site please email sally.ensor@southerndhb.govt.nz or telephone (03) 470 9198

To download a pre-enrolment form please click here