Wood Hatton

We are a parent-lead early childhood education centre situated in Wainuiomata for all tamariki up to age 6. 

‘Whānau tupu ngātahi , families growing together’ – We aim to empower adults and children to work, play, learn and grow together. Along with friendships, community and whanaungatanga you will have access to free adult education in Early Childhood Education.

Our tamariki learn through play and as parents and whanau, we are the best people to provide for the growing needs of our children. Under the guidance of our trained session facilitator, we engage in all sorts of messy play; making new friends and adventures; trips including staglands, zoo, apple picking, beaches, gymnastics. Their learning journey at Playcentre is all recorded in their very own profile book. 

Playcentre is actively managed, operated and supervised by parents, mothers, fathers, grandparents, caregivers and other whānau (family) members.

Bush session

Our Friday sessions are held in the Wainuiomata Regional Park – usually along the Gums Loop Walk.

What do we do during bush session?  We explore! 

There are so many natural wonders and adventures for our tamariki to engage in: learning their independence through exploration, their sense of belonging in our world and our Playcentre whānau, their wellbeing by looking after themselves and our natural environment.  

We often end up by the river watching the ducks float by or throwing rocks into the water. Some weeks we go blackberry picking, or exploring through the trees, or rolling down hills, or running around in the rain and puddles. We follow our tamariki’s lead as they know how to play best. A wonderful relaxing, fun and busy morning for tamariki and parents alike.


We are open during the four primary school terms on the following days.

  • Raapa Wednesday 9:30am to 12.30pm
  • Rāwhā Thursday 9.30am – 12pm
  • Rāmere Friday 9:30am to 12pm

(Note these may change during the year)

We offer 3 free visits before you request to enrol

Address & Contact

64 Wood Street
Lower Hutt 5014
[email protected]

Open Times

Wednesday 9:30am – 1:30pm
Thursday 9:30am – 1:30pm
Friday 9.30am -12.00pm (bush session)

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