Kids World

Kids World strives to be a centre where children and parents feel comfortable and confident being a part of an environment that reflects a “homely feel” that will empower them with a sense of well-being and belonging.

Children will be identified as individuals by letting them take responsibility and leadership of their own learning and decision making and be encouraged to problem solve and participate in new experiences.  Children will also be provided with equal opportunities to learn real life skills.

By simplifying the environment and taking away the restrictions of equipment such as exersaucers that prohibit babies freedom of movement, Kids World will empower babies to explore the environment at their own pace and abilities.

Our Philosophy

We incorporate Te Whāriki (the Early Childhood Curriculum) and recognise and support the importance of the integration of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori into our every day programme and teaching practices.

Kids World values and encourages the importance of open communication between parents and staff as well as among the Kids World team.

Kids World recognises and supports the ongoing process of learning and development of their teachers through regular PLD (Professional Learning Development).

"As Eckhart Tolle says, the deep knowing that is wisdom arises from the simple act of paying something (or someone) your full attention", Dance with me in the Heart, Pennie Brownlee, p.30.


At Kids World Dunedin children are given opportunities to:

  • Develop a sense of belonging through reciprocal relationships.
  • Learn with and alongside their peers.
  • Further develop their skills and interests.
  • Be involved in learning programmes and activities.
  • Learn to problem solve and assert themselves in an appropriate manner and with guidance.
  • Develop language and listening skills.
  • Be free to express themselves while their attributes are nurtured.

Staff/Children Ration

Kids World has a 1:5 ratio for children under 2 years of age and a ratio of 1:8 for children 2 and over.

Age Range

We are licensed to take infants from 5 weeks old (6 weeks is recommended) and children up to 5 years old. We have a quiet area for infants and a closed off sleeping area for babies and a fully equipped bathroom for changing and toileting.


Les Mills World of Fitness
Government Licensed
Sessional Centre

12 Dowling Street,
Dunedin 9016
DD (03) 471 6814

Opening Hours

Mon & Fri: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Tue, Wed & Thur: 9.00am - 1.30pm

Closed public holidays and 5 weeks during the Christmas break

Session Times

Kids World runs 1.5 hour sessions.  Children can be booked in 5 days a week but only 1 session per day.  Session times are as follows:

Monday - Friday
Session 1: 9.00am - 10.30am
Session 2: 10.30am - 12.00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Session 3: 12.00pm - 1.30pm


Kids World is FREE to members. 

Enrolment & Daily Register

You will be required to fill in an enrolment form prior to starting at Kids World.  We are also required to take a copy of your child's immunisation records which is kept with their enrolment.  All information regarding your child is private and no one other than Kids World staff has access to it.  We also have a privacy system policy.

A daily role is kept which is where you are required to sign your child in and out of each session you attend.  It is essential that this is done for funding and attendance purposes.

If your contact details change please inform a Kids World staff member of the changes so as that your records are kept up to date.

Booking In

Please book your child into Kids World at least two hours before your session starts.

All children that attend Kids World must be enrolled and booked into permanent sessions. In order to maintain those sessions children must attend regularly and adhere to the Ministry 3 week absence rule.


Cancellations can be made up to two hours prior to the session starting. These can be made at reception, or at Kids World during session times.