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Early childcare services: Home of Compassion St Joseph's crèche (1st of 4)

Early childcare services: Home of Compassion St Joseph's crèche

Mother Mary Joseph Aubert and the Sisters of Compassion started a crèche in Wellington for the children of working women in 1903. Unlike earlier crèches, it was successful. This was probably because, as one of a number of charitable works undertaken by the sisters, it was funded by general donations. This is the 1914 crèche building on Buckle Street opposite the Basin Reserve around 1935. In 2012 the crèche, by then in a different location, closed – at the time it was the longest-running crèche in New Zealand.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Early childhood education and care - Early education and care, late-19th to mid-20th centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32054/early-childcare-services-home-of-compassion-st-josephs-creche (accessed 17 November 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012