Story: Early childhood education and care

Early childcare services: Wellington Railway Station crèche (3rd of 4)

Early childcare services: Wellington Railway Station crèche

A purpose-built crèche was located on the top of the Wellington Railway Station between 1937 and 1941. It catered for the children of women coming into Wellington to shop and keep appointments. It cost threepence per hour and parents needed to show a public transport ticket before they could use the service. Some bought a ticket even if they didn't need to travel – the convenience afforded by the crèche was well worth the price of an unused ticket. The crèche closed in 1941 because the station rooftop was needed for war purposes. It did not re-open. In this photograph a staff member checks on a baby in the nursery section.

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Reference: AAVK W3493 C786

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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/32057/early-childcare-services-wellington-railway-station-creche (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012