Story: Early childhood education and care

Karori Children's Centre

The Karori Children's Centre in Wellington opened in 1942 – in the middle of the Second World War. It was preceded by the playcentre in the Karori Parish Hall, which opened in April 1941. During this period women undertook paid work previously done by men, some in the absence of husbands who were away fighting in the war. This created an increased need for childcare services and was the context in which the centre opened. It also catered for children whose mothers did not do paid work. 

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Reference: Weekly Review 73. National Film Unit, 1943

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Early childhood education and care - Government support, 1940s to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012