Natural environment for learning

At Y Kids we offer an environmentally friendly and warm space, where your child can grow and explore their individualities through play and creativity, whilst engaging in fun activities and child led interactive experiences with fully qualified teachers and support staff.

Y Kids Community Early Childhood Centre provides a modern, purpose built centre with quality resources, quality equipment and quality staffing.

We cater for ages 0-6 years with Transition To School and Learn To Swim programmes, Born To Move, Kapa Haka and off site excursions on offer for all children in our centre.



Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7:30am till 4:30pm

(Excluding Statutory Holidays and between Christmas and New Years).


Our hourly rate is $6 per child.
Fees are charged for times and days enrolled.

Attendance over and above the enrolled times shall be an extra cost.
WINZ Subsidies can be accessed to those eligible to subsidise fees.
20 Free ECE Hours can be accessed to those three and four year olds that are eligible


Y Kids Programmes and Experiences are guided by Te Whariki – The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum.
Children experience an environment where they “Grow up as component and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.”


The centre boast a fantastic team of qualified and experienced Early Childhood Teachers led by Karen Bennett the Centre Manager.



Y Kids provides all meals for children, which includes morning and afternoon tea aswell as a cooked lunch and fruit. All meals are designed to meet the daily nutritional intake for children and ensure that healthy options are utilised.
Dietary concerns and special meals can be made to cater for your childs, family/whanau needs and values.


Y Kids are fortunate to have access to many of the programmes that YMCA Gisborne offer the community. Children at Y Kids will have access to swimming lessons, Kapa Haka, Born To Move, and YMCA vehicles for group excursions.


All bookings are subject to availability please download a waiting list form here


Y Kids Community Early Childhood Centre
130 Roebuck Road
Phone 06 867 9259
Fax: 06 867 9263