AT BESTSTART, MUMS AND DADS know that the care and educational values of their child’s early learning centre mirrors those of their family, whānau and community, while also being founded on Te Whāriki, the national early childhood education curriculum.

During the pandemic, staff in BestStart’s 265 centres worked diligently to help protect the wellbeing of children and their families through a focus on safety protocols and clear communication. BestStart kept up to date with changing health information around minimising infection in centres through regular contact with the Ministries of Education and Health and family communications were regular and relevant, with use of infographics and videos to help understanding. With the launch of BestStart@Home, an online learning platform, children were able to stay connected and continue learning. The fun and engaging platform mirrored the centre routines kiddies knew, such as daily mat times, and activities they could follow along to, as well as great projects that families could work on together.

The safe learning environments in all BestStart early learning centres help youngsters thrive, and its teachers pride themselves in guiding children in a loving manner, where whānau and family values, language and culture are respected. But the centres are also places of fun, where laughter and learning come hand-in-hand.

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"Both of my kids went to BestStart and were happy and content. They had caring staff."


"Excellent care facilities and well-trained staff."


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