Best Start

BELONGING IS ONE of the many pillars of BestStart’s culture that has contributed to its long-term success. It is a place where diversity is treasured and relationships with each other and the community are enriched. BestStart has nurtured, laughed, taught and learnt with tens of thousands of New Zealand’s youngest children for over 25 years. As a registered charity, and the largest private early learning centre provider in the country, its purpose is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, and to be the country’s leader of Early Childhood education.

Whānau/families are at the heart of everything that BestStart does. Whānau values, language, culture and identity are respected and nurtured at every centre. By tailoring learning plans and practising unique ways of learning, in safe and nuturing environments, BestStart empowers success by matching the right expert support for every child and situation.

This year, BestStart is launching its new values. Developed in consultation with its families and teams, these include the Whānau Engagement model – a framework to map engagement with whānau to partner in their child’s learning, and Whānau Voice, which will give parents a direct line to the centre and enable BestStart to respond in real time. At BestStart a world of wonder and discovery awaits.


"The staff at my kids' centre are awesome and I trust them with my children. They have taught them a lot and do lots of great activities with them."


"BestStart offers quality care and education for young New Zealanders."