BestStart Balclutha

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BestStart Balclutha offers quality childcare and education for children from 3 month to 5 years old. We are now open 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Your Whanau, Our Whanau

We have dedicated kaiako (teachers) who are passionate about children and a curriculum that offers each child a balanced programme. This provides opportunities for them to follow their individual interests, build on their strengths, get support for challenges and develop their social and team work skills.

Working with our small rural community, we provide a home away from home environment. In our outdoor play area, the children can explore, care for our vegetable garden, extend their physical skills on the play equipment and still have ample space to ride bikes. 

We offer a Be School Ready initiative which helps prepare our children for lifelong learning.

We have a team of amazing qualified teachers and we provide healthy morning and afternoon tea.

Working with the community:

At BestStart Balclutha we believe that the community is the heart of everything we do. We have a range of activities and initiatives where we work alongside the community. Some of these initiatives are:

– Paying it forward 

– Using our vegetable gardens, we sharing it with our whānau  and local pensioners 

– Participation in the A & P show and the Santa Parade

– We’re actively looking to reduce sugar for our tamariki and have a Gold Healthy Heart Award

– Come and grab a book from our Lilliput Library - this allows people to get a book suitable for their children, free of charge.

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (03) 418 0052 /  balclutha@best-start.orgYou might be eligible for support paying their childcare fees. For more information click here

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kind words from our parents


The teachers are fabulous. Very accommodating and friendly. My child loves the teachers and coming to ABC. I feel very confident and happy to leave her here and know that her learning and development is fully supported.


Our centre is absolutely fantastic – I rave about them to everyone. I’m very pleased with the high quality of care, love and support both children receive.


We would just like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff at ABC Balclutha Central! Continue the great work!!


Fossil Hunting

Our children have had a sense of curiously and it got the better them when a staff member set up a fossil hunting experiment

Level Three Lockdown-Haratua/May 2020

​As Aotearoa moves through the challenges posed by the global Covid 19 pandemic, our centre reopened at level three.

We've been busy during lockdown

We've had a busy month in April from crazy hair days, baking, art work from home and walks in our local community.