BestStart Faringdon

BestStart Faringdon (formerly EduKids Faringdon) is a purpose built childcare centre catering for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. We have the latest education and play resources to support all ages and developmental levels.

We offer a healthy menu designed in collaboration with a with nutritionist and NZ Heart Foundation guidelines. All of our meals are made on site by our very own centre cook. We offer lunch box days in the Prep Room to support the children’s transition to school.

Our philosophy is to create a fun learning environment where children/tamariki and families/whānau feel welcome and secure. Our neighbourhood is very important to us and is an integral part of our curriculum as we get out and explore it, supporting the children to find out more about the world around them.

Family/whanau engagement is very important to us. We value what parents have to offer us to best support their child’s/tamariki’s learning. We have regular events, inviting families/whanau into the learning environment to celebrate their child’s learning, e.g. parent transition information evenings, cultural celebrations, Grandparent Days, parent helpers on outings.

We have a natural feel to our outdoor environment which offers lots of areas for children to explore and develop at their own pace. Equipment caters for the ages and stages of the children using the play space.

Nursery - In the Nursery, our use of a Primary Caregiving philosophy allows babies and infants to develop bonds with their caregivers and ensures that each child has a teacher dedicated to them.

Toddler Room - Our Toddler Room caters for the needs of 2-3 year olds, with a team of teachers dedicated to the needs of this age group. With a burgeoning sense of independence these children require care that supports them to develop these skills, while knowing they can still have a hug if required. 

Preschool - Our Preschool classroom focus is on supporting children to be independent learners, able to self-select and make their own discoveries, while respecting others and their environment.

We have BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative and support this by developing relationships with nearby primary schools. In the Prep Room our experienced teaching team focus on having fun, while the same time supporting children and their families as they begin the transition to school. We have just begun regular visits to the newly opened Lemonwood Grove School and are developing a relationship with Rolleston Christian School.

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (03) 550 2076 /  faringdon@best-start.orgYou might be eligible for support paying their childcare fees. For more information click here

kind words from our parents


Cooper has settled so easily and quickly into your centre. We are so happy. It is a real credit to the whole team how settled and happy all the new children are.


Thank you for all the extra time and effort you have made to ensure our daughter is comfortable in her time with you. Everyone at the centre has been so lovely at making us fit in so well. We really can’t credit you and the other nursery teachers enough for taking such a hands on approach with our daughter and helping her to settle in so well. I can imagine she is taking up a lot of your time at the moment while she stays close to you and we really do appreciate this.


My son is just loving the toddler room. He has transitioned really well thanks to the excellent transition programme you implemented for him. With all your support he has taken to the toddler room like water off a ducks back.


Inclusion isn't just allowing someone into your community, it's supporting them to be part of that community. It's about finding ways to bridge the gap between the differences so everyone can meet in the middle. Thank you for helping us build that bridge.


Parachute Fun!

​Today the tamariki had lots of fun playing games using the parachute.

Lunch box day in Faringdon

In the Prep-Room we encourage the tamariki to make their own sandwiches to enhance self help skills.

Can you guess the taste?

​Following our "What's that sound?" mat-time today, we thought we'd try talking about two more senses; smell and taste.