BestStart Kaiapoi

BestStart Kaiapoi is a gorgeous, specially designed childcare centre set against the stunning rural backdrop of Kaiapoi. We are a large centre and have ample room for your child to play in a safe and nurturing environment where learning is driven by children’s interests. We currently have limited spaces available.

Respecting The Early Years To Build Foundations For The Future

Our caring and qualified teachers will nurture and extend your child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

We have loads of excellent age-specific resources to help your child learn and develop to their full potential.

We believe that to effectively guide children into school, both teachers and parents/whānau need to be active participants in the journey. Because of this we welcome family contributions at any time.

What makes us different:

  • We have three large playgrounds for children to explore and discover
  • We have five large classrooms – providing ample space to extend children’s learning. This include a separate room for our under ones.
  • Our under two bedroom has full stand-alone cots with a home away from home feel
  • Qualified, passionate and experienced staff with low teacher to child ratios
  • Bright, clean and well-resourced centre

Come and visit us!

We understand that it can sometimes be hard leaving your child in our care for the first time and know that it is important for you to be happy when leaving your children. Therefore we encourage you and your child to visit the centre as many times as you like, until you’re both comfortable.

Visiting the centre gives you the chance to see our teachers working with the children and in turn this is how they will interact with your child. You don’t need to book for a visit, simply drop by or call us for more information.

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (03) 327 0733 /  kaiapoi@best-start.orgYou might be eligible for support paying their childcare fees. For more information click here

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Quality Service Award 2023
BestStart Kaiapoi Playground

kind words from our parents


I like how Flexible they are with the times we can send our children plus the teachers are amazing


Good communication, works with families and children are always happy


Friendly professional teachers who have been at the centre for a long time. The make my children feel welcome and included, a part of their family


Friendly and helpful staff and I like the getting ready for school programme and opportunities


The separate class rooms are great and the class rooms have lots of toys and equipment


I drop our son off with absolute confidence that he is in the best hands. The nursery teachers are amazing down to earth ladies who show real compassion and enthusiasm in caring for him. Nothing is ever a problem or too much to ask! They offer activities, interactions and things to explore that we wouldn't be able to otherwise, and we are so grateful for these experiences. I couldn't ask for a better team to care for our son!


Mud Kitchens at BestStart Kaiapoi