BestStart Kelvin Grove

BestStart is one of NZ's leading early childcare providers. BestStart Kelvin Grove in Palmerston North provides affordable, high quality education and award winning childcare for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

At Beststart Kelvin Grove, we are at one with child, whānau and community!

BestStart Kelvin Grove is a purpose-built centre established in September 2017 in the thriving suburb of Kelvin Grove. The immediate subdivision has rapidly grown around us during this time and continues to develop further towards Whakarongo. Our centre is located within the Manawatū rohe, north of the Manawatū River, and west of the Tararua Ranges. We are conveniently located halfway between Palmerston North City and the Ashhurst Village. Our local kura are Cornerstone Christian School and Whakarongo School. Our visible landmarks are the surrounding Tararua Windfarm Turbines and Wharite Peak.

Our centre is a place where families are always welcome. We value the diverse cultures of our children, families and staff and work together with families to celebrate and acknowledge the values and traditions. Te Ao Māori and Tikanga practices are woven throughout our bicultural curriculum. 

We make use of the rich resources in our local community to extend our learning and understanding of the world. Not only are we out and about meeting locals and discovering the local environment, we also have regular visitors from the community.

Our Team

The Kelvin Grove team are a knowledgeable, fun and diverse group of people that love what they do. We genuinely enjoy spending time together and celebrate one another and the unique passions and talents they bring to our centre community. Many of us are qualified and have been teaching for a significant amount of time and we are always thrilled to encourage and support our newer team members and teachers who are in training, through mentoring and coaching. We are all first aid trained and continue to learning and grow by participating in on-going professional development which is provided BestStart.

What We Offer

  • 20 hours free for 3-5 year olds and WINZ subsidies available* if required
  • Regular Excursions and involvement within the community such as weekly walks, sports clubs
  • Football skill sessions every Monday & a centre Tee ball team during the summer
  • Gold Healthy Heart Award - nutrition and health is important to us
  • Fresh, nutritious meals and snacks provided each day

Our Spaces 

Our centre is a purpose-built facility with a safe and convenient off-road car park. Some key features of our environment include; underfloor heating and outside blinds in the Koru Room, permanent soft fall matting under outdoor equipment creating safe fall zones, a spacious and inviting entrance way, thoughtfully designed sleep spaces, built in sandpit water features and Autex walls to minimise sound travel.


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(2-3.5 years)

Tōtara Tahi

(3.5 - 4 years)

Tōtara Rua

(Over 4's)

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Quality Service Award 2023

kind words from our parents

Mary Yucel

At BestStart Kelvin Grove the values really do show. Well presented and organised for each of the seasons throughout the year. The teachers have great plans in place for the day to day activities. Kudos to all the Managers and amazing Teachers doing their best for the kids and families. Cool school hoilday programme that we enjoy. You can do it!

TJ Bond

The staff at BestStart Kelvin Grove are always so lovely and caring. Charlotte always has such a great time and loves the food.

Amy Sandbrook

BestStart Kelvin Grove was the only daycare where I could hear children laughing in the background when I rang; everyone was so friendly on the phone and in person. They were very accommodating and welcoming to the whole family. I love the amount of Storypark updates I get now my two children have started. My daughter has come out of her shell since being in the Kōwhai room and my son gets the affection he needs from the Koru room teachers.

Julie Owen

The centre manager Amanda at BestStart Kelvin Grove has been amazing for our family. She truly goes above and beyond. All the staff there have been amazing and no words do justice to just how much we appreciate their input and help with our son. I can't praise them enough!

Natasha Cooper

We are impressed with how much Hailee has grown, her independence in the last four weeks since starting at BestStart Kelvin Grove has grown hugely and that is credit to her nourishing kaiako. I think the centre so far for us has ticked all the boxes. After moving our family a very long distance, we had very high standards and BestStart Kelvin Grove has hit the mark. We appreciate that we know Hailee is getting the best possible care.

Sam Tioriori

BestStart Kelvin Grove is an amazing kindy that I highly recommend. They treat you like family and you always get updates on story park throughout the week about new things your child is learning. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming and my daughter has truly blossomed thanks to her wonderful teacher Kacie. Thank you Amanda and the BestStart Kelvin Grove team for all the love and support you put into teaching our babies.


My youngest daughter Emily has transitioned amazingly well, she is a happy content wee girl. Her teachers are an absolute asset to BestStart and the preschool room for my eldest daughter Vana is a beautiful environment that has everything that I want my girl to be a part of!


Teachers have been amazing with identifying and addressing any learning or speech difficulties with my son. We have noticed a significant amount of improvement with his speech since he has been working more closely with the preschool team. The team share what ideas they are trying so we can do the same at home. We are so very grateful. We thoroughly enjoy his learning stories! Absolutely love Amanda and the team at BestStart Kelvin Grove!


Ash and Joey are absolutely amazing! Their patience, kindness and warmth with my son is phenomenal to see. All the teachers I have interacted with are great however I wanted to make special mention to Ash and Joey whom Cameron has bonded to which is a feat itself as he is very selective of whom he gives his time to. They make drop offs and pickups easy for us all (parents included). Sending Cameron to Best Start was one of the best choices Julie and I made.


Amazing staff, everyone is involved, the care is exceptional and the learning and development is fantastic


All the staff are friendly and very welcoming . The teachers are fantastic and greet my daughter every morning which allows drop offs to run smoothly as she feels it’s her place of belonging . All my kids have gone there be LOVE it. It’s always clean. The environment is also enriched with toys for kids to explore and learn: Thanks BestStart Kelvin Grove!


You guys are an excellent bunch of people and work great as a team! And always provide support


10/10 for the care the staff provide, the policies and transparency of the centre and the high level of communication provided.

The Smith Family

The kaiako have taken great care to harness the interest that our daughter shows and the aspirations that we have for her learning and development. We could not recommend BestStart Kelvin Grove enough for the preparation that they have made towards her readiness for school. From the bottom of our hearts thank you, we really appreciate you!


I love the staff at BestStart Kelvin Grove, the communication has been great. This is my second child here and if I have another, I will be back.


ANZAC Day at BestStart Kelvin Grove