BestStart St Albans

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Our centre vision is to let kids be kids and to empower children to make decisions that affect their own learning, and this drives everything that we do here.

Where Kids Can Be Kids

What makes us different?

We strive to support all our children to take managed risks within our environment. We understand the difference between risks and hazards and believe that supporting children through risk taking experiences helps challenge their thinking and empower them to become stronger, confident individuals later in life. 

Throughout the centre our children are involved in all aspects of the centre day, from driving our child let curriculum based around their interests to supporting cooking or baking morning or afternoon kai, or cutting up vegetables for lunches.

As an added extra we have an onsite cook who prepares all our meals under a full vegetarian menu. Our cook works alongside our families with any special requirements to ensure that your child comes home well fed after a day at Preschool. 

Nursery

Our small, intimate Nursery is licensed for 16 children and offers large spaces for children to grow and develop within the environment.

To support transitioning from home to centre, we offer free settling visits for all new children. We believe that this helps them and you to get to know and become familiar with the teachers, other children, and the space before officially starting. During this time, teachers work with our families to get to know the child's routine at home.

Preschool

The Preschool room is licensed for 34 children and within our Preschool we work to support our children's independence. Our large, natural backyard is home to our centre vegetable garden where we teach children about growing, harvesting, and cooking our own vegetables. Our challenging equipment allow children to develop upper body strength, and our sandpit and separate mud pit allow our children to get messy and just be kids. 

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (03) 365 1761 /  stalbans@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

Parent

I would like to give a HUGE thank you for the care and education Emmaly has received during her time at BestStart St Albans. Your staff are wonderful to interact with, and my daughter has felt welcomed and comfortable since her first day. I have enjoyed knowing that she eats in a shared, collaborative environment – I recommend your daycare to all of the new parents I meet. She is going to miss the sandpit and mudpit!

Parent

Our experience during our time here at BestStart has been one of the most welcoming, warm, and caring experiences we could have ever asked for.

Parent

I am so glad that I have chosen this place for my son. Over the last 3 and a half years I know he was well looked after and that his needs were fulfilled. He developed lots of skills and was always supported to achieve his best. We going to miss you all.

Parent

Really going to miss you girls and all the support for the boys and their growing into little individuals.

Parent

We are so sad to be leaving and I don’t think we will find a daycare like this one. We loved it here and the teachers were amazing.

Parent

Preya had a very good time here and she learned lots of things. She will miss everything from here. Thank you for the service.

Parent

Friendly staff. Had a great time with everyone in the centre. Good caring for kids by all staff.

Parent

It was very nice to be with you guys. Johan and Jordan really enjoyed the time in preschool. Thank you so much for the love and care for our family.

Parent

Just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for being an awesome, amazing part of Lilly’s journey growing up. As a parent I love this preschool and do does Lilly. We will really miss you guys xoxo.

Parent

It was very nice to be with you guys. Johan and Jordan really enjoyed the time in preschool. Thank you so much for the love and care for our family.

Parent

Just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for being an awesome, amazing part of Lilly’s journey growing up. As a parent I love this preschool and do does Lilly. We will really miss you guys xoxo.

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