BestStart has been looking after Aotearoa New Zealand’s youngest for over 25 years.

BestStart Educare, with its long established dedication to nurturing the development of pēpi and young children, echoes the same values and commitment that have defined Whānau Āwhina Plunket's support for tamariki in their early years and their whānau for over a century.

That’s why Plunket nurses are happy to suggest BestStart to parents looking for early childhood education options. 

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Qualified staff, with a love for every child

All of BestStart’s centres implement Te Whāriki, the national early childhood education curriculum that has been internationally recognised as a truly effective method of nurturing and teaching young children.

Ninety percent of BestStart’s permanent teaching staff are fully qualified with a diploma or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), or higher - or they are in training to complete their qualification. BestStart then continues to encourage ongoing professional development, even running learning sessions for Plunket staff to understand the key pillars in early childhood teaching.

Perhaps most importantly, every BestStart employee has a genuine affinity for wee ones. Making connections through play, learning and a comforting hug is at the heart of every centre.

Find your BestStart today

With over 260 centres across the country and a license to educate and care for over 19,500 kiwi children, BestStart ensures you'll discover the perfect fit for your family. Rest assured, there's a centre nearby that meets your needs.

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