ABC Dinsdale

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
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ABC Dinsdale, part of the BestStart family, is a large purpose-built centre with individual rooms to cater for separate stages of development. We have a stable team of highly motivated teachers – 8 of which hold a minimum Diploma of Teachers and 2 teachers in training. At ABC Dinsdale, we believe respect is the foundation for empowerment and supporting tamariki to reach their full potential.

Kākano Room — Caters for tamariki from 3 months to 2 years of age. We believe in a peaceful curriculum approach, which promotes the utmost respect for each child, through this we follow the individual routines for each child. We understand that positive interactions with babies at this age will affect their physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. We use and promote baby sign language. “Baby Sign Language is all about using simple gestures with your child to allow you to communicate long before they have mastered the intricacies of speech,” states Robyn Halt, founder of Baby Talk. We also provide all nappies, wipes, milk and food for our Under 2’s.

Pakiaka Room — This room caters for tamariki 2-3 years of age. Teachers have developed a programme and environment that enhances his unique stage. Toddlers love to get physical! The programme for toddlers is centred on a philosophy of ‘play with purpose.’ A variety of activities are planned for each day such as dressing up, painting, working with play dough, building blocks and so on.

Putiputi Room — Caters for children from 3 to school age. In preschool there is a bigger emphasis on independence, curriculum extension, and school readiness. We utilise the most current theories around literacy learning, including socio – cultural theory, the Whole Language approach, and multi -literate and multi – modal approaches to find the best way to support your child’s connection to language.

We’d love for your child to be part of the family at ABC Dinsdale. Please feel free to call us for more information, or alternatively, just drop by for a visit.

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report.

What else can you expect from our childcare centre:

– A planned programme reflects children’s current interests and builds on what they already do well
– Nutritious morning and afternoon tea prepared on site each day
– Friendly and approachable staff
– Individual portfolios for each child
– Quality teacher ratios
– Affordable rates, 20 ECE hours programme
– Transition to school programme
– Opportunities for your child to participate in jumping beans programmes



We have a Healthy Heart Award!

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Ask us about our Be School Ready initiative

Check out our latest centre stories and events

Stanley The Bearded Dragon

Marae Visits

Forest Kindy

Earth Day

Ruben visits ABC Dinsdale

World Children’s Day at ABC Dinsdale

Wharanui opening

New friendship agreement

ABC Dinsdale have been baking

ABC Dinsdale featured in The Space Magazine


We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform wherever you are in the world to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.

Parent Feedback:

“My son and I always feel welcome – I believe the atmosphere of the centre is very telling. It is a happy, busy, colourful place which my son enjoys. The staff are wonderful and caring and I appreciate the level of communication they have with me. My son is doing activities I never considered and the resources are great for developing minds. I love Storypark and hearing about my sons learning – his grandparents like being involved in this too”

“What enticed me to chose this centre was the friendliness and welcoming I felt when I came to visit and there after”

” We love Storypark, think its the best way for us to see and share our children’s learning”

“Absolutely satisfied with ABC Dinsdale. I have a great relationship with the staff and I am confident my son is getting terrific support and care. My baby comes home happy and never hungry. I like the healthy food options that the centre provides”

“Happy Teacher’s Day to all the great teachers at ABC Dinsdale. I personally know first hand that you guys are truly amazing. Thanks for being super awesome and for all the great work you have put in for my sons. I appreciate all that you have done”