BestStart Kaiapoi

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
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BestStart Kaiapoi is a gorgeous purpose built 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.

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 have an Open Door Policy, where we welcome family contributions at any time.

We understand that it can be quite stressful 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.

What makes us different:

  • We have three large playgrounds for children to explore and discover, which are currently being re modelled to include new natural play areas.
  • We have five large classrooms – providing more than required space to extend children’s learning. Which include a separate room for our under ones.
  • Our under two bedroom has full stand-alone cots with a home away from home feel.
  • Low teacher to child ratios
  • Qualified, passionate and experienced staff
  • Bright, clean and well-resourced centre

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

Ask us about our unique Be School Ready initiative

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 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:

“After visiting multiple preschool’s and feeling unsure, I enrolled my then 11 month old daughter into ABC Kaiapoi Nursery. Feeling nervous with the separation and change I ended up leaving the first day very happy and comfortable with my decision. All the teachers showed a genuine interest and passion for not only my child though also what they do. They worked with all of us to make the transition as easy as possible. The nursery team is amazing so fun, friendly and caring. The teachers all went the extra mile to learn about my daughter to ensure all her needs were met. She has great relationships with everyone and is so independent and happy to be there. Even though we work full time we all ways feel included in her day, we are well informed at the end of each day and through story park regularly. In the first two months she grew so much with all the learning, socializing and playing, It made me very proud. Thank you to the team at ABC Kaiapoi I couldn’t be happier.”

“Kylie and the team at ABC have far exceeded the expectations for us with looking after our two boys. From day one of settling in a very clingy boy, they showed such genuine care and took the time to really get to know both my sons, what makes them tick and also us as a family. The boys get to experience so much and the activities they do for the different age groups are great – as is the very flash new outside areas. Kids get to be kids at ABC Kaiapoi and are encouraged to try all sorts of really cool things as well as still getting the nurture care they need. My husband and I love being able to drop the boys off and know they are being looked after by such a neat, caring group of teachers.”

“Our family of three children have been involved with ABC Kaiapoi since 2012 and have had awesome experiences from the nursery room with babies right through to the 4 year old Prep room. The staff are all approachable and understanding. They all give lots of their time and support and always a friendly welcoming greeting to both parents/caregivers and children for arrivals and good byes. ABC is a large centre however still has the close knit family atmosphere which I love. ABC does well with individal needs of each child including special diets or children needing extra supports in place. They have many special events provided by the centre such as Xmas parties, discos, grandparents and special persons day and trips out as well as special visitors coming into preschool. The prep room has The Be School Ready Programme which focus on school ready skills, takes the children for school visits and has strong relationships with all the local schools and this makes the starting school transition so much easier. My older kids still love seeing ABC visit their new entrant school class. I feel priviledged to still have a preschooler at ABC and every day he is happy, learning more things, exploring and having lots of fun in a caring supportive environment. Thanks Kylie and the fantastic team at ABC Kaiapoi.”

“ABC Kaiapoi is amazing! My daughter is absolutely thriving, I love that they have a spilt Nursery so she is in a room with only crawlers, giving her loads of space to safely learn to move. She is always happy to settle and play and has quickly established lovely relationships with her Nursery teachers. I am always very informed about her day and the teachers regularly update stories and photos to storypark about her. ABC Kaiapoi is always well presented with loads of fun and stimulating resources and my daughter gets excited about arriving! I would highly recommend this centre to anyone, fun and friendly staff and the perfect learning environment. Thanks ABC Kaiapoi”

“In moving suburbs, it was greatly highlighted that finding a good preschool is hard. Having your children, especially at a young age in pre school is so very hard and trusting the people who look after your children daily isn’t at times as easy as it seems. From looking at preschool in both Kaiapoi (prior to starting ABC) and our new suburb its definite that ABC Kaiapoi stands out to be the absolute very best, not only your facility, and services but most importantly your team. The team you have at ABC are always friendly and accommodating and are a true reflection of the ABC values. Kylie, you are a very humble, you are the biggest reason we chose ABC initially, when you showed us through the centre, your passion and care for the children shown through. The fact that you play such a big part in the day to day lives of the children is sign of where your passion lies. Thanks again to all of the ABC team.”