BestStart Beckenham is ranked as a top NZ childcare centre by the Education Review Office
Welcome to BestStart Beckenham! Every person who comes through our door is enveloped as part of the Beckenham family to explore an education together that is valued, safe and fun!
Why should we get the privilege of caring for and educating your child?
Fantastic learning environment
Our spacious, purpose built centre is drenched in natural light and offers insight between rooms.
One big family! For us, nothing beats seeing a child move right through our centre from baby to “big school kid”.
Our full time cook provides seasonal meals with the NZ Heart Foundation tick and gets a great workout mashing vegetables and fruit for our youngest ones who are discovering solids. Our menu has a GOLD Healthy Heart tick!
We are an active part of the Beckenham community visiting the library and community garden. We have a close relationship with our local rest home, Archer Village with the Preschool visiting them monthly and the residents visiting us monthly also.
We are caring for our environment by recycling our nappies.
Our children adore our pet rabbit Cocoa, who was turned by magic in to a real bunny from a chocolate Easter one!
We are conveniently open from 7am through until 6pm which provides flexibility for the needs of all our families.
Our learning spaces
Our Nursery (Tahi)
Led by Gill, our Nursery practices ‘Primary Care’ – meaning that each child has a teacher responsible for their daily routines (nappy changing, bottles, sleeping patterns and development progress). Each child also has a ‘Secondary Carer’ who steps in should the Primary be away and a notebook that goes between the nursery and home to let you know what your child’s day has involved.
Primary care aims to provide children with the opportunity to discover and enjoy a special bond with their teacher- with the idea that this trust will help encourage the child as they grow in developing relationships with others. It is amazing to watch Primary Care in action.
Our Preschool (Rua)
The age range of 2-5 years in our Preschool means that the family atmosphere is alive, and buzzing along with the children as they learn. We have lovely tuakana-teina relationships when our older children guide the younger ones and the younger ones learn from them as they do so. We offer 20 hours free when your children turn three.
We have a Be School Ready initiative which prepares children for school at their own pace. The programme is structured from the advice of the local primary schools in our area.
We are lucky enough to have two primary trained teachers who ensure the children are learning what they need, to hit the ground running at school. Fortnightly trips to a real Primary School mean that children experience what being a “big kid” entails!
We are proud have a Gold Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation for the amazing things we do to promote healthy food and physical activity. We are helping our tamariki to have healthy habits and healthy hearts for life. For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!
All children have a Learning Journal- a scrapbook of your child’s milestones and development.
We also 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.
Education Review Office Report
We have received a fantastic Education Review Office (ERO) report, achieving the very best grade for all early childhood centres in New Zealand. Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report
For more information we invite you to come in anytime and see our wonderful centre in action!
Our centre stories
“The teachers are passionate about what they do and I love how much of a team everybody is.”
“ABC Beckenham is a lovely, happy, safe and fun place for children to play and learn, with some lovely amazing staff. I am ever so grateful of all the time you have spent with my boys…”