BestStart Meadowbank

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BestStart Meadowbank, previously ABC Kelvin Road, is a beautiful converted villa that feels like a home away from home. Our centre is intimate and licensed for only 30 children. We offer quality education and care for children from 3 months to 5 years old. Meadowbank Primary school is a 1 minute walk away which will help save time with drop offs and pick ups of both age groups. Strong connections to this primary school help transition our children from preschool to primary school.

Our environment is nurturing and natural. Outdoors we have a natural garden filled with trees, plants and vegetable planters. Our children enjoy digging for treasure in the sandpit and engaging in water play. There is also climbing and balancing equipment to promote their muscle development. A lovely big porch where children can dance, create art work and enjoy imaginative play which is a strong favourite. A bike area for our energetic children ensures they have plenty of space to race. Currently we are putting out bird feeders to encourage birds to come into our garden, this has kept the children engaged and is giving them the opportunity to develop some bird watching skills.

Indoors we have a separate areas for our Infants\Toddlers and our Preschool children.

Infant\Toddler Room (The Sunflowers)

Our passionate and nurturing teachers follow the RIE principles. This means developing deep respect and appreciation for the infants\toddlers. The team encourage our children to problem solve and discover at their own pace in a physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing environment.

Preschool Room (The Dinosaurs)

Our energetic teachers provide an environment that challenges and encourages learning through water play and messy play, age specific resources (blocks, puzzles, books, manipulative toys, natural resources, dress up and imaginative play) and creative art.

Our unique Be School Ready initiative has been developed to ensure that children leave the centre as confident, capable learners who are prepared for the next step in their education journey. Children are empowered and encouraged to recognise their own names and when arriving at the centre they have the opportunity to ‘sign in’ on their own sheets. This is normal practice at the centre and children look forward to doing this each morning.

Friendships in this room are key and all the children know each other well. They engage in games and activities in small groups throughout the day. Our philosophy encourages children to meet challenges without fear, and allows the learning process to be fun. We strive to create an environment that caters for the needs of our children and encourage the healthy development of physical, emotional, intellectual and social skills.

We’d love you and your family to join us at BestStart Meadowbank. Call us for more information, or to arrange a visit.

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

Our stories:

Visiting Meadowbank Primary

Big Day Out

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day

Celebrating Chinese New Year

ABC Kelvin Rd Waitangi treaty

ABC Kelvin Rd summer fun


Shopping day

Little Picasso’s

What else can you expect from our centre:

  • Affordable rates, 20 ECE hours, support with WINZ applications
  • Situated in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood
  • Qualified and committed team
  • Three nutritious home made meals and catering for special dietary requirements
  • Quality teacher child ratios

Parent feedback

” Staff are great. Prior to joining our centre we attended another independent centre. I feel ABC Kelvin Road is much more organised and structured with processes in place. We receive regular communication about our children. Our oldest child has particularly thrived in confidence and I can only put this down to the change to ABC. I like that the under2 area is always quiet and very clean. It is a haven away from the over2s for them to safely explore.”

“As a mum of a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl, I highly recommend ABC Kelvin Road to all the families in this area! All the teachers are so sweet and warm to the kids. They helped in a lot of different ways to get both of my children settled in well from the very beginning. All the teachers take care of the children and encourage them to try their very best and enjoy all the activities. The communication is really good among all the parties. When concern occurs, good communication and records are offered beforehand. Once again, choose ABC Kelvin Road, it will be a good choice.” 


We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what you 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.