BestStart Merivale

ABC Merivale
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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

BestStart Merivale is a renovated, converted villa. We have two rooms, a nursery for children up to 2 years old, with an emphasis on primary care, and a preschool room from 2-5 years.

We boast a ‘home away from home’ philosophy and have a friendly, passionate team of teachers who work alongside children to encourage exploration and self-help skills to prepare them for the world.

Our programme recognises and follows children’s individual and group interests, and we provide daily experiences to extend children’s learning and knowledge, as well as providing a rich core curriculum that allows children to choose and drive their own learning.

We have very large outdoor play spaces, which provide a variety of challenges for children to run, jump, bike, play and learn.

We provide a seasonal and nutritional lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea, all created here on site. We are happy to cater to any dietary requirements.

We have a comprehensive transition programme, for all aspects of transition – from settling in, changing rooms and leaving to school, so children are confident and well prepared. We also liaise with local schools as part of our Be School Ready initiative, as well as provide plenty of experiences that help grow literacy, numeracy, language and group work.


What makes us different:

  • Nutritious meals prepared on site daily
  • Lots of community involvement, such as school visits, local library visits, and excursions
  • Central location and close to bus routes
  • A home-like villa set up to create a comfortable environment for children
  • Passionate, committed and welcoming teachers who help extend children’s learning and experiences
  • Spacious separate outdoor areas for Under 2’s and Over 2’s
  • 20 Hours ECE subsidies available (conditions apply)

We’d love you and your family to come join us at BestStart Merivale. Please feel free to call us for more information or simply drop by for a visit.


Click below to read our latest centre stories:

Preschool Posties


Special Storytellers

Celebrating mums

Fun school visits

Click below to read a fantastic blog about one dad’s experience at ABC Merivale



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Giving Back

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


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 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:

“We are so thankful that ABC Merivale came into our lives. We feel very valued as part of their community and they go the extra mile to ensure our son Finn is loved and nurtured. His development has been so much faster due to the staff challenging him and engaging him with the older children. He started at 5 months and we are so happy he did. We look forward to many more great years ahead with ABC Merivale”.

“We chose ABC Merivale because the staff were so welcoming when we called in to visit, the rooms are so clean and light and spacious, the outside garden/play area is huge and filled with activities, and the centre provides food for the children. We really love the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and the way it is very child focused/led.  Our girls (age 2 & 4) run in in the morning, and never want to leave at the end of the day.  The staff are kind and really take care of the children, so we are delighted with our choice. Thanks for taking such good care of them.”

“We are very happy with our child’s development and with the friendliness and competence of the staff”

“Overall, this centre has provided an excellent service and care for my child and I am truly impressed, thank you”
“The new initiative Aimee has put in place for the children (signing their name in) parent teacher interviews etc, getting us (parents) more involved is phenomenal. 
She really does have the children’s best interests at heart and she is definitely the best manager you can have in my opinion. 
Your team at ABC Merivale are truly amazing people and it was the best decision to send our children there. “