BestStart Nottingham Avenue

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

BestStart Nottingham Avenue (formerly ABC Halswell)  provides quality education and childcare in the heart of Halswell. Our home-like centre is a long-established service within the community that offers care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Our centre consists of three dedicated age-appropriate classrooms within two converted houses, each with their own well established gardens, trees and playgrounds that interconnect, so children can see one another in different areas throughout the day.

Children at our centre bring their own lunch boxes, which helps them to develop the self-care lunch box skills they will need when they start school.  Nutritious morning and afternoon teas are provided each day, which meet the Healthy Heart guidelines.  The centre currently holds the Silver Award.

We offer excellent ratios in our Nursery, catering for just seven children, which provides children with wonderful opportunities to bond with their teachers and engage in meaningful interactions.

The Toddler area caters for children aged approximately 20 months to 3 1/2 years of age. This room provides children with a great stepping stone to learning. It provides opportunities for children to challenge themselves and extend their current knowledge, skills and abilities.

Our Preschool Room caters for children aged approximately 3 1/2 – 5 years of age. The children in this room are encouraged to be responsible, respectful, and contributing learners. The children lead their own learning and are very resourceful, practical learners who are eager to find out more. The children engage with teachers, and work independently in our Be School Ready initiative which is immersed throughout the daily programme and routines, with resources readily available to them.  We have developed close relationships with our local schools, Oaklands and Halswell, and offer termly visits to Oaklands School for children nearing 5 years old.  We also make monthly visits to Te Hapua, Halswell Library.

What makes us special: 

  • Small classroom numbers and 3 age appropriate classes
  • Wonderfully large outdoor playground areas with established gardens and trees
  • Home-like centre and outdoor area, located within a suburban environment

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.

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

We have a Healthy Heart Award! For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!