Providing the best start in life

Barnardos has been doing more to educate and care for Kiwi kids since our first centre opened in 1972. We now have services right across Aotearoa that have helped thousands of children reach their potential.

We know that early education matters. It sets children on the right path for the best educational and life outcomes.


Early learning that works for you

We offer care and education for under 5s both in–home and in dedicated early learning centres. To find out more about Barnardos Early Learning you can visit our dedicated website or either of our options below:


Focusing on children, families & communities

We recognise that every family and child has different needs. We provide tailored early learning services and childcare to ensure children get the best education and care that works. We also respond to the diverse communities we operate in, providing experiences that reflect the values and spirit of each.


Qualified & experienced staff

In all our early learning services we exceed Ministry of Education requirements for early childhood education (ECE) teaching qualifications and teacher certification. Our teachers are committed to delivering high–quality learning experiences for all tamariki.


Proudly not for profit

Barnardos Early Learning exists to help every Kiwi kid shine bright. We are truly not for profit — every dollar we make goes back into local communities. We're the only early learning provider to do so.

By choosing Barnardos Early Learning, you're not only doing more for your child — you're doing more for children across Aotearoa New Zealand.


Find us

We have a dedicated website for Barnardos Early Learning. There you can learn more about our early learning and childcare services, find a centre or home–based educator, or learn about becoming a Barnardos Early Learning educator yourself.


Get in touch

If you have questions about Barnardos Early Learning, call us on 0800 BARNARDOS (0800 227 627) or fill in the contact form on the Barnardos Early Learning website.