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.


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.

Childcare that works for you

Centre-based early learning services & childcare

Helping children become confident, capable learners

Our early learning and childcare centres offer purpose-built learning environments for all kiwi kids. Our teachers have the skills, knowledge and resources to provide a range of experiences to enhance and extend your child’s learning.

All our work is based on the NZ early childhood curriculum (Te Whāriki) and the needs of each individual child. 

Home-based early learning services & childcare

Nurturing children's curiosity & development

Our home-based educators provide early learning in a home environment. Children benefit from engaging in activities and play that are designed to encourage their learning, curiosity and development.

These experiences are underpinned by the NZ early childhood curriculum (Te Whāriki) and the regular teaching support we provide our home-based educators. 

Proudly not for profit

Barnardos KidStart 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 and education provider to do so.

By choosing Barnardos KidStart, 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 KidStart. 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 KidStart educator yourself.


Get in touch

If you have questions about Barnardos KidStart, call us on 0800 KIDSTART (0800 543 782) or fill in the contact form on the KidStart website.