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.
Wellington Central - now open
We've opened a brand new early learning centre for Kiwi kids aged 0 - 5 years on Webb Street.
Open from: October 2017
Hours: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm, weekdays.
To find out more, visit the Wellington Central page.
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
We offer care and education for under 5s both in–home and in dedicated early learning centres.
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 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.
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.