BestStart Burnside


11 Sir William Pickering Drive, Russley, Christchurch

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
0 - 5

We value strong, reciprocal relationships between our children, whānau and our wider community. We encourage lifelong learning through tuakana teina relationships and ako, where our children work together and learn from one another. We provide a fun and inviting environment that promotes respect, independence and communication for all.

Sense of belonging -  Every child at BestStart Burnside has their own Key Teacher. This unique key teacher approach is evident across all three classrooms through the love and trusting relationships that each child and their whānau have within our centre. Children  develop a secure attachment with a special teacher who works closely with the whole family to provide the best learning outcomes for your child.

Individual development - We view tamariki as unique individuals, capable of driving their own learning through making their own choices and initiating play opportunities. We facilitate opportunities for the tamariki to build on their own interests, strengths and to develop social skills enabling them to grow up as competent and confident learners. Tamariki establish a strong, safe and secure sense of belonging.  Every child is celebrated and acknowledged for what they bring; their culture, customs and knowledge.

Our learning spaces

Nursery (3 months-2 years) - In our nursery we have a strong focus on each individual child’s care and learning. We ensure all interactions are authentic and responsive, where needs and wants are heard and met. Interactions are respectful, informing children about what is happening and letting them feel empowered in their environment and building their sense of contribution. Respect, independence, love, security and a sense of belonging happens.

Preschool (2 years-3.5 years) - Our preschool provides a fun, meaningful and child-driven learning environment where fun and a sense of humour are essential. The preschool places an emphasis on promoting respect, communication and independence. We use rich language, encouraging the use of both verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate and resolve conflicts. Supporting children to express themselves in a variety of different ways helps provide them with skills and strategies to build and maintain relationships with others.

Prep School (3.5 years – School) - In the prep school we have a developed transition to school programme which supports both children and parents with the next stage of their child’s education journey. Our environment is set to spark curiosity, encourage collaboration and strengthen communication. We focus on ensuring our children are respectful, confident, competent and responsible and who are flexible thinkers that have a real love of learning.

Hangaia he tūāpapa hei oranga ki te aroha i te ako - Building a foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. It evaluates and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.

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