Centre Based Early Learning

BEL Centre early learning

Barnardos Early Learning Centres offer early education and care to enrich your child’s future.

Purpose built outdoor and indoor spaces stimulate your child’s imagination, while our qualified teachers care for their early learning, wellbeing and safety. From baby to toddler and up until your child is ready for school life, your child’s unique personality will be celebrated and nurtured. Friendships will blossom for the children, and often the parents too, lasting long into the school years and beyond.

Why choose an early learning centre?

  • Quality early learning and care - 90% of our team are qualified, experienced Early Childhood Education teachers who love finding ways to weave learning moments into every day – guided by your child’s interests and NZ’s Early Childhood Education Curriculum – Te Whāriki
  • Friendships and community - The chance for your child to socialise with a diverse range of children and cultures, kickstarting lifelong friendships and growing your community of local parents
  • Purpose built  environments - Stimulating outdoor and indoor spaces are specially designed to support your child’s learning
  • Convenience - 21 centres in central locations across Aotearoa/New Zealand, providing part and full day options to suit your families needs.

More about our centres

Convenient and affordable

We want to make your child’s early learning and care experience as accessible as possible. That’s why we have 21 centres in central locations across Aotearoa/New Zealand. Many centres offer extended hours and provide meals too.

Affordable fees, coupled with 20 hours of NZ government ECE subsidised care/week for 3-5year olds and other government subsidies you may be eligible for, helps make the choice an easy one.

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Quality early learning

Each centre’s Head Teacher, and their team, are committed to your child’s early learning.

90% of our centre staff are qualified Early Childhood Teachers who thrive on creating learning opportunities based on your child’s interests. Te Whariki – NZ’s Early Childhood Education Curriculum – is woven through each day’s activities and guides the learning framework.

Your child’s learning milestones, as well as other photos and videos, are shared with you via the online platform Storypark.

Community connection

From growing their own vegies to local excursions, your child will develop a healthy connection between their community, their environment and themselves.

Each centre is purpose built, cares for 30 - 50 children each day and reflects its local community. We celebrate our centres’ cultural diversity, responding to their communities’ needs in everything we do.

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