Enrolling your child

Enrolling your child

To make sure you get the centre who’s right for you and your child, we’ll talk with you to understand what you’re looking for from childcare and take you to meet the centre we think will be a good fit for you.


We encourage you to visit your local Barnardos KidStart Childcare centre to see if it is right for you and your child. We recommend you come more than once, and at different times of the day to see how we work, and to meet the teachers and children in the centre.

When you visit, we can talk about the hours you would like your child to be at the centre. Most centres offer four-hour sessions, six-hour days or full days (more than six hours).

Once you have chosen the right centre for you and your child, and have completed the enrolment process, you will receive a welcome pack filled with helpful information to start your first day in childcare with us. We will also let you know what to bring each day and give you information on our policies and procedures that guide us at Barnardos KidStart Childcare.

Your first day

We will help you and your child to achieve a smooth transition from home to the centre, become familiar with the new environment, and start to build relationships with our staff, other children and their families.

Securing your place

Your child may be able to start straight away, but sometimes there is a waiting list so it pays to contact us early. If there is no space available, we can talk about whether our home-based childcare is an option for you.

Find a centre near you

Find a centre available in your area here or give us a call on 0800 KIDSTART (543782).