Baby Space Nelson | Quality Early Childcare in Richmond, Nelson | Early Learning Centre Nelson |

5 Chelsea Ave, Richmond 

03 544 1106

BabySpace has changed to meet your needs!

New Hours: 7:45 -5:15

New age range birth to 5 years

Welcome to BabySpace Nelson based in Richmond providing quality Early Childhood Education

BabySpace is Richmond’s Early Childhood Centre specialising in care for Infants, Toddlers and young children from birth to 5 years, open from 7.45am to 5.15pm.  BabySpace opened in 2008 and is family owned and operated by Lynda Richards and Chris Barnett.  Lynda is a qualified and experienced teacher with over 35 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education.

We acknowledge that choosing the right place for your children is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, come and visit us and you will see why so many families speak so highly of their experience with us.

The BabySpace team of teachers have a high level of qualifications, experience and most importantly share a genuine passion and commitment to working with families to provide the best for their infants and toddlers.

BabySpace offers a small group size, great ratios a stable teaching team and a warm homely environment that supports the diverse needs, abilities and interests of young children.
We welcome you to visit us at 5 Chelsea Ave.

Leaders and teachers have created a caring environment for children and their families. It is characterised by teachers who respond very effectively and respectfully to children's needs and interests and who incorporate whānau aspirations into planning and teaching.

Teachers use a range of communication strategies to ensure that parents and family are informed and engaged in their children's learning.

Transitions into the centre are well managed and tailored to the needs of individual children and their families.

Staffing is thoughtfully managed to ensure that primary caregivers build relationships with children and their families, know children well, and are able to provide continuity and consistency of routines. These practices create a positive environment for infants and toddlers.

Teachers thoughtfully organise and use the centre's resources to promote children's freedom of movement, challenge, curiosity, creativity and self-management. They work alongside children, responding to emerging interests as well as offering suggestions to challenge and extend learning without unnecessary intervention.

Teachers use language intelligently to empower children, to extend thinking, to encourage children to describe their feelings and to promote curiosity and  confidence.

The deliberate use of natural materials, reading resources that reflect te ao Māori, and the use of te reo reflect the centre's value of bicultural practices and support the language, culture and identity of Māori children.

The indoor and outdoor spaces are well designed to offer a very good range of activity and learning opportunities. They include areas for children to spend time quietly as well as to mix with other children.

Landscaping makes the area attractive and interesting as well as providing physical challenge. There is a very good range of equipment available for children.

Opening Hours

BabySpace is open Monday to Friday from 7.45 am to 5.15 pm.
Age range from birth to 5 years.
Sessions are available from 9-12pm or 1-4pm. A minimum booking of 3 sessions is recommended. A daily booking may not be for less than 3 hours.
Ph 03-544 1106


After our daughter attended BabySpace, there was no question for us that this is where our son would go too. We have loved seeing how both of our children have thrived in BabySpace's lovely environment. The teachers have nurtured our children's interests, supporting them with their new challenges and made them feel safe and secure. We feel like BabySpace is an extension of family, the teachers being like surrogate aunties for our kids.

Our daughter loves going to BabySpace! They do lots of activities, have a great outdoor play area and a wide variety of things to explore, play with and learn from.

I was very nervous about starting my daughter in daycare as we had both had over a year of Mummy daughter time. All the staff were so understanding of my daughter and my needs. We had a lovely slow transition and my daughter settled in perfectly. I love how BabySpace is not routine driven they are child led so will offer food if my daughter is hungry or encourage sleep when she seems tired. I really cant thank all the staff enough for the care they provide my daughter. It is now like a second home for her and she loves going there!

With both of us working it was essential for us to have our daughter in a centre that provided great quality of care where staff were informative about how she spent her time there.  We wanted an insight into what activities she had enjoyed, how well she had eaten and if she had a good nap etc. We have found the BabySpace team to be very helpful and kind.  The updates they provide on her daily accomplishments and development let us know that our daughter is well cared for and receives thoughtful and focussed attention.  The staff are all very experienced, well certified and have been there for many years. 
For us there were many positive reasons for choosing BabySpace - the kind and open nature of the staff, the way they apply their training to our child’s learning and development, the friendliness of the families that go there and the location. These aspects combine to provide a nurturing and safe environment for our daughter and memories to treasure.

Lovely environment and great staff

I would highly recommend BabySpace to anyone; we had an excellent experience that lasted 2.5 years. When I left my child with the BabySpace team I always knew she was safe, cared for and loved.

Over the last few years we've had 2 little ones be a part of this amazing centre. We couldn't have asked for anything better... teachers are so hands-on, loving, caring and really supportive if and when needed. They also have various activities & resources available and my kids love(d) going. What I really loved was, that as a parent, I was always communicated with so well throughout their journey (storypark/profile books and one on one when I pick my child up - really great to hear all about their day, interests & activities). I can't recommend BabySpace enough - Thank you for making us feel so welcome and part of your 'BabySpace' family!
Francois & Candice

We absolutely love BabySpace and would recommend to anyone!  Our first child attended BabySpace 4 years ago and we did not hesitate to enrol our second child.  The teachers are amazing – they are all so caring and really look after the children.  I love that the same teachers are still there after a number of years – this really says something about the atmosphere and how the teachers are looked after as well.  I am always amazed by the quiet and calm, even though there are little children running around having a great time and learning heaps through all the amazing experiences provided each week. Thanks so much to all the BabySpace team for looking after Brea so well.
Sherie and Andrew Schwass