About Us

Baxter’s Buddies is a new OSCAR Programme for the Halswell Area of Christchurch.

Why Choose Us?

Many of our carers are parents and/or have many years of experience, working as teacher aides in school or in other childcare roles.

They are all first aid trained, police vetted and have had extensive ongoing training in Health and Safety, Child Protection and Behaviour Management.


We collect the children daily from a designated pickup spot within Halswell, Ladbrooks, Oaklands and Aidanfield Christian schools. New entrants and new children to our program are collected from their classrooms until they are comfortable assembling at the meeting spot. Children are transported to and from school in our Baxter’s Buddies vans.

Our behaviour management style is of encouraging children to make good choices a daily habit. We do this by rewarding the children consistently for any behaviour that has a positive effect on themselves and others. Through our interactions with the children and one another, we are constantly modelling good behaviour choices. We also encourage the children to nominate their buddies, when they see behaviour worthy of reward! On Fun Fridays we have a weekly draw for children who have been nominated for great behaviour through the week, with small prizes given out! We discuss with your children regularly, the consequences of any negative behaviours, so that they are fully aware of these.

We do not provide WINZ subsidies at present.

5 Star Service

Flexible Bookings

No Waitlist

Holiday Programmes


Why is Baxter’s Buddies ideal for your family?

Child Care

Many of our carers are parents too, so they understand a child’s needs for warm, emotional support, as well as nutrition and play!

Homework Supervision

A free, optional extra, we supervise children’s homework completion, no need to blame the dog!

Fun Excursions

On Teacher Only Days and during the holidays we visit local parks and activities!

Peace Of Mind

Knowing that your little darlings are fed and cared for, getting their homework done and able to play happily til you can collect them!

Pick Up & Drop Off

With our before and after school care, we make sure your kids get to school and are picked up on time!

Before & After School

We have hours to suit you! Before and after school care as well as holiday programmes means you can work when you have to!

Enrol Now!

Its so simple, just fill out the form and let us take care of the rest!