About Us


About Us

Baxter’s Buddies was founded in 2017 by Lisa Smith. Lisa began her career after completing a Commerce Degree in Management from Otago University and worked in Sydney and London before returning to New Zealand and changing career paths.
She found her real passion in education and after finishing a post-graduate diploma in teaching, taught in Auckland, and in International Schools in both Kuala Lumpur and Perth.
She is a mother of three and understands the demands that are placed on working parents.
Lisa saw the need for a childcare service beyond the scope of regular after school care that was flexible, affordable and catered to today’s busy families lifestyles. 


Baxter is Lisa’s family dog and used to come to the school gate every day to pick up our first Baxter’s Buddies. He would often go on excursions to the beach and loved being the centre of attention. Baxter still makes the occasional visit to remind us all that he is still an important part of the team!

Professional Care

We pride ourselves on providing the very best care for your children, as if they were our own!


Lisa, who runs Baxter’s Buddies, has a background in teaching and a strong focus on literacy.

Homework Supervision

No-one wants to try to wrangle tired kids after dinner to do their homework, let us do it for you!

You're In Good Hands

Many of our carers are parents too, so they understand the challenges of juggling work and kids! All carers are extensively vetted and have first aid and a childcare background.

Artistic Pursuits

Is your child not the sporty type? No hassles! We have loads of arts and crafts activities too!

Enrol Now!

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