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!