BestStart Arawhata Road Kindy

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20 Hours Free for 2 year olds

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Welcome to BestStart Arawhata Road Kindy (formerly ABC Arawhata), we are a small, friendly, whānau orientated centre and we welcome children aged 2-5 years old.  We are located on the beautiful Kapiti Coast and are close to public transport, the main shopping centre, parks and reserves and are a five-minute drive from the beach and river.

Our Vision

Cultural values, sustainability, healthy lifestyles and enquiring minds are the corner stones of our learning experiences.


Cultural Values

We celebrate our culturally diverse blend of children, parents and whānau as we come together to learn with and alongside one another. We make it a priority to ensure all cultures are acknowledged, recognised and included in every aspect of our centre.


Your child will learn about the value of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ through everyday activities. We encourage you to use recyclable lunch containers and less plastic wrap to support this. Your child will also learn about the importance of insects in our environment and the value of water. We have set up a watering system that the children operate to water our vegetable garden whilst helping them to conserve water.

Healthy Lifestyles

We have a lovely spacious, well-resourced outdoor area that provides your child the freedom to run, explore and develop confidence while building social skills and discovering the world around them. We have a beautiful vegetable garden where they can be involved in the complete process of gardening from, clearing, planting, and harvesting to preparing the vegetables for themselves and whānau to eat.

Enquiring Minds

Your child will be encouraged to join in all aspects of our centre programme where we offer a variety of activities such as projects, music, literacy, maths, science and creative arts just to name a few. There is plenty of uninterrupted time for them to discover, explore and research their individual interests and ideas and to refine their working theories about the world around them.

Be School Ready

We are known in our community to be warm and welcoming and for preparing our children well for school. We offer a Be School Ready initiative where we build relationships with our local schools and the wider community. This provides the opportunity for your child to develop a passion for learning, confidence and social skills which supports their transition to school, making this a positive, smooth, enjoyable experience for you all.

Please give us a call or pop in and have a cuppa whilst your child explores. You can meet our friendly team and see our centre in true action.


We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform wherever you are in the world to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information


We are proud to hold Sun Smart certification from the NZ Cancer Society.

Check out our centre’s latest events and stories

WAM Festival fun

Sparkling teeth

Rollicking Mother’s Day Evening

Big celebrations at ABC Arawhata!

Sun Smart Certificate

Getting festive

It’s all action

Father’s day at ABC Arawhata

Superheroes in ABC Arawhata’s community

ABC Arawhata learn to swim


Mums pampered at ABC Arawhata


ABC Arawhata Rocks!

ABC Arawhata’s Fire Engine Visit

ABC Arawhata get a visit from the ambulance 

Father’s and Grandfather’s evening at ABC Arawhata

ABC Arawhata’s Bee Heathy Visit

ABC Arawhata’s recycled Christmas tree

Ask about our Be School Ready initiative

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report.

Parent Feedback:

“Thank you for fantastic education given to Itsuki. he loves kindy, his friends and teacher. He became independent, kind, thoughtful and friendly through his experience at kindy. You are the best teachers ever.”

“I’ve noticed a positive change in my son. He had learnt a a lot since being there. Words, objects, numbers etc. The teachers are lovely and my son really likes them too. I am happy with his progress and will be sending my younger son there too when hes of age.”

“Staff have been brilliant in developing my daughter’s social skills. They have gone out of their way to be flexible and communicate with me.”

“The daily story park stories about general centre activities are great.”

“I love that the staff are so welcoming and friendly. They’ve been amazingly supportive of my starting study this year and changing my child to full time care. I was so nervous about starting study.”

“Our daughter is happy to go to kindy every day and even when we drive by in the weekends, she waves and shouts out “Hello kindy”! This is great confirmation that she is enjoying attending, and always comes home happy and dirty (in a good way) and full of stories about her friends and teachers.”

“The staff provide the highest quality care and education for my child and put so much effort and hard work in.”