EduKids Riverbend

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

Edukids Riverbend, part of the Beststart family. nestled within the Onekawa community on Riverbend Road, between Taradale and Kennedy Roads and next door to St. Patrick’s school. Our centre caters for children from birth through to when they take the next step in their learning journey and move on to school.

Our Vision

Our Vision is for Edukids Riverbend to be a place for everybody, to come together, to belong, to learn, to fly!

Whether it be a place where you as parents feel comfortable to have a cuppa with teachers while your child is transitioning or a learning environment where your child develops strong connections with teachers, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and to know that this is their place. Parent and whanau evenings and events are an opportunity to come together and share stories, skills and knowledge. Regular fun days and events reflect the diversity of our centre and the things that are important to our local community. The centre has a participation van to support you in getting your children to and from the centre.

Our Environment

We provide an environment that supports the health and well being of all. Our commitment to healthy food and physical activity is recognised through our Healthy Heart award. Our large outdoor area supports the development of physical skills and abilities that are the foundations for learning.

We have 3 separate classrooms that cater for the needs and interests of the different age groups.

Our Infant Room

The Kowhai Room boasts a Pikler inspired approach to education and care. We provide a secure space for your baby to play and explore, supported by their key teacher your baby will have the freedom to develop at their own pace. After graduating from the nest your child will join the toddlers in the Kowhai room where they are provided with opportunities to explore and learn using all of their senses.

Our Toddler Room

In the Pohutukawa Room we work in partnership with parents and whanau to develop individual plans that support our 2 and 3 year olds learning and development. Our large playground offers opportunities to wonder at nature as well as to move and learn, and develop foundation skills for learning.

Our Preschool Room

In the Totara Room our Be School Ready initiative helps us to prepare children for the next step in their learning journey, school. Through play, teachers support children to develop communication and social competence, maths and literacy, science and technology skills and knowledge, as well as physical skills and knowledge about how to keep safe and healthy. Regular visits to local schools also support children to Be School Ready.


A Journey of Sustainability

We have begun this at Edukids Riverbend to increase environmental awareness. Our centre chickens, Hei Hei and her chicks, are very much a part of our programme. Our children take great pride in caring for our chickens with the reward of collecting fresh eggs each day. Our natural environment reflects our commitment to sustainable practices where your child will experience real grass, wide open spaces and care for our vegetable garden.

We would love you to come and spend some time with us and see what we can offer you and your family. Call us or pop in for a visit today!



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


Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO.

Read about our centre events

Matariki Celebrations

Working on Hauora

Nurturing Through Nature

Pink Ladies Breakfast

Tamariki Exploring Autumn Leaves

Water Sustainability

Wheels Day

Delicious plums at EduKids Riverbend

Harvest time at EduKids Riverbend

Wheels Day

Christmas by the ocean

Tipu Tahi – Growing Together at EduKids Riverbend

EduKids Riverbend’s free celery stall

Water Play at EduKids Riverbend

Parent Feedback:

“Thank you so much for looking after our little girl for the past 12+ months. She has learnt so much and she just loves going to daycare to play and see you ladies. I rave about your centre to all my friends.”

“Thank you for all you’ve done for our son – the love and support. He has so loved being part of the EduKids whanau and that’s because of the wonderful teachers there. You’ve truly become part of our family as a whole. We appreciate you being an extension of our family in so many ways”

“It is absolutely clear that my daughter is learning more and more each day at school. The staff provide great support and patience with her.”