EduKids Riverbend

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

Edukids Riverbend, part of the BestStart family, is proud to be nestled within the Onekawa community and is located directly next door to St. Patrick’s school. Our passionate team of qualified teachers are dedicated to supporting our wide range of whanau and children who all share diverse aspirations, cultures, and beliefs with a focus on quality outcomes for children.

Our Vision

Where everybody has a place’ looks different for each person that walks through the doors. 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.

Our Infant room

The Kowhai Room boasts a Pikler inspired approach to education and care. In addition to respectful caregiving, the environment provides a range of natural and heuristic resources which support investigation, curiosity, exploration, and inquiry. A key teacher approach encourages strong, trusting relationships with both you and your child as we work together to provide optimal care.


Be School Ready

Our Be School Ready initiative is carefully designed by specialist teachers to suit the needs of our community. Our 4 year old children visit St. Patrick’s school once a week during term time where they engage in activities such as Jump Jam, Library Time and Class Activities alongside new entrant children. This opportunity is beneficial for all children transitioning into a school environment as your child develops capabilities that will support them in becoming a life long learner.


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

Harvest time at EduKids Riverbend

Wheels Day at Edukids Riverbend

Christmas by the ocean for EduKids Riverbend

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.”