First Steps Abacus

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

ERO has rated First Steps Abacus in the top 7% of NZ childcare centres providing positive learning outcomes for children

First Steps Abacus, part of the BestStart family, is an established childcare centre situated on a large corner plot, a short drive from the Taupo CBD. We provide education and care for children from 3 months to school entry. As we are licensed for only 37 children, we offer a home-like, welcoming and relaxed family environment.

We are proud of our spacious and inviting outdoor playground with established trees which provide lots of natural shade. Outside offers a variety of areas for children to explore including the sandpit, nature garden, vegetable/fruit/herb garden and climbing fort with swings. We even have heaps of space left for ball games, running and bike riding!

Our experienced team of teachers are dedicated to creating a warm, friendly and fun environment where children and their whanau feel safe and at home. We are committed to providing a quality programme which includes a variety of learning experiences from which children are free to choose. Children at First Steps Abacus are encouraged and supported to learn through their play experiences, and we plan our programmes based on the children’s interests, skills and learning dispositions.

Our Be School Ready initiative weaves through our curriculum, engaging and encouraging children through their everyday play and routine experiences to develop the skills they will need when they start school. When children from First Steps Abacus start school they have a strong foundation on which to build their future learning journey. We value independence so it is important for us to empower and support children to achieve things for themselves. We encourage children to work together, learn alongside and from their peers and most importantly to enjoy being a child and have fun!

We respect children; their individual strengths and interests and their diverse cultural heritage and background. We understand that parents know their children best and we value partnership with parents/whanau and encourage them to contribute to our programme and share their aspirations for their child’s future learning and development. This provides our teaching team with valuable information with which to enrich our programme. We love getting out into the community to visit interesting people and places, including visiting primary school new entrant classes to support our 4 year olds with transition to school.

Abacus has an open door policy and we would love you to come and visit us for more information.

What can First Steps Abacus offer you and your family:

  • Morning, afternoon or full day sessions to suit your child and family circumstances
  • An interesting and stimulating programme that reflects children’s current interests and strengths
  • Nutritious morning tea and afternoon tea prepared on site each day
  • We have attained our Whanau (Silver)Healthy Heart Award.
  • We are developing relationships with our local marae, which include visits.
  • Experienced, friendly and knowledgeable staff
  • Portfolios for each child documenting their learning journey
  • Quality teacher ratios of 1:4 for under two’s and 1:8 for over two’s
  • Affordable rate, 20 ECE hours programme

Top ranked NZ childcare centre
ERO has rated First Steps Abacus in the top 7% of New Zealand childcare centres providing positive learning outcomes for children.

View our latest ERO report here…

Our Stories:

First Steps Abacus make Salt Dough Decorations

Blue Day at First Steps Abacus

First Steps Abacus celebrate new beginnings

First Steps Abacus – Meeting Vinny’s guide dog Odie

First Steps Abacus – Dog Safety with Marty and Sky

First Steps Abacus – Matariki Pot Luck Dinner


We have been awarded the Whanau (Silver) Healthy Heart Award by the NZ Heart Foundation!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!

Click here to read about our Hula Hoop morning


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 about this fantastic resource. 


Parent Feedback: 

“Mia has been with a few centres and in-home child care for a long time and at Abacus it is the happiest she has ever been!”

“Abacus has been amazing. My son is learning so many things every day and is so excited to tell me. I like to practice at home the things that are being taught at kindy. Thanks so much!” 

“To all the wonderful staff at Abacus, thank you so much for the amazing job you have done caring for Matthew over the past 4 years. Your positive influence and support has shaped Matthew into the confident social boy he is and has set him up for a great start to school”