First Steps Ascot
First Steps Ascot is a newly renovated villa conveniently located between Remuera and Greenlane. We have a welcoming home away from home feel. We’re a small family-based childcare centre with close relationships with our children and families.
Open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm, the centre cares for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Staff have warm and positive relationships with families working together to meet children’s development goals. We havefull day, morning and afternoon sessions, and offer the Government 20 ECE hours that are free for 3-5 year olds.
Children learn about the world through play and our passionate teachers provide a nurturing, open and fun environment. Celebrating the many cultures of our children and families, we encourage whanau to join in our celebrations so we can learn and grow.
Modern learning environment
At First Steps Ascot we have beautifully renovated spaces that provide plenty of room for exploration and discovery. The modern decor and uncluttered set-ups invite children to discover at their own pace and cover all the curriculum areas (maths, science, pretend play, music, art). Teachers observe and plan learning experiences to extend on your child’s identified interests and skills.
Not only do we have a fantastic indoor environment we also have a wonderful outdoor space. Our covered outdoor deck provides opportunities for our children to be out in the fresh air, even during the winter months. Our huge outdoor playgound includes a bike track with slopes promoting physical education as well as a vegetable and herb garden with produce we use in the kitchen.
Age specific tailored spaces
The spaces at First Steps Ascot are designed with separate areas for infants and toddlers, and we allow for supervised interaction between the age groups adds to the family feel.
The infant and toddler teachers form close, nurturing relationships with families and we follow each child’s home routine. We create a calm and loving place for our youngest children filled with cuddles and smiles. Children are gifted lovely organic bedding when they start with us to ensure they have a quality bedroom experience.
The children transition to preschool around the age of two and we take their lead as to when they are ready to move. The preschool is an exciting place for children where their learning is developed to fulfil their potential. BestStart’s unique Be School Ready programme prepares children individually and in groups for Primary School focusing on literacy, numeracy, socialisation and independence skills.
An important part of our centre philosophy is to provide a ‘home away from home’ feeling. Part of this includes having shared spaces in the centre where siblings and our younger/older children can interact and engage in their learning. This demonstrates the concept of tuakana-teina relationships – where younger children learn from older children and vice versa. Transitions between the two rooms happen holistically and are led by the child with support from a primary caregiver.
Organic and sustainable products
We use eco store products (nappy balm, body wash, hand soap as well as laundry powder).
Our menu is organic where possible and provides nutritious options for meal times. We have our very own vegetable and herb garden which the children contribute to. Recently we have added a compost system where our fruit scraps go to help the soil in our garden become more fertile.
Organic bedding is also provided in our sleep rooms, to make sleep times more special and comfortable for your little one.
Read our latest ERO report here.
We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They’re a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing at the centre. You can log in to check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information.