First Steps Donny Ave

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20 Hours Free for 2 year olds

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First Steps Donny Avenue childcare centre in Chartwell, Hamilton provides quality care and education for children between 3 months to 5 years old.

Building relationships with our children and families are important to us. We work hard to foster an environment where everyone feels welcome. Our role is to foster each child’s sense of belonging and well-being so they feel confident to participate, engage, play and learn!

The Under Two’s area offers a calm and nurturing environment, lead by a team of teachers with many years of experience. We enjoy sharing in the development of our tamariki as they become capable and confident. Planning is built around each child’s unique interests, allowing them to initiate their own learning. Working closely with parents we ensure care routines and aspirations from home are followed. We love the role we get to play with these special little ones and it shows!

The preschool room is a natural progression from our Under Two’s. It inspires children to explore and control their own learning with the availability of new and different resources and experiences. We are interested in the transition process into the centre, between rooms and then on to school. Parent involvement and communication is valued. Toddlers and preschoolers are encouraged to use their developing self-help skills and are offered opportunities to extend their developing independence. These are integrated into our Be School Ready initiative, along with regular routines. There are regular planned activities as well as spontaneous activities in response to children’s emerging interests.

What makes us special?
• Outings to local parks, Chartwell library and Chartwell Square
• Strong, trusting relationships with our whanau to help develop a supportive learning environment
• Continuity of children’s learning, showing how each child’s interests and skills are developing in their own portfolio
• Whanau partnership and involvement
• Stimulating environments for our children
• Nutritious meals are prepared on site each day by our in-house chef
• Quality teacher ratios of 1:4 for under two’s and 1:8 for over two’s
• Affordable rates, as well as 20 ECE hours for 3 and 4-year-olds
Swimming lessons for 3 and 4-year-olds at Hilton Brown every Tuesday
Music lessons with a specialist every Thursday for our 2-5-year-olds
Art Tutor on Thursday afternoons



We have a Healthy Heart Award!

For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!

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Learn more about our centre philosophy here

Click here to read our centre’s ERO report

Check out our centre’s latest stories and events:

Swimming Lessons


Plunket Week

Walk in the park

Tina visits

Dumpling making

Christmas fun

Performing at the cultural festival


Coffee morning

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Red Nose Day

Special visitors

Feathered friends visit

Celebrating Mums

Ladies Pamper evening

Grandparents Day

The Adventure

Swimming Lessons

Stroll to the park

Watch our children dancing to Lovely Scarf!

We have a Healthy Heart Award!
Web Healthy Heart

For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!


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:

“Many thanks for looking after Jack and all the children with kindness, care, campassion and a sense of humour”

“Omgosh! That is the cutest thing ever! Thank you guys for all your support, guidance and care you give not only Holly, but myself also. You’re an amazing team. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!”

“Can’t believe time has gone already, Elyse has done a great job in babies room also a big thanks to all the staff at Donny as they always do a great job 😊” Maria August 2017

“Yay for team Clueless coming 2nd in Ashlinns daycare quiz last night. So many laughs! Thanks to the amazing Donny Ave crew for all your hard work in putting together a really fun evening! You guys rock! Donny Ave, best daycare ever!”

“You guys are amazing! I don’t know how you do it, but its always with a smile on your face and no problem is ever too difficult!! There is so much going on each week with trips, classes and celebrating special days. Its all captured in photos and followed up with gorgeous stories!! You are all super – heros in my eyes!. The boys have thrived at your centre and all the support and guidance you have given them is priceless. I can’t thank you enough and we will miss you all terribly.’  – May 2016

“Thank you for being such excellent educators and mentors. We really appreciate the warmth and love that radiates from the centre.” – July 2016

“Thank you so much for all the love and care you so generously gave to (our son) while he was attending sessions. He has talked lots about you all. Thanks for encouraging him to learn, grow and develop.” – July 2016

“These days people are so quick to write about bad experiences or bad customer service but i thought to take this opportunity to say thank-you to the wonderful staff at First Steps Donny Ave for taking such good care of my little Liam when he fell while at Kindy. They were quick to let me know what happened and even made sure that there was someone to drive with me to the hospital and stay with me through the whole yukky experience. So Liam is back to normal with 2 stiches on his head (and proud of it) and I am a happy mummy. If you are ever looking for quality people to look after your kiddies even when yukky things happen, please go see them….”

“Thank you…For your time, your cuddles, your patience and all your love. Thank you for being part of Manaakis world. Our sincere gratitude to the beautiful ladies in the under twos at First Steps Donny Ave. From the time I let go of my baby to head back to work, you gorgeous ladies have stepped in as second mums. Nurturing, loving, and caring for our big boy. If I haven’t shown any of my appreciation, please know from the bottom of our hearts thank you so much. I couldn’t be more grateful to have you all in his world, from the little babe to the cheeky boy he is now. Treasured always lovelies xxx”

“Thanks to the wonderful teachers at Donny Ave for putting on a wonderful evening where we could celebrate our children and their accomplishments. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. We appreciate you all!! From Christensen Cew”

“We had a lovely time and the hard work put in by the staff was much appreciated”

“You know its going to be a cracker of a day when it starts with the sun shining and being given a double shot latte and some very sweet little treats. How lucky am I to have the wonderful BestStart Donny Ave staff in my life. Thank you for keeping Ashlinn alive for us, and allowing her to have such fun each day. Love you guys like family. Thank you for the treats x”