First Steps Everglade Preschool

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
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Stay and Play at First Steps Everglade Preschool!

Date: Every Monday Time: 9.30am to 10.30am
Take a guided tour around our beautiful centre and meet our passionate and caring team. See how your child can enjoy an environment set up to inspire and stimulate exploration and discovery!
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Welcome to First Steps Everglade Preschool. We welcome you to visit our centre and have a guided tour through our culturally rich and stimulating learning environment. We’re open from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and have children in our care from 2 to 5 years. Our sister centre First Steps Everglade Babies is across the road – they can care for your infants from three months to two years of age.

First Steps Everglade Preschool has a team of qualified teachers who are dedicated in preparing children to become life long learners. We are a centre that prides ourselves on providing a quality service. Parent and community links are very strong here and this can be seen in many of the programmes we provide. We have a well established Be School Ready initiative which all the children are involved in. We also have a buddy program where the children visit Everglade Primary School every Wednesday afternoon during the school term. Click here for more information on our Be School Ready initiative.

Over the last year First Steps Everglade Preschool has really stepped up to the mark receiving the Gold Healthy Heart Award receiving top marks in the BestStart Quality Education and Care Evaluation Document and also recognised by BestStart Management receiving the “Living the Values Award, to top it all off the centre was successful in being awarded the Trust Mark Award in all three categories.

We look forward to hearing from you and joining you in the journey of raising your child.


View our centre’s latest ERO report 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 you child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform to check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information.
Web Healthy Heart

We have a Healthy Heart Award!

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

“Thanks so much for having me come to your Healthy Heart Award celebration last week! It was really amazing to come and see the Healthy Heart Award in action. When looking through your Healthy Heart Award application, the area that really stood out was the collaboration and engagement you have with your parents- this is definitely some of the best I have seen! Your menu and the effort Malita puts in is amazing. Congratulations again- you thoroughly deserve the Pa-Harakeke Gold Healthy Heart Award”. – Ainslie Ballinger – NZ Heart Foundation

Our Stories


First Steps Everglade Preschool’s colour festival fun

Healthy choices at First Steps Everglade Preschool

Healthy Hearts at First Steps Everglade Preschool

First Steps Everglade Preschool’s Maori Language Week


Parent Feedback:

“I hope you remember Alexander,  after finishing up with First Steps we moved to Western Australia. Alex recently mentioned how much he misses First Steps, his friends and his teachers so I thought I would drop you a line. Again I would like to thank you all for the great care and support you guys did for Alex and for the wonderful times and memories he has First Steps. He wishes he can back and visit and play again with Natalie and Robyn”

“I have been really please with how Josie has settled in. It was a tricky decision to enrol her at First Steps but I believed she would benefit from a more social environment surrounded by children her own age. I am please to say she is thriving. She comes home talking about about her friends and teachers and the new food she is trying which is great! The staff are very approachable and we are always greeted with a smile and made to feel welcome . They show a genuine interest in our family. We attended the parent event for new families and really enjoyed it. It gave us a chance to have valuable conversations with teachers in a relaxed way. We have also been kept up with how she is progressing through daily chats at drop off and pick up and via Storypark. We are so pleased how smoothly Josie has transitioned.”

“I have seen Daniel grow in confidence and develop many new skill during his time at First Steps. His verbal skills are fantastic and his cognitive skills have really impressed me. I am confident he is well prepared for school. The Be School Ready initiative has given him a head start and is excellent. He has developed a well rounded set of tools that has set him up for success in the future.”

“My son has developed so much since he started.  I am amazed how he is growing and at all the things he has learnt and experienced. Initially I felt anxious about leaving him but seeing the way the teachers made him feel and their actions and affections towards him made me feel better inside. Communication between the centre and home is very good. The teachers understand and listen to me and I appreciate their feedback and help. I know I have chosen the right daycare for my son.”

“My child enjoys going to preschool and never likes to miss a day from preschool only if she is sick and she knows she has to stay home until she is well. The staff are awesome and they communicate with the parents and children very well. I am thankful for their awesome job with my child.”

“I have really enjoyed having my children at First Steps Everglade. They are excited to arrive every morning and come home full of stories of achievements and things they have learnt. I feel supported by the staff and feel they take a genuine interest in my family and the well-being of my children.”