First Steps Fendalton

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for children under 2yrs old
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First Steps Fendalton is a renovated villa with a warm, inviting homely feel. We offer high quality childcare and are conveniently located close to town on Fendalton Road. We provide many learning experiences within a caring and safe environment.  At our centre, you and your child’s individual needs will be responded to and your child will learn and develop in a supportive environment. Their day will be filled with a wide range of high quality learning experiences, including music, art, messy play, physically active play, dramatic play, maths, science, literacy and more. Your child will develop responsibility and independence.  Enrol today and watch them grow in confidence and develop new relationships.

Our great team of teachers are experienced and know how to support a baby, toddler or young child’s learning and development. We have well-resourced nursery and preschool rooms. We encourage children to learn through exploring what interests them as well as providing planned group experiences.


Our learning spaces

The Nursery Room

Our infant and toddler area has been designed to provide a safe space for our babies, while allowing toddlers room to challenge themselves and acquire new skills. Our philosophy is underpinned by the RIE/Pickler theory which advocates for free movement and respectful, authentic communication with children. In line with this, we practice primary caregiving. Each child has a primary caregiver who is responsible for getting to know your child really well. They will be the main person changing their nappy, giving them bottles and putting them to bed. We believe this supports your child to feel safe and secure away from family and therefore develop a strong sense of belonging really quickly.  We also provide a flexible transitioning process into the preschool room when they are ready usually around 2 years old.

The Preschool Room

Our preschool room is for children 2 to 5 years.  When your child starts in our preschool room, they will be paired up with one main teacher who will be there to help them settle in each day. The preschool’s outdoor area is spacious with a natural setting. Large established trees provide shelter and beauty. It is a unique outdoor setting providing safe spaces for children to learn, explore, challenge themselves and gain confidence over their bodies.  Our aim is to provide children with a love of learning within a play based curriculum.  We know we have achieved this when children leave our centre with curiosity, perseverance and a strong sense of themselves as a valued member of a group.  These dispositions will allow your children to be ready to learn the academic skills taught in school.

Be School Ready

Our fantastic Be School Ready initiative encourages children’s learning and development around what they will need for school such as independence, self-help skills, being able to express themselves and taking responsibility for their own learning. This initiative starts in our nursery where we encourage the independence and self-help skills of our toddlers. For example, we give them a mirror to look in while they use a face cloth to wash their own hands and faces with gentle guidance from teachers. Children in the preschool room develop responsibility through putting away their own belongings and pouring their own drinking water throughout the day.  Children in the preschool room are encouraged to develop their sense of responsibility in many different ways.  Our four year old programme gives older children an opportunity to extend their skills and knowledge in smaller, more focused group experiences.




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 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.

We’d love you and your family to join us here at First Steps Fendalton, so please feel free to email or call us for more information, or simply drop in for a visit.


Healthy eating

We provide a cooked lunch each day made by our experienced cook.  Our meals include a variety of vegetables, meats and starches.  We also provide morning and afternoon tea which includes a selection of fruit as well as something else nutritious. We also have a Healthy Heart Award from the NZ Heart Foundation. For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!



Our vision and philosophy

Together we inspire all

At First Steps Fendalton we:

Inspire all by…

Providing a beautiful, stimulating environment that encourages curiosity and discovery.


Develop Independence by….

Encouraging all to make choices and challenge ourselves.


Foster Creativity to…

Express ourselves, our thoughts and ideas.


Live in Kindness by…

Showing respect for one another. Working as a team; children, families and teachers together.


Promote Understanding by…

Exploring our community, the natural world and our place within it.


Have Fun by…

Laughing together every day.


Education Review Office report

Click here to read our latest ERO report



Parent Feedback

“We want to thank all the staff for being such a fundamental part of both our children’s education. We are so thankful that we found a centre with such loving, caring and professional staff who genuinely wanted the best for our children.”

“I strongly believe that the teachers who work in the First Steps Fendalton Nursery, are two of the best early childhood teachers I have ever come across. The skills and knowledge that they possess are second to none and they are so incredible with all the children in the nursery. They take the time needed for every child and after sitting and observing mat time, I was truly blown away by how much my daughter is learning. My daughter was born very sick and as she has grown she has been delayed. But with her current teachers and the incredible centre she is at I have seen her go forward in leaps and bounds. I truly believe  that the teachers in the nursery are to thank for this and I am beyond impressed with them. I can truly see them making a huge difference in my children’s life and there is no better feeling than knowing that whilst your children are in someone else’s care, that they are being looked after and it’s such a joy to know that while my children are at first steps fendalton they are being not only looked after but genuinely loved too.  We absolutely love First Steps Fendalton. This daycare centre is truly amazing and ALL the staff are doing such a fantastic job I truly think they deserve to be recognised.”

“I am so so happy that I stumbled upon First Steps Fendalton… I feel so lucky to have found a place where my child is so happy and well cared for :)”

“We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else ! We love our first steps family – best daycare centre ever.”

“It is so good getting updates and photos on Storypark. Our child is really enjoying preschool and First Steps Fendalton is doing a great job with her. Thank you for all the time you put into her care and learning. We really appreciate it!”

“My child is loving his mornings in the nursery and we can see he is happy and settled as well as feeling content around the teachers. We are so pleased how quickly he has settled in the nursery. We can see his personality really developing since he has begun attending preschool and his confidence and independence has sky rocketed!! Thank you for your great work with him.”