First Steps Frankton

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

First Steps Frankton is a whanau orientated childcare centre tucked away in an industrial part of Frankton. With our beautiful gardens, established trees, and large grass area we are able to create a homely feel. Our covered outdoor areas invite children to continue with play during all types of weather. The environment at First Steps Frankton is a true reflection of our commitment to providing real life experiences for children in a relaxed, respectful place.

At First Steps Frankton, we place high value on knowing our families and creating trusting relationships. We encourage whanau to participate in all aspects of centre life. We are hugely involved in the annual BestStart Ripper Rugby and Cultural Festival plus we have our annual centre Matariki hangi and various other celebrations throughout the year.

Whanaunatanga (relationships) and Manaakitanga (caring) are two of our guiding principles. Our children learn to care for our visitors as they are involved in kai prep and Kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the environment) as they care for and maintain our gardens and animals. This is all learnt by way of Ako (reciprocal teaching and learning) as our children also take charge of and lead their learning. Teachers engage in Wananga (learning) as this sharing of knowledge allows an exchange of views and ideas which are to be reshaped to fit the needs of our tamariki.

As an extra support for whanau wanting to get their children involved in early childhood learning we have 2 participation vans that bring children to the centre and take them home at the end of the day. Many of our children use this service and enjoy this time to share what they have learnt with their friends and van driver.


Ko nga pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko nga pae tata, whakamaua kia tina.

                        The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today.


What do we offer:

  • Providing care and education forbabies, toddlers and preschoolers – 6 weeks to 5 year olds
  • Enrol for five morning or afternoon sessions (up to 20 hours) for FREE (3-5 year olds only)
  • Sessions available (4 hour, 6 hour and full day)
  • WINZ subsidies
  • Experienced,qualified teachers
  • Over 3 and Under 3 classrooms

Free pick up and drop off service across Hamilton (conditions apply)

Click below to read about our latest centre stories

Gidgets and gadgets, to tutu and tinker!

Matariki Celebrations Continue At First Steps Frankton

Blue Week at First Steps Frankton

Ice Excavation at First Steps Frankton

Ruben the Road Safety Bear visits First Steps Frankton

Mat Time at First Steps Frankton

First Steps Frankton attend Whakaoraora Wharenui opening

Parent Feedback:

“We wanted our 2 girls first experience to be in a loving, caring, homely environment where they felt safe and we received all of this throughout our years at First Steps Frankton. Thank you to the staff that who helped our girls in their journey to reach all their milestones. All staff and friends will be dearly missed”

“Thanks for a great 3 years at First Steps Frankton. Zane has thoroughly enjoyed his time at this centre meeting lots of new friends and forming relationships with all his teachers. As a whanau we thank you all for the care Zane received“.

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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.
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