First Steps Matau Street

First Steps Matau
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Top ranked NZ childcare centre

By NZ Education Review Office

First Steps Matau Street education and childcare centre in Alexandra, believes in providing a programme and environment where children grow and learn in an unhurried, respectful way. Teachers provide encouragement, warmth and acceptance of each child’s special skills, talents and interests.

First Steps Matau Street is the first centre in the Central Otago region to receive a 4 year ERO return. ERO has rated us  in the top 7% of New Zealand childcare centres providing positive learning outcomes for children. Click here to read out ERO report

We offer education and care for children aged 3 months to 5 year olds, with two separate learning spaces – Hihi (2yrs and younger) and Tui (2-5yrs). Although we have separate areas, we often spend a lot of the day together. Children are invited to share and inform us where their learning desires them to move. Our beautiful environment has well established trees to nurture any outdoor enthusiast.

Here at First Steps Matau we also work alongside the teaching philosophy of RIE/Pikler where we aim to foster and support their world of respect and trust into our everyday interactions.

We have created a unique, special place – our Nurture Nest (sleep room) – which provides a calm respectful place for children to rest.

To see how First Steps Matau can benefit you and your family, come along and visit us today.



We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. It’s 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. You can check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.


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