First Steps Mount Maunganui

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

First Steps Mount Maunganui, part of the BestStart family, is a quality childcare centre situated in the sunny Bay of Plenty. We are close to the Bayfair shopping complex and the famous Mt Maunganui beach. Our centre offers both morning and afternoon sessions, as well as all-day care for children.

The Pukeko’s Nest is our room for babies and toddlers aged under 2 years. Your child will be looked after by our professional and dedicated team in a warm, calm, safe, nurturing and stimulating environment. Our infants and toddlers  have a  caregiver to support them as early learners and create a trusting relationship. We believe in providing time, space and plenty of opportunities for children to explore the environment and practice their skills in their own time.

Our Kea Kids room is for children aged over 2 years. Children build relationships, explore their interests and learn to Be School Ready in a positive, supportive and challenging environment. They are supported to develop confidence, a strong sense of belonging and important friendships.  Our Kea Kids grow to have a love of learning and are confident and capable learners.  The Kea Kids room offers a big playground which is full of challenges for all our children.

First Steps Mount Maunganui value parent/families/whanau contribution and encourage you to share your goals and aspirations for your children. Programme planning is based around the children’s emerging and current interests. Our centre supports this by providing enriching experiences through a range of activities, outings/excursions and experiences that fosters the children’s learning and development. We also offer a range of extra curriculum activities which include, swimming lessons to Baywave once a week, visits to the mobile library as well as parent/families/whanau events and excursions.

There is safe off-street parking for parents/families/whanau to get their children to and from the car. Our professional and friendly team invites you to come and meet us and see our quality interactive environment in action. We have an ‘open door policy’ so feel free to visit us anytime within our opening hours.

Ask us about our Be School Ready initiative!

What else you can expect from our childcare centre:

  • Quality teacher ratios 1:4 for under two’s and 1:8 for over two’s.
  • Nutritious meals prepared on site each day, working in with our Gold Healthy Heart Award.
  • A planned and emergent programme that reflects children’s learning and development.
  • Integrating the Be School Ready initiative e.g. Becoming familiar with routines, self-help skills where children gain independence, discovering creative and critical thought processes and lunch box day.
  • Professional, friendly and approachable qualified and experienced teachers.
  • Individual portfolios for each child.
  • Transition programmes that support both children and their families/whanau.


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.

See what we’ve been up to:

Celebrating Matariki at First Steps Mount Manuganui

World Ocean Day at First Steps Mount Maunganui

Rainbow Day at First Steps Mt Maunganui

Dinosaur Madness at First Steps Mount

Red day at First Steps Mount

Wet and Wild Day at First Steps Mount Maunganui

First Steps Mount’s Healthy Heart Gold Award

Undercover Cody visits First Steps Mount

Christmas Mat Time at First Steps Mount

Mother’s Day at First Steps Mount

First Steps Mount Maunganui visit Bernadette rest home

First Steps Mount Maunganui – Friday park exercise

First Steps Mount Maunganui improve their agility skills

First Steps Mount Maunganui love Dinosaurs and volcano’s

Wacky hair day at First Steps Mount Maunganui

Web Healthy Heart

We have a Healthy Heart Award!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!



Parent Feedback:

“My daughter Peyton started at First Steps over a month ago and I just wanted to say that this day care is absolutely AMAZING! Since I have moved Peyton from another daycare in Tauranga I am blown away with how professional, clean, and family orientated First Steps in Mt Maunganui are. The teachers in the nursery are absolutely amazing they are so positive, welcoming and make you feel like it’s a second home. I can’t believe how much my daughter has learnt in such a short time.”

“Thank you so much for all your time, patience, love and question answering you have given Lachlan. He has absolutely loved his time with you all, and as excited as he is for school, I know he will miss you all.”

“You’ve all made our four years at daycare so enjoyable and I was always so happy and content leaving the kids in you’re hands. We are so sad to leave as I”m pretty sure you guys are the BEST.”

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report for an evaluation of our success.