First Steps Onslow

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
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First Steps Onslow is a multicultural childcare centre offering quality care and education in the heart of Papakura, 5 minutes from the Southern Motorway. We provide and deliver to each individual child the best learning experiences and top quality nurturing care from 3 months to 5 years. We are situated next to Massey Park and we have lovely spacious outdoor play areas for our infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Quality Programme

Our programme is responsive to children’s interests. We believe in the younger children learning from their older peers and the older children supporting and role modelling to the younger children (Tuakana- Teina relationships). We focus on providing them with positive and fun interactions that engage our tamariki as lifelong independent learners. We believe parents are their children’s first Teachers and are dedicated to working with parents and families to continue routines from home. With our Be School Ready initiative, children are assisted with acquiring skills and knowledge they will need in the early years which help them at school and life. This includes independence, confidence, positive attitude towards learning, problem solving and areas in literacy, numeracy and art.


Our cook provides nutritious breakfast, lunch, morning- and afternoon tea for all our children. We teach our children about healthy eating, good table manners and self-help skills.

Opening hours

We have an open door policy and we welcome visitors to the centre. We would love to show you through our pre-school, toddler and infant rooms. We are open from 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday, and offer full days, short days and morning/ afternoon sessions.

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report.


We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They’re 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 wherever you are 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.

Our centre stories:

See the feature in the local paper of our BestStart Best Shot sport day

First Steps Onslow parent evening


Parent Feedback:

“First Steps Onslow is a lovely centre and I have grown close to most if not all of the teachers here. I love going to work every day knowing that I have “family” taking care of my child. Thank you First Steps Onslow for doing such an awesome job with my son.”

“I’d just like to say how much I love seeing the big photos of our babies all around the babies centre. The centre is looking absolutely amazing. I love sending my boy to you guys and I really love seeing all the photos you take of him doing different activities. For a mum that feels like she’s missing out on a lot of milestones and moments, it really does mean a lot. They look amazing and it really gives me a buzz seeing.”