First Steps Papamoa

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30 hours free

for 3 - 5 year olds
*conditions apply

First Steps Papamoa is a beautiful purpose built childcare centre that promotes education, adventure and friendship. We provide flexible morning, afternoon and full day sessions to meet the needs of your family.

Our qualified and experienced team of teachers are positive, caring, professional and enthusiastic . We provide a childcare environment that promotes children’s learning and development.

First Steps Papamoa has three inviting age and development specific rooms. These are the Hikurangi, Mangatawa and Kopukairoa rooms. We aim to provide warm, homely environments that support children to develop a strong sense of belonging where they know they will be nurtured and well cared for. All three rooms involve BestStart’s Be School Ready initiative into their programmes. As part of Be School Ready, we support transition to our local schools; Golden Sands, Papamoa Primary and Te Akau Ki Papamoa. We also have some children who transition to school further afield to; Arataki Primary, Tahati Coast and Omanu Primary.

First Steps Papamoa’s Rooms

The Hikurangi room is our infant and toddler room where your baby will be able to develop holistically under guidance of the Pickler Philosophy.

The Mangatawa room is our toddler and early pre-school room where there is a great deal of focus on developing greater independence, confidence, communication and social skills.

The Kopukairoa room is our pre-school room where our older children have the opportunity to engage in projects. This leads to investigations that prompt problem solving, teamwork and complex thinking.



Gold Award Healthy Heart Food Provided

At First Steps Papamoa we provide nutritious, healthy meals including morning tea, cooked lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack prepared by our centre cook.

We are proud to have acheived a Gold Healthy Heart Award.



First Steps Papamoa’s Extra-Curricular Activities

At First Steps Papamoa childcare centre we offer Playball sessions on Tuesday afternoons taken by two coaches who come in with a variety of sports equipment. On Fridays we take a group of children to swimming lessons at Bartletts Swims school in Papamoa. We also have the Library bus visit us fortnightly




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.


What else you can expect from our childcare centre:

  • Nutritional, healthy heart approved meals
  • Individual planning for children to support their learning and development
  • Friendly and approachable staff
  • Quality teacher ratios of 1:4 for under two’s and 1:8 for over two’s
  • Extracurricular activities such as Playball and swimming where your child can enrol into professional classes (extra cost applies)

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Click the stories below to see the latetst news from First Steps Papamoa:

Blue Bear visit’s First Steps Papamoa

First Steps Papamoa welcome the Chinese New Year in RED

First Steps Papamoa share their success

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at First Steps Papamoa

First Steps Papamoa makes the front page of The Chronicle again

First Steps Papamoa celebrate their Gold Healthy Heart Award

First Steps Papamoa featured in the Chronicle

Raffle at First Steps Papamoa

First Steps Papamoa plant their Harakeke

First Steps Papamoa’s working bee

First Steps Papamoa featured in The Chronicle




The SunSmart Centre Accreditation programme provides Cancer Society approved guidelines on how to make centres a safe place for children and the centre’s community.

Being a SunSmart accredited centre shows that our centres:

  • are committed to protecting children, staff and parents from the risks of UV radiation
  • are raising awareness about the importance of skin protection among parents and children
  • promote the centres within the community as one that is committed to the health of its children
  • have a sun protection policy that follows the Cancer Society minimum criteria
  • promote and support positive sun protection behaviours such as hat wearing
  • are developing and maintaining a sunsafe environment

“To the beautiful ladies at First Steps Papamoa, you made my sons feel welcomed and at home everyday I dropped them off and we’re so thankful for that! Beautiful teachers who care and lovely children! Thank you”

“Amazing Preschool! He loved it here. So easy dropping my boys off as I know they will be well cared for. Teachers are nothing less than amazing.”

” We have nothing but praise for the teachers & staff at First Steps Papamoa. Sammie has been a part of First Steps since she was 13 months old so shes’s learnt to walk, talk etc there. We will miss you all”