First Steps Papatoetoe

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20 Hours Free for 2 year olds!

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First Steps Papatoetoe is a vibrant education and childcare centre in an easy-to-reach Papatoetoe location on Great South Road. We are situated in a villa which helps to create a home-away-from home feeling. We value our community and their beautiful diverse cultures. We have formed trusting relationships with our families and they have a great sense of belonging within our centre. We work with our multicultural families on daily routines and events within our learning environment. We have two rooms, Harakeke and Toetoe, offering specialised care and education as children children grow and develop.

Harakeke room

Our Harakeke room cares for children up to three years old. It provides a relaxed home-away-from-home environment for our infants and toddlers. Our experienced teachers ensure our youngest children receive personalised care and attention to explore the world around them. Our Toetoe room provide many opportunities for infants and toddlers to learn and develop their skills to become confident and capable individuals.

Toetoe room

Our Toetoe room caters for children between the ages of three to five years old. Here we offer child-centered, play-based curriculum where our experienced teachers help identify children’s dispositions and provide appropriate experiences to support them to become competent, caring and confident individuals. Our Be School Ready initiative helps build children’s early literacy and numeracy skills which are embedded throughout the centre environment. We provide the Be School Ready initiative for all preschool children and are currently working alongside Papatoetoe East, Papatoetoe Central, Papatoetoe West and Puhinui Primary schools to develop a smooth transition between our centre programme and the schools.

We also offer:

  • Child initiated learning programme
  • We provide freshly cooked nutritious meals prepared on-site in line
  • Friendly and approachable staff
  • Low teacher-child ratio
  • Affordable rates, 20 ECE hours
  • Positive behavior guidance
  • Acknowledgment of all cultural celebrations
  • Mighty Mouth Tooth Brushing programme
  • Storypark e-portfolios
  • Individual learning portfolios
  • Be School Ready initiative

 We have an open door policy and encourage all our families to join us to play a part in teaching our next generation. We look forward to meeting you soon!



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 see what your child is doing while you are at work, share about their home life, share your child’s day with family and friends even in other parts o the world, follow your child’s learning journey, read their leaning stories and have conversation with the teachers. Click here for more information


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

Parent Feeback:

My princess just graduated from daycare 😭😍. Thank you to the staff at First Step Papatoetoe for everything you have done for my princess and for myself as well. I wouldn’t have been able to get through these last 5 years without your love and guidance. You have all become family to us. We have made lifelong friends with the parents and children there and we will miss you dearly but will definitely keep in touch especially with our little monster siua still there 😂. Next stop: Holy cross primary school.

Our stories:

Creating our nature corner

Bringing Nature Indoors

Matariki Celebrations

Day out at MOTAT

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Learning about machinery

To the rescue at First Step Papatoetoe

School time for First Steps Papatoetoe

Bubble blues

First Steps Papatoetoe Waitangi connections

First Steps Papatoetoe’s room naming celebration

Diwali celebrations



Father’s Day Celebration


Getting behind Daffodil Day

Rainy day fun


First Steps Papatoetoe Celebrate!

Visiting the Marae

Butterfly Creek fun

Celebrating Mums!


Vaisakhi Celebrations

Caterpillars to Chrysalis

Chinese New Year Celebrations


First Steps Papatoetoe goes on a zoo trip!
Mothers’ Day at First Steps Papatoetoe
The living world at First Steps Papatoetoe
First Steps Papatoetoe makes natural discoveries!
All Black Charles Piutau visit to First Steps Papatoetoe

NZ Police Visit at First Steps Papatoetoe

Olympics 2016 at First Steps Papatoetoe

First Steps Papatoetoe Celebrates Fathers Day

Transportation, People and Places Focus at First Steps Papatoetoe

First Steps Papatoetoe’s Olympic Games

Halloween celebrations at First Steps Papatoetoe

Diwali at First Steps Papatoetoe

First Steps Papatoetoe Celebrates Holi- Indian Festival of Colours

Parent Feedback:

“Kia ora everyone at First Steps Papatoetoe, On behalf of myself and my whanau I would like to thank and acknowledge the staff at First Steps Papatoetoe for their unconditional caring, loving and enduring support to all our tamariki/whanau.”

As a Father to Te Maia-a-rangi I feel your Centre has a warm, safe and welcoming presence. As a Māori, that is the key fundamental for my child’s well-being, spiritual wellness. Without it we as Māori cannot function in this world. I also see and feel an understanding and appreciation of the Treaty of Waitangi, biculturalism, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori within your ECE Centre. Where the staff support and encourage the learning of Māori children and the involvement of Māori parents.”