First Steps Papatoetoe

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
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First Steps Papatoetoe, part of the BestStart family, is a vibrant quality childcare centre in an easy-to-reach Papatoetoe location. We are situated within an old villa-style day-care centre which helps us to provide a warm, welcoming home-away-from-home feel.

We aim to provide high quality early childhood care and education in our community. We have a wide range of different cultured teachers which helps us prevent language barriers. Families from all cultures feel comfortable with the daily routines and events which occur within our multi-cultural learning environment.

We have a Be School Ready initiative for all preschool children and currently work alongside Papatoetoe East School to develop a smooth transition between our centre programme and the school.

Our cook provides freshly cooked nutritious meals in line with the NZ Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart guidelines.

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 you 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:

  • A planned programme to engage children’s interests
  • Nutritious, delicious meals prepared on-site each day
  • Friendly and approachable staff
  • Individual portfolios for each child
  • Quality teacher ratios of 1:4 for under two’s and 1:8 for over two’s
  • Affordable rate, 20 ECE hours programme

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

Click below to read our latest centre stories

First Steps Papatoetoe celebrate Mums!


Vaisakhi Celebrations at First Steps Papatoetoe

Caterpillars to Chrysalis at First Steps Papatoetoe

Chinese New Year Celebrations at First Steps Papatoetoe


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.”