First Steps Parnell

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Preschool spaces available now

First Steps Parnell, part of the BestStart family, offers short and long day options, giving your family greater flexibility and convenience. Our centrally located centre licensed for 42 children, cares for children from 3 months to 5 years. Our dedicated team of teachers are passionate about being a part of your child’s learning journey and will provide tailored learning programs that nurture your child’s individual needs and interests. With First Steps, your child will become a happy, confident learner.

First Steps Parnell is easily accessible from Auckland’s CBD, including motorways from all areas of Auckland and has designated parking for pickup and drop off.

We have two separate rooms in our centre. The Pukeko room cares for our infants and toddlers. They have their own separate area where they can safely and confidently explore and grow. In the Tui room, children from 2 to 5 years play and work together, experiencing activities that promote their development. We provide a Be School Ready initiative throughout the centre that focuses on the development of independence and confidence with children.

The children also have an outdoor area which provides an oasis of greenery within the CBD.

At First Steps Parnell, we:

  • Recognise families as the most important people in a child’s life.
  • Understand what’s important when you’re looking for childcare: a nurturing, stimulating, safe environment.
  • Employ educators who are passionate in their endeavour to support, empower, nurture and inspire children.
  • Quality teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on child responsive interactions
  • Provide a quality service to the community respecting all values and beliefs.
  • Provide three delicious, fresh homemade meals a day, prepared by our lovely cook which follows dietary and cultural requirements
  • Provide extracurricular activities like Playball and Twinkle Toes Dancing for extension of learning and development.

With these points in mind, you are ensured your child’s time with us creates a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Enrolling is easy. We encourage parents or carers to visit us and talk to our staff and get ‘the feel and ambiance’ when you walk into the centre.

You’ll be given a tour of the facilities to see the centre in action and learn from our staff how our services can benefit you and your family.


Click here to read our centre’s ERO report

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.
Click below to read about our centre’s latest stories

Red Nose Day at First Steps Parnell

Parent Feedback:

“A big thank you to every staff member at First Steps Parnell. This has been the best daycare centre for us in Auckland.” – September 2015

“Just want to say thanks again for last night, and what a wonderful night it was! I caught up with parents that I met at picnic last time, as well as teachers and parents from the under 2’s room whom I don’t see as often these days. It was a treat to have a lovely dinner served (and not having to do dishes!). It just had such a buzz and a close community feeling about it. As I got into the car, I looked back into the windows and saw the team clearing things away, no doubt everyone worked overtime to pull this together. Just want to say thanks to everyone, and I feel very lucky to be part of this community.”