First Steps Railway Road

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20 hours ECE for 3-5 year olds
*Conditions apply

First Steps Railway Road is a distinctly unique early childhood centre, set amongst a rural background away from the busy city centre, yet practically located between Fielding and Palmerston North. We welcome children and families of all communities and have an open door policy, allowing parents and whanau to spend time with their child in their centre setting at any time. We are a centre of excellence, acknowledged within the community by our Trustmark Awards and Gold Healthy Heart Award. We have maintained strong connections with local community groups, which adds further quality and enrichment to our programme.

For Babies

Our Baby room is an environment set up to be a ‘home away from home’, with stimulating play areas and quiet spaces. Our babies are supported to learn and develop at their own pace. Each child is valued as an individual. We value relationships and open communication and welcome parent/whanau feedback and contribution. We pride ourselves on knowing each child well. This enables us to provide a learning environment which is safe, supportive, fun, challenging and interesting, coupled with the right amount of nurturing, guidance and teaching from our team of qualified, caring and dedicated teachers.

For Toddlers

Our children are hugely supported and nurtured during their transition process to the toddlers room to ensure their sense of turangawaewae (belonging) and mana (pride) are upheld at all times. Our Toddlers are introduced to a more challenging, yet achievable, outdoor environment, supported and guided by their teachers as they develop confidence and courage to pursue their play independently. Both Toddlers and Preschool children are involved in local excursions on a weekly basis, planned in response to the children’s interests. These rooms are very closely connected, allowing for both age groups the ability to interact outdoors together, while their age appropriate programme is available indoors.

For Pre-Schoolers

Our pre-school room has a close relationship with local schools, with our graduated children returning for visits and regular excursions to local primary school classrooms. The interests of the pre-school children are extensively responded to, and our curriculum is continuously evolving to meet the diverse and complex learning needs and interests of our children. The Pre-school room is fully equipped to enable children to engage in a range of literacy and numeracy experiences, where they develop a love of learning for numbers, text, language and symbols in a meaningful and fun context.

Ask us about our Be School Ready initiative

What else you can expect from our childcare centre:

• 20 ECE programme
• Nutritional meals cooked on site daily
• Stimulating natural outdoor environment
• Quality teacher to child ratios 1:4 under 2 and 1:8 over 2
• Qualified experienced teachers
• Learning areas for each age
• Individual Portfolios
• Edible garden grown by children
• Planning that reflects children’s interests

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.

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

Check out our centre’s latest stories and events

Pipes and Play at First Steps Railway Road

Bike-a-thon at First Steps Railway Road

Chinese New Year at First Steps Railway Road

Sol’s Story

First Steps Railway Feature Artwork In Gallery


First Steps Railway Road hold all 3 Trustmark Awards for excellence in the categories of:
Quality Teaching
Working with Others
Leadership and Management

We have a Gold Healthy Heart Award. Click here to read more


Parent Feedback:

“First Steps Railway Road has provided a stable and caring environment for our children over the last 6 years. The teacher’s ability to engage our children, using their identified areas of interest, has developed a positive learning foundation. Tessa and Aime will always remember the team at First Steps for their caring nature and Phil and I will always remember your professionalism. Special thanks to Aime’s teachers, especially whilst in the babies room for maintaining her health needs so we have been able to work without worry.”

“To my First Steps Family, Your name says it all, you have watched me fall, and have helped me get back up, like a superhero ready for his closeup! From tantrums to laughter, you have made my life brighter. It’s time for me to spread my wings, fly to new heights and learn new things. Your patience and kindness, make me trust you with me Princess. My sister will love you too, since this is now goodbye, a hug from me to you” 

“With the attention to detail, passion and pure love you all have to the children in your care, Lewis is now 5 and on his next journey. We truly appreciate your support, friendship, advice and taking the task of keeping Lewis safe at the forefront. Because of all of you, Lewis has become a keen, happy school boy.”

“Our child is thriving and coming along leaps and bounds. The staff are very caring and understanding of our child’s needs. We have seen our child’s independence and creativity flourish due to the activities and support provided by the staff at the centre.”

“My 5 year old has been at the centre since she was 10 months old. The level of care and education she received from Kay, Tracey and every single staff member has been exceptional. The teachers provide a loving and caring environment which has helped in guiding my daughter into becoming such a happy confident 5 year old who is transitioning well into school” 

“My 1 year old who started attending the centre 6 months ago, has issues with eczema and food intolerances. We have been through months of trying to indentify what is causing it and with the great communication, trust and support of Kay, Tracey and all the amazing teachers in the babies room we have been able to work through this”

“The trust and respect I have for each and every one of the teachers here has allowed me to go to work each day knowing my babies are in the best hands”