First Steps Te Atatu

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

First Steps Te Atatu is a small family-orientated centre with warm and positive relationships with our children and families.  Our centre feels like a home away from home – we’re friendly and cosy and we provide children with wonderful rich learning experiences. We’re open Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 6.00pm. Our childcare centre cares for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

Whānau relationships are important to us as we believe it takes a village to raise a child.  Settling visits and a good transition helps children’s sense of belonging and we work with families to ensure every child is happy and secure. We work alongside whānau and welcome your involvement in the centre through our many events.  The teachers have many years of experience and design learning experiences for each child’s individual age and stage or development.

Infant Toddler Room

Our infant space is a warm, calm and nurturing environment where children develop naturally and in their own time. Guided by philosophies of respectful interaction and practice, the infants enjoy open ended play and opportunities to explore and discover.

Our specialised infant teachers provide daily sensory play which includes active movement, dance and music everyday as this supports brain development.

Children learn through self- help skills and as soon as they are ready, are supported to take care of themselves and their belongings through clearing their own plates/cups after meals, washing their own faces/hands, placing their own belongings in their bags.

Preschool Room

The preschool room at First Steps Te Atatu caters for children from 2 ½ to 5.  Our children gain skills, confidence and independence through active exploration so that they are ready for primary school.


Bicultural practice is valued within our centre and leads to the celebration of the many cultural identities represented by the teachers and whānau. Our children are given opportunities to know and share their whakapapa – who is in their family. Children’s sense of belonging is valued at First Steps Te Atatu. Our vision is for children to have the opportunity to participate in Te Reo, Te Ao Marama and Te Ao Māori. Come and find out what that means!!


Connected with the Community

Fostering a strong sense of community matters to the First Steps Te Atatu team. We support local organisations and involve our whānau in centre life as well, as our many events and celebrations. We like our children to have opportunities to be out and about in the community.


We also offer:

  • Competitive rates
  • Nutritious full menu
  • Caring, respectful, friendly and qualified educators
  • 20 ECE Hours
  • Child initiated and educational programmes
  • Family discounts with great service
  • A unique Be School Ready initiative


Read our centre’s latest ERO Report.


Our Stories:

BestStart’s Te Atatu centres host the Commonwealth Games

First Steps Te Atatu’s Children win Swimsation Best Costume



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 check out photos and comment on their activities. Click here for more information


Parent Feedback

“My daughter was filled with enthusiasm and activities which were designed to stimulate and cater for her personal interests, thus her development accelerated noticeably. The teachers taught her a diverse set of skills, constantly fed her imagination and encouraged her to try new things. She would come home each day very happy, full of life and desperate to share her new song of the day. The transition through to the pre-school room was made easily and here she continued to grow with new challenging activities, new friendships and new teachers to learn from. This centre has been hugely accommodating to our family needs and we have really appreciated their flexibility, understanding and open door policy. Thank you for all you have done, and for encouraging our daughter to happily and safely shine”