At BestStart Kaikohe, formerly known as ABC Kaikohe, we provide a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment for whanau and tamariki. We pride ourselves on the quality and experience of all our staff, and our new and inviting purpose built centre.
Our children are separated into three age and development appropriate rooms; He Taonga, He Pounamu, and Hei Tiki.
He Taonga – infants up to 2 years old
Our infant room nurtures and cares for children from 3 months to 2 year old. We have a beautiful safe environment, which is well equipped with age appropriate resources. Staff encourage parents and whanau to participate in the centre. Communication is essential; each child has a ‘Pepi Diary’ where daily information is recorded by educators and parents.
He Pounamu – toddlers 2-3 years old
Our toddler room, for toddlers up to three years old promotes learning opportunities for children to have fun as well as develop social skills and self-help skills. Teachers lead a programme based on inquiry, where tamariki are encouraged to investigate and research. Excursions into the community are prearranged; a favorite is to the local library. Themed days are often initiated by the children and are embraced by the entire community. Our teachers promote and respond to opportunities to explore sustainability, role play, dramatic play, creativity, art, dance and movement.
Hei Tiki – Preschool from 3 years
In the pre-school room children are given opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy. We provide BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative ensuring that children are best prepared for the transition to school. Once a week, children experience ‘Lunch Box Day’ to promote school readiness. Parent participation is encouraged and welcomed in our community. Our unique initiative has been developed to ensure that children leave the centre as confident, capable learners and prepared for the next step in their education journey.
If you wish to learn more, please do not hesitate to stop in get a tour of the centre and meet our amazing team.
We have a Bronze Healthy Heart Award! Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Award.
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 of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information.
“I enjoyed the experience I have had with ABC Kaikohe. The staff are welcoming and kind, and also focus on the quality of education. Children learn about respect towards others/caring, appreciate each other. My son has made a lot of friends.”