BestStart Macaulay Street

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

BestStart Macaulay Street (formerly Donald Duck Preschool and Nursery)is located in the heart of Addington. We are licenced for fifty children aged 2 – 5 years and ten children under two, and offer full-time, part-time and morning and afternoon sessions.  We have also introduced new 6 hour sessions for your convenience.

We are a strong multi-cultural centre that supports and celebrates the diversity of our families and teaching staff. Our Philosophy reflects the shared beliefs, values, visions, practices and identity of the Donald Duck community.

Our programme provides children with long periods of uninterrupted time to follow their interests, share ideas and develop friendships.

Teachers support and scaffold children’s learning and independence, encouraging Tuakana/Teina relationships where we see children as learners as well as leaders.

Our spacious preschool outdoor area provides ample space for running, co-operative games and many other physical challenges as well as providing opportunities for children to discover and explore.

The well being of infants and toddlers is actively promoted with responsive and consistent care giving supporting children’s needs for strong and secure attachments.

Teachers provide flexible routines that are responsive to the individual needs of the child and the preferences of parents.

What makes us different:

  • We have been part of the Addington Community for over 40 years
  • Teachers provide an environment that fosters warm and respectful relationships where children enjoy a sense of belonging and security
  • Separate nursery/preschool areas with grass and fruit trees
  • Large outdoor playground where children discover and explore

What else can you expect from our childcare centre:

  • Individual portfolios for each child
  • Morning and afternoon tea provided
  • Qualified, committed teachers who understand and respect the diversity within our community and bring a multitude of experiences, ideas and enthusiasm to our preschool
  • A planned programme that reflects children’s current interests and experiences

We’d love you and your family to join as at Donald Duck Preschool & Nursery, so feel free to call us for more information or drop by for a visit.

View our latest ERO report here


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 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.












We have a Healthy Heart Award!

For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!

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We have received the Whanau Healthy Heart Award from the NZ Heart Foundation and encourage healthy eating in our children

Check out our centre’s events and stories!

Pony Party


Visiting the Salvation Army



Parent Feedback:

“My children have been coming to Donald Duck Preschool for the past 8 years and its been a pleasure to watch them learn and grow with the support of all the teachers.  Our youngest will be off to school in about 6 months time and we are all going to miss Donald Duck, we have built amazing relationships with the staff over the years and it wont be the same not popping in every day.  I highly recommend this preschool to everyone.”

“On behalf of our family in Suva Fiji we wish to sincerely thank the teachers and staff of Donald Duck for our grandson’s preschool education.  Although our grandson will return to Fiji, Donald Duck has left a lasting impression on him and he has openly expressed how he will miss his school and friends. So Vinaka Vakalevu and thank you so much. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Storypark updates”.

“We would like to say Thank you with all our hearts! You made us feel so welcome, you made us feel good about ourselves, you made us feel happy! And that’s the best way to learn and grow! You girls are amazing. Thank you.”