BestStart Montessori Kapiti

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Kia ora and welcome to BestStart Montessori Kapiti (formerly Montessori Kapiti) located in the beautiful township of Paraparaumu Beach. We offer all day care; short days of 7 hours or full days (8 Hours +), Monday to Friday from 7.30am – 6.00pm for children aged from 6 months to 6 years.

Our childcare centre has three rooms – Nido for our babies, Bambini for toddlers and Preschool for our 3-6year olds.

Our  Montessori environment allows children of all ages to mix or work separately depending on their needs. Children transition from one room to the next when they are socially and emotionally ready to grow. We work with the Healthy Heart Foundation to provide a healthy and nutritious vegetarian menu, including seasonal produce from our own garden.

“Montessori fosters children’s confidence and creativity, giving them the wings to become independent lifelong learners”.

Our aim as teachers is to guide your child on their journey to become confident lifelong learners and to provide them with the tools to learn independence and appreciate our special environment. We provide a lovely, calm, and aesthetically pleasing environment, beautiful materials which are designed to help your child to feel valued and respected, which they can then pass onto others. As a united teaching team, we respect your child and whānau. We quietly observe your child and work with you, so together we make the best decisions for your child’s development, this allows us to give your child the full potential to grow their wings.

Our Centre Philosophy

Peace and harmony is at the root of everything we do.

We believe our centre has a social mission to support the children to learn how to develop their emotional intelligence and interact in a confident and peaceful way with peers and adults while showing them ways they can be active citizens and contribute to their community.

To achieve this mission, we follow the philosophy of Maria Montessori within the New Zealand Early childhood Curriculum (Te Whāriki).

What you will notice at BestStart Montessori Kapiti

BestStart Montessori Kapiti is a unique environment where your child has time to explore and grow their wings of independence.

Our Montessori environment allows your child to develop a range of independent skills through:

  • Practical life activities: pouring, grating, peeling, buttoning, zipping which include everyday skills.
  • Sensory materials: a specific series of sensory materials that teaches  and will allow your child to explore with their 5 senses.
  • Rich oral language: opportunities through stories, games, songs and experiences.
  • Maths concepts: using specific materials including unique resources.
  • Cultural and Geography : by learning about our community, our country and the world around us, celebrating cultural events.
  • Science, Music and Art : these experiences are explored daily to further develop your child’s sensory and creative skills.
  • Physical wellbeing: is an important focus at Montessori Kapiti. Our teachers have the skills to teach and improve fundamental movement skills: providing yoga, obstacle courses, indoor and outdoor games, regular walks to help with road safety, body awareness and of course enjoy the beautiful environment we have here on the Kapiti Coast.


Read about what’s been happening in our centre:

Matariki rising

Visit Kapiti Retirement Trust at Seven Oaks

Green fingers

Malo e lelei


Father’s Day



Daffodil Day at Montessori Kapiti

A mystery at Montessori Kapiti



Dawn blessing