BestStart Parklands offers quality education and care in a purpose built centre, licensed for 50 children aged from 3 months to five years. We have large outdoor areas in both the preschool and nursery that provide plenty of space for the children to develop their gross motor skills in a natural environment.
Our friendly and homely centre has qualified and experienced teachers who believe in providing a respectful and fun environment and who are passionate about their teaching. We value parent/whanau involvement and we regularly provide social opportunities for you to stay and play.
We provide healthy morning and afternoon snacks which the children often help to make themselves which provides learning opportunities in maths, literacy, numeracy, turn taking and the opportunity to build and develop social skills. They also develop their knowledge of healthy and nutritious foods.
We are proud of our nursery room which is calm and follows the routines and interests of each individual child by responsive and skilled teachers. We have a shoe free policy in our Nursery which ensures that the children have a respectful, clean environment to explore in. Our nursery room is very flexible and we work with you to ensure your child’s routine at home is followed here also, creating a gentle transition into the new environment for your child. We strive to ensure that this transition into the nursery is smooth and easy going for you both. Together we organise visits so both you and your child can get to know the teachers before you start with us. The teachers all believe that nurturing children through respect and communication builds on children’s well-being and emotional development. We aim to provide a home away from home for you and your child. Our outdoor environment provides a covered spacious area for the children to explore their natural environment, with natural materials, provided through play experiences. We aim to provide an environment that will promote your child’s development and growth through fun and educational experiences and activities we do this by providing access to heuristic resources and wooden toys.
Our busy preschool room is spacious which allows our young children the freedom to explore and be challenged as we value children’s play and discovery. In the preschool room we have children from 2 years until school age, which is great as the older children love to help the younger children in the room and the younger children learn so much from their older peers.
We provide regular excursions to the local library, Parkview School, local park and the Parklands shopping centre. We have a strong relationship with Parkview school and we take children from the preschool over to the school on their school visits to support our families. We have access to the school’s library and we have relationships with all the new entrant teachers ensuring that the transition to school is smooth and enjoyable.
Our unique Be School Ready initiative is available for all children regardless of their age. Our teachers individualise our programme to suit each child and how they learn, ensuring all children develop the necessary skills and are prepared for starting school.
What makes us special:
- Qualified teachers providing quality care with excellent teacher child ratios
- Flexible routines that work around your child’s needs
- Large, spacious nursery environment for children to explore
- Exciting new large outdoor environment for both preschool and nursery aged children
- Excellent relationships with all our families, involved in the wider community regularly
- Storypark, online portfolio system
- Strong transition to school programme
Please feel free to call us to arrange an appointment the suits you to pop in and have a tour of our wonderful centre.
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.
Our centre stories:
“Our son has been attending ABC Parklands since he was 3.5 months old. We had complete comfort and confidence leaving him in the capable hands of the teachers knowing that they would work with our routines and beliefs. This has continued to be the case, he is now 18 months old and has really thrived at ABC Parklands. It’s like a home away from home for him, he’s made great friends and built trusting relationships with his teachers. We love that his teachers work with us to focus on any specific areas of development we are working on at home, and they encourage his interests as they develop by giving him as many opportunities to indulge in his favourite activities, whether it be water play, reading, music or something else. From the day we first visited the centre when I was pregnant we have felt at ease knowing that is where our son would be while we were at work.”
“From the very beginning, the ABC Parklands team put our minds at ease. The warm, nurturing and knowledgeable team left us feeling confident to entrust our little guy to them. He comes home listing the names of his friends, covered in sand and with a massive grin on his face. His smile is all we need to see to know the ABC team is doing an awesome job!”
“My children have been attending ABC Parklands for more than four years now and have really enjoyed it. I think they love the outdoor area the best and there is loads of room to run around and ride their bikes. I have always found the staff to be very professional and of a high standard.”
“I have been fortunate enough to have been associated with ABC Parklands throughout my son’s attendance and now my daughter Payton’s. During that time, I have had a wonderful relationship with the center. The team have not only taken a keen interest in the development and support of my family but also encourage the embedding of home life values for the children. Payton loves going to pre-school and when I asked her who her favorite teacher was, she preceded to rattle off everyone’s name with a big smile. I have comfort knowing when I leave my child at ABC Parklands, I know she is being well cared for.”
” My children have been attending ABC Parklands for more than four years and have really enjoyed it. I think the staff are wonderful”