TopKids Pukuatua

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20 Hours Free for 2 year olds

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TopKids Pukuatua, part of the BestStart family, is a purpose built childcare centre for children from 3 months to 5 years. We are close to several primary schools in the area, and work with them to ease children’s transition to school.

At TopKids Pukuatua, we acknowledge and support children’s individual learning, and recognise the importance of cultural values, language and customs. We encourage and foster the development of partnerships with parents and appreciate that they are a vital part of the learning process.

We have three separate rooms – 3 months to 18 months (Whare Kakano) Babies, 18 months to 3.5 Years (Te Tipu) Toddlers, and 3.5 to 6 in the Preschool room (Totara).

We aim to provide an environment where children can experience every opportunity to enhance their learning and development through encouraging and questioning, scaffolding and extending, fostering of Tuakana/Teina (older/younger) relationships and positive guidance.

We also believe that children learn best through play and when they engage in experiences they are interested in. We value the importance of discovery, creativity and exploration. Our programme not only supports your child in their learning but extends their interests based on Te Whariki, our early childhood curriculum.


What else you can expect from our childcare centre:

  • A planned programme that reflects children’s current interests
  • We have a Healthy Heart award with all meals prepared on site daily
  • Friendly Staff
  • Individual portfolios for each child and Story park
  • High quality teachers and teaching ratios of 1:4 for under two’s and 1:8 for over two’s
  • Affordable rates, 30 ECE hours programme
  • Large outdoor area
  • BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative
  • Regular transition visits to school and swimming excursions
  • Daily van pickup available (For parents without access to transportation)

We have an open door policy, which means that parents are welcome to visit the centre at any time during our operating hours of 7:30am to 5:30pm.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our centre. Nau mai, haere mai.




We have a Healthy Heart Award!

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

Web Healthy Heart




Click below to read our centre’s latest stories:

Exploring Redwoods

Busy Babies Out In The Community

Bubbles and Fun

TopKids Pukuatua Visit Te Reo Wainene o Tua

Topkids Pukuatua enjoys sharing another culture

Muffin Baking Parent Workshop at TopKids Pukuatua

Parent Workshop at TopKids Pukuatua

Blue Bear Fun Day

St Patricks Day

The Dental Caravan pay a visit to Topkids Pukuatua

TopKids Pukuatua make dumplings

Celebrating the year of the dog at TopKids Pukuatua

TopKids Pukuatua’s Bunny Surprise

TopKids Pukuatua New Pepe Room

The Wonky Donkey Man visit TopKids Pukuatua

TopKids Pukuatua win a prize

Dental Nurse Visits TopKids Pukuatua

New additions to the TopKids Pukuatua Team

Puppet Show at TopKids Pukuatua

Car Boot Sale at TopKids Pukuatua

Operation Christmas Child at TopKids Pukuatua

Diwali at TopKids Pukuatua

Rotorua Ekiden 2017

Swimming at TopKids Pukuatua

TopKids Pukuatua celebrate Te Reo Maori Week

Cook Island Language Week at TopKids Pukuatua

TopKids Pukuatua visit Bunnings

Matariki Puppet Show at TopKids Pukuatua

TopKids Pukuatua celebrates Random Act of Kindness Day

TopKids Pukuatua and Community Kindy Waikite Valley Ninjas

Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea at TopKids Pukuatua

Sunshine Day at TopKids Pukuatua

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 wherever you are in the world 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.

Parent Feedback:

“Fabulous” always greeted at the door, very child focused. Staff always engaging and friendly.”

“TopKids Pukuatua, Thank you for all the kindness, care and attention you have all shown Sam over the last four years which has helped shape him ready for his next journey.”

“Hamish does have amazing language and a wonderful zest for life which TopKids have helped to grow as he has grown. Hamish has been exposed to different situations and learning experiences at TopKids that have helped shape this young confident boy who is now looking forward to the next step in life – school. TopKids staff are great at recognising an interest a child has and helping the child develop and learn with encouragement through their learning stories to research about the interest. I feel Hamish is in an excellent position to start school. He can write his name with confidence, as well as sit and focus on a particular task.”

“I would like to express my gratitude for the outstanding work Lesley and her staff do each day. From the interesting and diverse activities to the wealth of knowledge easily given by the multicultural staff we believe our children have benefited by their well thought out programmes and resources.”