BestStart Tory Street

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20 Hours Free for 2 year olds

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Welcome, Namaste, Ayubowan, Nei hau, Talofa

Welcome to our diverse centre, located in Wellington’s CBD. We provide education and childcare for 2 – 5 years old. At BestStart Tory Street, we love building relationships with our community and embrace the culture and incorporate it into our programme. We offer full days as well as morning and afternoon sessions.

Our Vision

We bring together children, whanau and teachers from the many cultures of our city, we learn, dream and celebrate together through the universal languages of discovery, music, dance, food, creativity and play.

We are a multicultural centre

We value your culture.  We will become familiar with your home language and greet you in this language.  The verbal and non-verbal communication of your child will be valued and respected. Your child will be involved in cultural celebrations such as Diwali, Chinese New Year, Matariki and many more.

Embracing the community

Your child will go on walks to Wellington City Library with their friends. We take part in Matariki celebrations at Te Papa through a cultural performance that you and your family will be invited to attend. Your child will also go on visits to the War Memorial, restaurants and shops where we explore imaginative play, numeracy, literacy.

Your child will have the opportunity to visit the transition class at Mt Cook School and Clayde Quay School to support them with this transition.

BestStart Tory Street is known for incorporating cultures into our programme. We provide a learning rich environment for individual children as well as focus on group interests.


Our environment is nurturing and caring so you can feel confident about your child’s surroundings as they learn. We invite you, your parents, grandparents, family and friends to visit your child anytime as well as on their special days that they spend at the centre. We are committed to working in partnership with families and communicate with you every day about your child while also developing our relationship with you.

 Our Philosophy

  • Our teaching practice is founded on the principles of te tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Collaborative, respectful relationships with tamariki, whanau and the community.
  • We believe in providing a learning rich environment that caters for individual learning needs is a priority.
  • Our environment is designed and organised in ways that foster interactions, explorations, curiosity and communication.
  • Children are empowered to be lifelong learners through all aspects of the curriculum

Our centre news and stories

Wearable Arts and Music Festival

Matariki 2018

Chinese New Year at Early Years Tory St

Waitangi Day at Early Years Tory St

Early Years Tory St explore their community through the Hauora Inititative

Christmas nativity

Bugs, bugs and more bugs

Diwali celebrations

Ask about our Be School Ready initiative

Have a look at our centre’s 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 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:

“The team of ladies have been more than great help with my son being new to early years it has been a hard road for him to adjust. They have been patient and he now looks forward to going. When I go to pick up my son I’m greeted in Maori which I find really good about that. They are very culturally aware, they have all nationalities there and teach the kids about the different cultures which is awesome.”

“The staff at Tory Street continue to provide a consistent approach to teaching and caring for our child. The centre has done really well at providing opportunities for parents/whanau to see what the children have been learning through wall/ceiling displays and also regular shows.”

“The centre is doing an excellent job. My daughter is progressing every day. The teachers are very supportive, helpful and warm and it is so nice to see the stories and see what our kids do when they are at their second home.”

“Staff are friendly and very good in maintaining communication and updating kids improvements to family. After sending my child to the centre he feels confident in English, he is learning the language very well there. Additionally my child is quiet and takes time to open up to new persons, but the staff made him so comfortable there that he loves to go.”

“Dear Shirley and all the other teachers in the centre. We want you to you know how grateful we are to have you all as Akithma’s teacher for the last two and a half years. Thank you for creating and environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing and room for making mistakes along the way for Akithma. We were happily looking at her growing as a knowledgeable, confident person. We are really happy that Akithma had the best teachers in her early childhood education. On the way home from school on her last day, Akithma said “Ohhh I am never going to see Sarah-Rose baby or Kyla growing up or Jess’ next cat book” I think that is more than enough to show that you are a second family to her”