BestStart Totara Street

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Sessions for 3 - 5 year olds
*Conditions apply

ERO has rated TopKids Totara Street in the top 7% of NZ childcare centres providing positive learning outcomes for children.

BestStart Totara Street (formally TopKids Totara Street) is located in the business area of Totara Park. We are just a stones throw away from Taupo bungy and Spa Park. Our centre caters for children from the ages of 3 months until they are ready for their next journey at school.

Infants (3 months – 1 years old) – We provide a secure space for our under one tamariki. We have implemented the free movement philosophy as this is something we feel strongly about as we believe children will meet their development milestones in their own time.

Toddlers (1 years – 3 years) – We recognise that there are many milestones happening for tamariki during this age and have implemented a programme that supports them to develop at their own pace. We have created individual plans to support our tamariki to ensure the best possible learning outcomes are occurring for them. This includes working in partnership with parents and whanau, developing complexity to support their transition to the pre-school environment.

Pre-school (3 years – going to school) – We recognise that tamariki learn through play, and support their development and learning by implementing intentional teaching. Our Be School Ready initiative ensures our children are surrounded by literacy and numeracy in all areas of their play so they are ready for life long learning.

Our teaching team is full of experienced, passionate teachers who thrive on supporting tamariki to achieve milestones and develop in all areas of their lives. We believe teaching is a vocation and all of our teachers have followed their calling to work alongside our tamariki.

Feel free to come in for a visit and meet our lovely staff!

Nau mai, haere mai.
What else you can expect from our childcare centre:
– Delicious, nutritious meals prepared on site
– Individual portfolios that capture your child’s interests and development
– Friendly and approachable staff
– Regular fun day events for staff and children
– Parent and family evenings and events
– Affordable rates, 20 ECE hours programme
Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report


Healthy heart awards gold

We have our Gold Healthy Heart Award!

Our centres stories:

Cooking With Adrian

A New Bike For TopKids Totara

We Have Our Gold Healthy Heart Award!!

Mid winter disco at Topkids Totara

Discovery at Topkids Totara

Smoothies For Morning Tea


Playing With Pulleys


Whanau Feast to celebrate Matariki

Cruise to the Mine Bay Rock Carvings

Splat Art


Swimming Club

Fort Building

Bike Day

Whanau Breakfast

Men’s Night

Animal Dress Up Day

Celebrating Chinese culture

Helping raise awareness for Autism

Under the sea experience

Fundraising for Plunket

Car Wash at TopKids Totara

Under Construction at TopKids Totara

Outdoor fun at TopKids Totara

Tina visits TopKids Totara

Celebrating Chinese New Year at TopKids Totara

Celebrating 10 years at TopKids Totara


This is how we cool down

Get dancing

Merry Christmas

Molly comes to visit us

Big Rig

Bringing outside in

We are sunsmart here

Ruben the Road Safety Bear visits

Halloween Fun

Cath from Kids Bike Taupo

2017 Tuwharetoa Festival

Getting green fingers

Fabulous cook

Celebrating that special person

A fun egg-perience at TopKids Totara

Face Painting Fun at TopKids Totara

TopKids Totara’s mid winter disco

TopKids Totara learn about Dental Care

TopKids Totara – Special lady

TopKids Totara – What great fun

TopKids Totara – Celebrating Matariki

TopKids Totara – Strengthen our ties with the community

TopKids Totara C.A.R.E

TopKids Totara Number Hunting!

TopKids Totara investigate wheat

We have a Healthy Heart Award!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!

Web Healthy Heart

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:

“Just wanted to share a quick thank you, we are loving the new Storypark, it’s awesome seeing some of the updates of what my son is getting up to. He’s loving his new full time hours and we appreciate all you have done and are doing for us.”

“The staff knew and know our kids abilities and strengths and used these to develop their learning in such fun ways! Our kids were always happy to go to in the morning and always full of stories at home time. It meant a lot that the teachers took and take an interest in their lives at home and bring these into the centre to create a real sense of belonging for our kids. The teachers at TopKids Totara have formed relationships with our kids that even when they leave they still have a sense of belonging of the TopKids family as it was a big part of their lives.”