Our People

“It is very satisfying leading a team of such passionate and dedicated people as those at all levels of BestStart. Our people are the face and reputation of BestStart and our success depends on their individual and collective efforts, combining our talents, experience and expertise in a co-operative and positive manner to benefit each other, our children, parents and families.”
Wayne Wright Founder & CEO

Our PeopleTogether we:

  • Work towards achieving a common goal
  • Demonstrate our vision and values
  • Show commitment to providing excellence in education and care
  • Welcome diversity and the part it plays in creating innovation
  • Achieve positive results
  • Enjoy what we do

Our Centre Staffing

Teachers are employed for their love, knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to children. We pride ourselves on the quality of our staff and are committed to providing teachers with professional development opportunities that further develop their skills and knowledge. Most of our teaching staff hold early childhood education qualifications and participate in ongoing training to further grow their skills. All staff are police checked.
We have over 1,700 permanent teachers nationally. In addition we have a pool of approximately 200 casual (temporary) staff.

Over 90% of our permanent teaching staff are either fully qualified with a Diploma or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) or higher, or are in training. These figures are very high by national standards within the ECE sector. In addition, we provide a two year Advice and Guidance Programme for all recently graduated teachers so that mentoring and further training is provided post graduation; this supports teachers from provisional registration to full teacher registration with the NZ Teachers Council.

Our Management

BestStart has a small, close knit management team. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond quickly to opportunities and the need to adapt. We have a second tier management structure that offers support to centres and also professional development support.

In addition, BestStart employs experienced managers at each of its centres to ensure a high standard of care, attention and education is maintained at all times. We provide support from business managers and professional services managers. The business managers take responsibility for the overall accountability of a centre including family/whanau relationships and centre promotion.

The Professional Services team are responsible for ensuring that centres deliver a quality educational programme and that what the centres teach exceeds or meets the Government regulations. These people also support our teachers in professional development.