BestStart Manukau

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We provide care for and work with families from a multicultural, diverse community. Our center is surrounded by beautiful trees and a beautiful garden which provides a peaceful place for children to explore nature.

Where culture comes to life

If you are looking for a quality childcare centre that will work with you and your child to reach their full potential visit BestStart Manukau today and see how your child could thrive. 

Our Philosophy is based on the four principles of Te Whāriki our Early Childhood curriculum which guides our practice and is underpinned by Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

The following values guide our practice:

  • Aroha/Love
  • Respect/Manaakitanga,
  • Empowerment/whakamana
  • Relationships/whanaungatanga

We care for children aged from 3 months up until they go to school. We provide full-day sessions from Monday to Friday.  Nutritious, freshly cooked meals are also provided.

We were recognized this year by Reader's Digest readers, who awarded us the Gold Quality Service award. 

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (09) 250 2658 / You might be eligible for support in paying childcare fees. For more information click here

Kotare Room - Children under 2

Kiwi Room - Children over 2

Kotuku Room

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Quality Service Award 2023

kind words from our parents


Staff are always welcoming and friendly. My child knows them all by name, like they’re family. A real warm inviting atmosphere.


My child has been at EduKids Manukau for two years now, and his biggest achievement is his wide vocabulary. He loves his teachers and I too have the upmost respect for them.


We noticed a huge difference with regards to my childs learning, behaviour and social skills and she still talks about everyone she has met there.We believe she will benefit hugely from the time she has spent in your facility look forward to her using what she has learnt when she begins school. Just wanted you to know that we do appreciate the great work that you all do for our young ones.

Chris Roberts

A heart filled with gratitude as we say a huge thank you to you and all the other teachers and helpers of BestStart Manukau- you have been the best influence and support to our little baby who under your guidance has grown into a little young girl. God bless and thank you once again! This app has been a blessing for us to be able to be a part of Maya’s growth & journey. Thank you for always sharing so promptly and adding photos so we can see all of what was being taught and how Maya was enjoying it.

Christina Roberts

Hi everyone, you always surprise us with wonderful articles encapsulating Maya’s journey at BestStart Manukau. Thanks Selvyn and each and every teacher, admin staff, and the Management of this lovely institution for guiding, training, and teaching Maya from her cradle to the little grown-up that she is today. Venturing out to primary school. Time has flown and you’ll have played a major n important role in her life. This foundation will carry her forward in great stead. Can’t thank you’ll enough. Indeed the app has been a blessing to us to watch our angel grow into this little flower from a bud. We viewed all the pics and read all the articles, from time to time, in awe of your excellent standards of teaching. God bless u all abundantly, and I am sure these memories will be etched in Maya’s mind n heart. Good luck to the Team at BestStart.


Set for School Transition visits

We have new resources, and our teachers are bringing in more play-based ideas to help prepare them for school.

Exploration and Learning through the 16 Areas of Play

Children are really enjoying the opportunity to think creatively and take their imagination in different directions through open-ended learning.

Waitangi Day at BestStart Manukau

We celebrated this special event with our tamariki by doing a range of activities that helped them to recognize and value their own culture as well as to learn about the Maori culture and history.