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:
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.
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Kotare Room - Children under 2
Aroha is reflected throughout our practice in Kotare room. Our Babies are loved and nurtured in a natural and peaceful environment. Our Babies are sensitively supported by our uniquely qualified and highly experienced staff. We provide the utmost care to our Pepe.
We offer an unhurried curriculum for our busy babies where they have time to explore and discover at their own pace. We work with families to make the transition to centre life a smooth and happy time, creating a strong bond and a setting that feels like family. We believe in building relationships with our babies, families, and our community through shared experiences and working together, which provides a sense of belonging, along with respect, safety and love, we offer a nurturing place for your child to foster daily development of infant minds and bodies. Our babies enjoy exploring heuristic baskets. These open-ended play and opportunities allow children to explore, learn, and develop in a completely natural way. natural resources create a safe and homely place to learn and grow. Our Pepe has the freedom to explore and unfold naturally. Babies feel very safe and secure in this beautiful environment. Our covered beautiful outdoor area provides children a safe and natural area to explore.
Kiwi Room - Children over 2
Our kiwi room sees dedicated staff working in partnership with families and children to develop programs to engage and support the development of every child. We pride ourselves on celebrating children’s milestones, learning journeys, and cultural heritage.
We take pride in providing an environment as a place that is welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, culturally representative of the community, embraces nature, and is filled with purposeful materials, that invite learning. , it is truly the third teacher. We provide open-ended resources such as loose parts to add to the complexity of play. children enjoy these unique resources which provide stimulation. By using Loose parts children enhance their creativity and help them extend their ideas and questions.
our Kiwi room children love doing science experiments. We provide an area where children can explore science and our little scientists are so eager to explore the world around them. Children are at a curious stage of life where they want to know everything about nature, technology, space, transport, and many other things about the world around them. We have an amazing team of trained and qualified teachers who facilitate a range of hands-on science experiences and experiments based on exploring the world around us with the tamariki.
We believe in instilling a love for learning in our children. our program is designed to foster a love for learning. our highly skilled teachers support children by providing “scaffolding” for learning. teachers engaged in play Watch for “teachable moments,” and be ready to help children develop new skills that build on existing skills.
The relationship is all that matters to us. we believe in working as whanau and we take pride in having a strong relationship with our children, whanau, and the wider community. Our strong community involvement is what makes us the center of choice. We have regular visits from our local librarian and emergency services people, rest home visits, participation in physical education programs, and parent evenings. We offer a Be School Ready initiative that specializes in preparing children for school life and covers literacy skills, numeracy skills, understanding the world, creativity, arts and music, sharing and relating to others, and physical and gross motor skills. We have received feedback from our families that this initiative ensures smoother transitions to school for our graduating pre-schoolers.
This room is dedicated to our Be School Ready program. We have strong links to primary school and we support children to become confident and we do seamless transitions to our local primary schools.
We value children’s individuality and their different cultural backgrounds. We believe children are active learners that learn best through role modeling, investigation, and observation. Kotuku Room provides children the freedom to explore and unfold naturally, as nature intended, in a secure environment that allows them to develop into confident, sociable, and competent young children ready for the challenges of life.
We offer children natural resources where children develop an appreciation and understanding of the natural world such as vegetable gardens, flower beds, plants, and fruit trees. we believe that natural resources are gifts from Papa-tu-a-nuku(mother earth. We provide hands-on experiences with natural materials which stimulate creativity and problem-solving skills. We have created an inclusive and inviting place for children.
We strive to meet all aspirations of our parents. Our passionate and dedicated teachers are professionally trained to design the Programme to meet the needs of all children.
Children are given the freedom to participate in a program that is safe and allows children to explore their different interests and challenge themselves. We also integrate numeracy and literacy skills through intentional teaching strategies to ensure children are well prepared for school. We feel parents play a vital role in the development of their children and welcome a collaborative partnership with all families.
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.
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.
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.
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