BestStart North Road

Tuakana Teina Drum
Bug Hotel
Poi Baby
Olympic medals
Discovery programme
BestStart North Road sits at the heart of the Waikiwi and Grasmere communities. We are guided by whanaungatanga, building and maintaining relationships with our community and local businesses – we partner with them whenever we can. Our team foster the diverse needs of each individual family and get to know their stories.

Our Vision: Explore, Discover, Learn

At our amazing centre we cater to children aged 3 months to 5 years old, and place our children at the heart of everything we do and they are a central part of our local community.

Tuatara Room (Nursery)

In our natural, safe and nurturing Tuatara Room we support children’s flexible routines, ensuring we provide consistency between home and centre throughout their day. We empower our tamariki through quality interactions promoting integrity and confidence. We are guided by the principle whanaungatanga by growing and maintaining strong relationships with our whanau, our tamariki and our community. We support an open door policy, encouraging whanau to engage in open, honest communication allowing a great sense of belonging. Tamariki are supported to freely explore, to text their limits and boundaries within our stimulating learning environment. We love getting out into the community, exploring our local area and the world around us. 

Paihamu Room (Preschool)

The Paihamu Room is driven by project planning creating a sense of wonder and curiosity in their natural, social, living and material worlds. Kaiako guide tamariki between interdepend and independent building confidence and competence forming self help skills, caring for their environment and others. What is unique to our room? We have a wide variety of animals which allow our tamariki the opportunity to experience nurturing and taking care of our animals, feeding them, supporting Kaiako to clean them and of course learning ako about all our animals and how to take care of them! 

Pukeko Room (Prep Room)

In the Pukeko room we acknowledge and believe that young children learn through the relationships they experience with people, places and things in their world, which builds a solid foundation for future learning. Kaiako value both planned and spontaneous learning through projects, inquiry and making connections with the wider world. We offer a ‘nature discovery’ program that make a regular excursions to Thompson’s Bush, this gives tamariki the opportunity to become confident learners and explorers of the natural environment. Explore Discover Learn.

What you can expect from our centre:

  • A robust learning environment that reflects our local curriculum
  • Learning focus partnership with our whanau
  • Animals in our classrooms teaching children how to be nurturing and caring
  • Big outdoor spaces allowing for hands on exploring and discovering
  • An open door policy which includes bringing the community into our centre and getting out into the community regularly
  • Healthy nutritious cooked lunches (we have the gold healthy heart award) 

We would love to meet you and your whanau - come in and meet Sunny and the team! 

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (03) 215 8374 /  northroad@best-start.orgYou might be eligible for support paying their childcare fees. For more information click here

Video Gallery

Video newsletter
Our Germ Show
Centre snapshot
North Road Art Exhibition
Winter Wonderland Disco
PJ Day!
Quality Service Award 2023

kind words from our parents


What a great centre. The staff are friendly and know exactly what my child’s needs are. My children are extremely excited to come every day (and sometimes don’t want to leave). Great to see all staff and children happy. Great having parents input on the cooked meals once a week – it has been great to have this offered. As the teachers say ‘Ka Pai’ BestStart North Road for running such a great centre.

Bex Maxwell

The centre is a warm, bright, welcoming environment for the children to come to. The classrooms are full of the children’s artwork, things to do and a lot of different animals that the children help take care of. As a parent, the educator’s are friendly and very approachable. I know I can speak with them at anytime if I need to. I feel they understand and know my child very well. They adapted to her needs and interests to provide an environment where she can thrive.


The teachers are super friendly and approachable. All the teachers, not just the ones in my child’s room seem to know about my child and his development. There is a large sense of aroha in the centre. My child is always happy to attend centre, and is always doing new and exciting activities that challenge his development. We absolutely love BestStart North Road 😊


Love all the staff there and the bonds they build with the children, great communication, always happy to help. Always have plenty for the kids to do and the amount they learn is incredible. Very grateful for you guys, thanks heaps.


We love BestStart, all the teachers are kind and caring. We feel very welcome every day we enter the centre.


BestStart is an amazing experience for both parents and children. From the very first day until the day they are ready for school, BestStart is exactly the best start any parent could hope for, for their children's start to education.


Staff go above and beyond, sending photos and letting us know how he's getting on. Always friendly and welcoming and I know I'm leaving my son in good hands.