BestStart Omokoroa

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BestStart Omokoroa is a wonderful early learning centre open all year round with the latest resources designed to engage and enhance learning in our local children. We support individual learning and development at every age in our three learning spaces.

Whakamana Whakatipu - Empowerment for Growth

Children learn best through meaningful play experiences, either child-initiated, or teacher-led and our curriculum is based on this. The individual culture and identity of every child is an integral part of learning and development here at BestStart Omokoroa.

As teachers our role is to nurture, empower and love our tamariki. We honour all that they are, embracing each child’s unique strengths and helping them to grow and develop a lifelong love of learning.  We teach from the heart with kindness and respect, supporting the diverse needs and aspirations of our parents and whānau.

Open-ended learning - We have created open and inviting classrooms which have lots of space for tamariki to work, construct, collaborate and create together. Our learning environment is influenced by a loose parts approach which means we have a range of fluid materials, either natural or recycled, available for tamariki to use for a range of purposes. This encourages open-ended, collaborative play and exploration. These resources extend children’s communication, thinking, imagination, problem solving and creativity. This encourages play that is respectful, imaginative and without boundaries. Kaiako also create displays to draw attention and capture the curiosity of our tamariki ma.

Learning through play - Children have uninterrupted play which is supported and scaffolded by our teaching team throughout the day. Play empowers tamariki to be curious and creative, express themselves, conquer challenges, make sense of the world and recreate their experiences. Play is a fundamental vehicle for learning which enables children to develop their cognitive, socio-emotional and physical skills that will set them on a path of lifelong learning.

Respect - We value the individual culture and identity of each child and this forms an integral part of their learning and development. The role of our teachers is to teach from the heart with kindness and respect, supporting the values and diverse needs of our families. We see our tamariki as precious taonga and believe it is essential to create a respectful environment that is led with love.  We foster a culture of kindness, joyfulness and caring for ourselves, each other and our environment. Through aroha we provide a responsive and consistent environment where children feel safe, recognised as individuals and empowered.

Inclusive – Every culture and identity matters to us. We celebrate diversity and support the cultural differences within our centre and our wider learning community.  Embracing diversity allows our children to learn from each other. It is important to us that our children and families have a strong sense of belonging here at BestStart Omokoroa.

Our learning spaces – we have different classrooms to best cater for the needs of children as the grow.

  • Piwakawaka / Tauhou Room is for children aged 3 months to 2 years. The way we work with our infants is focused on responsive care and developing collaborative partnerships with parents and whanau.
  • Kotare Room is for children from 2 to 3 years old. Our toddlers are supported by a responsive, flexible environment which meets their changing needs and fosters independence and security.
  • Tui Room is for 3 to 4 year olds and Kuaka Room for 4 - 5 year olds. Our young tamariki are supported by Be School Ready initiatives to empower them to become lifelong learners. Our Be School Ready initiative encourages children to use their developing self-help skills and provides a range of opportunities to extend their independence. This is incorporated into everyday activities, to support each step of their learning journey.

Communication - Every child’s learning journey and milestones are captured and shared through one-on-one communication and our online learning portfolios on Storypark. Each child has their own learning journal which is intended for them to revisit their learning. It is a precious record of their artwork, culture and identity, magic moments and learning stories. 

Flexible and convenient - We offer a range of part-time and full-day childcare options to suit the needs of our community. We're open weekdays from 7.30 to 5.30, right through the year - only closing for public holidays

We would love to meet you and your family so pop in, give us a call or email us any time.

Video Gallery

Wheels Wednesday!
Celebrating our 1st birthday
Singing together in lockdown
Belonging
Kuaka video
Water Play Day

kind words from our parents

Sadie's Mum

Our daughter Sadie is 2 years old and started in the Kotare room in June, this was her first experience of attending any form of daycare or being left with other people who aren’t our family. She was a bit hesitant at first but she loves ‘her school’ now. She talks about her friends and her teachers constantly. The teachers are so lovely and have made us totally feel at ease when we leave her there. She does so many cool activities each time she attends and I loves playing on the playground outside.

Parent

It was quite a big decision for us to move our 3 year old son to a new centre, when he was happy at his previous centre, and to choose a centre for our 6month old to start at. However, we are so happy we chose to enroll them at Beststart Omokoroa. They both settled in really fast and love arriving at the centre. This has made going back to work after maternity leave so much easier for me.The staff are all so friendly and our whole family is always made to feel really welcome. The teachers have been so supportive of our family and their knowledge and experience has been really helpful. It's wonderful to see our children so happy and confident, and enjoying new experiences that they wouldn't get at home. Thank you Beststart Omokoroa

Parent

Thank you to the Team at Best Start for putting so much thought and care into the curriculum and food for our tamariki. Congratulations on meeting your goals and continuing to grow in a very positive direction. I am always so happy to walk into the Tui Room and see so many smiling faces running around. I know Macsen couldn't be happier!

Parent

We are so happy we made the move to BestStart. I have been so impressed with the staff and the delicious food provided.

Parent

Thank you so much for the exciting and engaging curriculum programme you offer every day to our children. What an amazing centre.

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