BestStart Parnell

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Giant Lego
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BestStart Parnell is centrally located and easily accessible, with free pick up and drop off zone parking. Our location is convenient for both commuting families as well as the local community.

As you enter the gates of BestStart Parnell you are met with the sounds of children’s laughter, happy teachers, surrounding palm trees and a large inviting garden area hidden away in the in the hustle and bustle of the city. A real Oasis in the City!

Our small, intimate centre supports children from 3 months until they are ready for school and our dedicated and passionate teachers provide tailored learning programmes that nurture tamariki individual needs and interests. At BestStart Parnell, your child will grow as a happy, confident learner appreciated for their individuality!

In the Pukeko Room our youngest children are nurtured in a warm, cosy, home away from home environment , everyday our dedicated teachers create a calm, comforting holistic environment for our babies and toddlers to explore. Our cosy under 2s room is beautifully designed with cosy cots nestled in our sleep spaces and their own separate outdoor play area for fun, exploration and play.

In the Tui Room here at BestStart Parnell, children ages 2 to 5 years play and learn together supported by teachers who share their love of learning. Everyday our over 2s room children embark on a learning journey that is unique and special to them. Much like the hustle and bustle of the city our over 2s can be super energetic and always on the go and so our teachers provide calming rituals and activities to guide our children through their busy day of learning.

Our tamariki are passionate about their role as guardians of the environment and support our onsite prepared Healthy Heart meals with herbs and vegetables grown in the centre playground garden.  Our Be School Ready initiative focuses on supporting inquiry and the development of independence and confidence with children as they prepare for their primary school years.

Our centre menu is a step above the rest with limited sugar, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as catering to any specific dietary needs. This is an area of pride for us and is sure to give your child the best nutritious advantage to support learning.

We offer free parking for drop offs which will make life easier – especially if you’re travelling into the city for work purposes. Our doors are open daily 7.30-5.45 Monday to Friday and we invite you to come and escape all the hustle and bustle and bask in our unique little Oasis in the City!

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (09) 373 3477 / You might be eligible for support paying their childcare fees. For more information click here.

kind words from our parents


A big thank you to every staff member at First Steps Parnell. This has been the best daycare centre for us in Auckland.

Kayleigh Van Zyl

Our son has been in Best Start Parnell since August 2017 when we moved to New Zealand. Being in a new country, as a parent, you worry about making the right decision for your baby's daily care & learning, this was not the case the moment I stepped onto the premises. Right away you can tell that all the children in their care feel safe, loved, and supported in their vital growing years. The incredible staff have done more than words could ever describe for my son. He loves going to Kindi each morning and I am at ease every day knowing that he is in safe hands.


Our child has been at Best Start Parnell since from 6 months old and has been going there for 3 years. The team at Parnell have been like family to our child and a huge support to us as we raise our first child. They have taught our child structure and rules and we have a well adjusted happy child. Thanks team!


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Tui Room Christmas Celebration