BestStart Petone

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BestStart Petone (formerly Early Years Petone) sits in the heart of the vibrant and ever growing Petone community. We thrive on adventure and discovery. Our vision is ‘Where the Wild Things Come to Play’. This is brought to life in the day to day adventures that take place as part of our exciting and enthusiastic centre programme.

Christmas Grotto

Open Tuesday 11 December from 9.30am to 11am and Tuesday 18 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Come and see BestStart Petone's Christmas Grotto and get your free photo taken with Santa! We have created a magical Christmas wonderland that really brings the spirit of Christmas alive. We're opening the Grotto to the public for 2 special days - bring your child along to experience the wonder. We ask that you bring a small food donation for non-perishable food to be donated to our local food bank. We look forward to seeing you and spreading the Christmas cheer!

Our passionate team has a great sense of humour and love to make learning fun! We get excited and inspired about children’s learning and the endless possibilities of discovering where we can take this learning! BestStart Petone is a place children can come to explore, research and investigate and where making a mess is a part of everyday life. The outdoor space is set up to encourage exploration of our natural environment. Trees, bushes and gardens thrive with young explorers learning about how the world in the wild works.

We take the job of preparing children for a love of life time learning very seriously and we do this by encouraging open thinking and discussion, problem solving, risk taking, independence and leadership.  Teachers, children, parents and the community are all involved in supporting your child to develop social skills that are essential to becoming confident, happy and self-assured individuals for life.

Inside all of us is hope, fear and adventure. Inside all of us is a wild thing! And now let the WILD RUMPUS START! (Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak). If you have a wild thing looking for adventure call us and come and visit today!

What you can expect from our childcare centre:

  • A planned programme reflecting adventure and discovery
  • The development of life skills through hands on exploration
  • Experience and qualified teachers who know how to extend children’s learning in a fun and exciting way
  • Individual portfolios set up through Storypark for every child.
  • Weekly bush walk adventure into Percy’s Reserve

kind words from our parents


Thank you so very much for taking care of our little girl. She absolutely loved coming to spend her days with you guys. It was awesome watching her grow and learn and it was fantastic to watch the bond she formed with her friends and teachers. You guys will never know how grateful we were to you for providing a loving, nurturing, fun and educational place for her during what was a very busy two years for us. Knowing she was safe, happy, loved and well fed (thanks Saby) was a great thing for us every day. Thank you for making us feel like we are well and truly a part of the family


We love the regular updates we receive through Storypark, as do our family and friends who all share in his development. They always greet our family with a smile and are happy to see us every time we drop him off. It’s that type of personal attention that makes us feel completely at ease leaving him in their hands


My son has thrived with all you have taught him and most important he has had fun and made friends


Pink Ribbon Breakfast

For the forth year running Early Years Petone hosted their annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast in support of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. We had a great morning and a huge feast for breakfast raising just over $700! Last year Pink Ribbon Breakfasts raised an

Doing our bit

The Early Years Petone team have been doing a little bit of brainstorming around sustainability and how we can do our bit as a centre. We want to be able support our children’s knowledge and understanding of sustainability and what this means. Our f


Early Years Petone Will Remember The Anzac Day service at the base of Petone railway station’s memorial flagpole is remarkable for its focus on railway staff involved in war service and its historical significance as one of t...