BestStart Tawa

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BestStart Tawa is on Main Road, Tawa, close to the motorway and a 2-minute walk to the Redwood railway station.

At BestStart Tawa from strong roots, possibilities grow!

We are located on a main road in Tawa close to the motorway, a 2-minute walk to the Redwood railway station and accessible by all major public transport. We are also nearby some amazing cafes that make great coffee for those more difficult mornings. 

The Tawa tree provides shelter and suitable conditions for other trees to grow below it, a type of shelter and conditions we aim to provide to all our children and tamariki. By being under the strong Tawa tree or BestStart Tawa people feel a sense of safety, comfort and confidence which allows them to flourish. 

Our Team

Our team is multicultured and full of passion. They are deeply connected to our tamariki and whanau and work hard to create amazing bonds with each child. We are blessed with an inhouse cook who provides fresh and delicious meals from all cultures to all of our classrooms. 

What We Offer

  • 20 hours free for 3-5 year olds and WINZ subsidies available* if required
  • Experienced tight-knit team of passionate teachers
  • Nappies provided until 2 years old
  • Fresh, healthy, nutritious meals and snacks provided throughout the day 

Our Spaces

Our centre is set up in multiple buildings allowing each room with ample space for movement, growth and play. With three classrooms every age group is able to have their developmental needs reflected in their surrounding environments with wall displays through to table activities thoughtfully planned to meet them at their level. 

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Quality Service Award 2023

kind words from our parents


Thank you all for the love and support your have given to Ayla while in Pre-School. She has grown into a wise young lady and has been taught so many values that Damian and I will ever be grateful for.


We would like to say thank you so much for all your support for Tiffany’s journey at Pre-School. We are so pleased to see her growth at Pre-School. You guys are so committed, passionate and always full of energy.


I just wanted to give you some feedback on the lockdown period- I just am so impressed with how the centre has handled the whole scenario. The communication has been really thorough and clear, the processes are really well thought out. I havnt felt stressed about care for the kids at any point thanks to you guys. The dedication from the teaching staff to the kids is so amazing- as you know we have 6 children so have had a LOT of experience with day care facilities over the years! And we are just so impressed with you guys. As a health professional this whole covid thing has been really stressful but it’s such a comfort to know the kids are so well looked after and in such a nurturing environment. The teaching staff in both toddlers and preschool are just the loveliest ever and the kids are so excited to see them every day. I honestly can feel that they are so passionate about their jobs- and am so grateful to them for juggling their own families so that they can care for our families.


Thanks for all your support and kindness. I love BestStart Tawa because of the teachers. The teachers make the place and I have always valued and trusted your input. You guys are all amazing and I am confident that sending my younger child to you also means he will be in good hands. Keep on being great support networks for us mums, we massively appreciate it.


Celebrating Maori Language Week at BestStart Tawa

Our tamariki have been learning lots about Te Reo this week

Our new playground at BestStart Tawa

We've been eagerly watching the process and waiting for our new playgound!

What a busy month so far!

We've been engaging in lots of dramatic play activities, using our imaginations to make up fun games with our friends