BestStart Tawa South
BestStart Tawa South is a quality early learning childcare centre welcoming infants through to preschoolers, located on Redwood Ave, just 200m from Redwood School.
The beauty of this place lies in the cultures of our people
At BestStart Tawa South celebrating the cultural diversity of our children and teachers is important to us. It is at the heart of our vision and is something we live every day.
Introducing children to diversity at a young age helps open their mind about the world they live in. They develop an understanding and appreciation for the rich variety of experiences the world has to offer. Children develop the social skills to navigate themselves through the modern world with confidence and kindness.
At home with us - We build great relationships with our families. For us the parent is the expert and we learn from our families how best to care for each child. We spend a lot of time with whānau during the settling process, getting to know both the child and the parents. The information about each family's culture and where they come from helps us support each child and create a sense of belonging. The transition works around what the child needs and what he/she is comfortable with. Our whānau are very much a part of both the planning and the celebrating of cultures at our centre!
As a centre we enjoy supporting community groups such as Plunket and get involved in nationwide awareness days like Daffodil Day to provide our children with a sense of being part of the wider community and the important role they can play in it.
We have two specialised learning rooms to cater for the needs of our children as the grow and develop.
Infants and Toddlers
In our Pikopiko Room, for children under 2 years old, we incorporate every child’s culture into our plan for their learning and development. We follow each child’s individual routine and accommodate cultural and whānau specific expectations, such as kai or bottle feeding, how each child is supported during kai times, nappy changing routines and bedtime routines.
Our kaiako have strengths in music and use this as a wonderful settling tool. We sing songs and play music from different cultures (including Māori, Samoan, Indian, Sri Lankan, Pilipino and Chinese) to help children feel at home.
In our Pikopiko Room we have a beautiful, open plan space with fantastic indoor-outdoor flow, along with a covered patio area as well as outdoor space for children to explore. Children enjoy a range of fun resources and support to develop independence, build on their physical skills, learn how to positively interact with others and learn both verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
Our special outdoor environment is set up for our youngest children to start their gross motor development. They can easily see into the Mahuri Room and love watching and interacting with the big kids. We have lots of music time outside for the infants and toddlers and they love moving to their favorite songs. The infants and toddlers love exploring a range of sensory experiences, we do sandpit painting, finger painting , bubbles, gloop and much more.
In our Māhuri Room, for children aged 2 to 6 years old, you will see each child’s culture celebrated through our displays, photos, songs, dances and through the multiple languages spoken by our teachers and tamariki.
Our Māhuri Room is spacious and open plan where children learn while they play. Children make their own choices, while building on their current knowledge, interests and skills. They are supported by our qualified and experienced teaching team to develop their independence, build relationships with others and be curious learners.
We are lucky to have a large outdoor area that provides our children with a wide range of learning experiences. Children enjoy lots of gross motor experiences, climbing, sliding, balancing and fun on the monkey bars. We have a large water play/ messy play area next to the sand pit. A recycled greenhouse to grow veges in and a large vegetable garden. The children play an important role in maintaining this and adding plants. They especially love when they get to taste the finished product!
We understand the importance of ensuring children are ready for school. Children practice skills that they may need at school as well as learn to develop their independence skills, problem solve, taking responsibilty and looking after themselves and caring for others. We also provide experiences that promote literacy and numeracy. We work closely with Redwood School and go for visits to assist children in the transition to school, this is on top of the visits they do with their parents, through this the children gain an idea of what things they may see or may do when they get to school. eg sitting at tables doing group work or doing work together on the mat.
To give our older children a sense of responsibility and to build their independence and life skills they can choose to take turns at setting up the dining room for lunch times, making the tables look nice, setting them with food and drinks.
Quality Service Award 2023
kind words from our parents
Our daughter has been at ABC Redwood for three years now, and we feel like everyone there is a part of our family. Every day the team demonstrate how much they care about her, her interests and her personal growth. I’m blown away by the amount of personal attention she receives, and the activities that the kaiako tailor just for her. She could not have a better “second family” and home away from home than at ABC Redwood.
We were ecstatic with the level of care both our boys received from you when we moved from the previous kindy, and we have been thrilled ever since. You are a special bunch of teachers lead by a special leader in Michelle.
We have seen some great changes in the centre in the last year. There is better communication, stable teachers and our son seems to be thriving and enjoying his time at the centre
Friendly staff and they all genuinely care for our tamariki :) Love their hard work.
You all are doing wonderful. Just continue doing what you are doing. Thanks Hannah, Silky, Amanda, Sam, Morgan and Gypsy :)
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