BestStart Wainoni Road

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BestStart Wainoni Road sits in the heart of the Wainoni community and caters for children aged 3 months to 6 years old. We have a reputation and are well connected to external community agencies. We are the centre of choice and provide a safe, secure, loving environment for each and every child and their families.

Aroha is the Heart of Wainoni

We are a stable, loving, safe haven in the community where all children, families and cultures are accepted by our qualified, long-standing teaching team.


Our Nursery provides a safe, gentle and nurturing environment. Our team aims to provide respectful care that is individualised to each child’s needs. We believe each pēpi is special and unique and we look after them as you would. We encourage tamariki to participate in age appropriate activities reflecting their individual interests.  

Whanaungatanga is an important Kaupapa value for our Nursery. We use effective communication and believe in forming genuine relationships with our whanau. We provide ma times, music times, art activities, and sensory play and follow the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki.  


We value:  

  • Independence 
  • Communication with all whanau 
  • Challenges 
  • Fun 
  • An energetic environment  

In the Toddler Room we provide an environment that fosters children’s growing independence. We enjoy supporting children as they take in new challenges and have fun learning. Working with whanau towards their goals is important to us. We value the relationships we build and have a strong focus on communication. 


In the preschool we cater for 3-4 year olds. Through supporting tamariki we encourage independence and self-help skills. We offer many activities and experiences with a range of resources for the abilities and skills of our tamariki, ensuring their needs and interest are met.  

We have open communication with whanau through discussions in the preschool room and StoryPark. Our preschoolers begin to build tuakana teina relationships with our older tamariki and prep room kaiako as they explore and share an outdoor play area.  

Prep School

In the prep room we are all about ako- learning. Our prep room tamariki take pride in their role as rangatira (leaders) of the centre and we nourish their confidence in their identity by encouraging a child led programme and following the aspirations and interests of tamariki. The prep room values partnership with our tamariki, whanau, and the wider community to create a holistic programme. We are committed to preparing our tamariki for their transition to school by interweaving ‘be school ready’ values and skills into our daily learning and linking learning to the key competencies as well as the early childhood curriculum. When tamariki leave the prep room and venture off to school, they do so as confident, competent, lifelong learners. Above all, we provide a stimulating, vibrant, and fun environment where tamariki can be themselves while exploring the various areas of play and creating experiences of their own.

What can you expect from our centre:

  • We are very welcoming, accepting and accommodating for all families and children
  • We love our different cultures within the centre and strive to learn and practice something from each of them
  • We are understanding of the different community needs and provide connections where needed to ensure these are met for all children and families
  • Our community reputation is strong and we are the centre of choice in the area
  • Our activities and opportunities are endless
  • We have a long standing, stable teaching team who will continuously go above and beyond for our whanau, which includes strong leadership and role models for our children
  • Communication with our families is important and we provide support and guidance through our online platform, Storypark
  • We provide a range of nutritious breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea options to accommodate all children


Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi  

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive  

Collaboration in any community is key. We welcome the strengths and knowledge of everyone. By working together we can all flourish - especially our tamariki.  

We would love you to visit us anytime to experience for yourself the warmth and aroha that our centre can provide for you.

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (03) 382 6472 / Children aged 3 upwards can receive 20 hours free education and there is opportunity for different subsidies, our wonderful team can discuss these options with you.

kind words from our parents


Our family has been involved with the team at BestStart Wainoni for over 6 years with 2 children, and I would recommend them to one and all. From the fantastic support we received working through the first days in the nursery to the super friendly welcome as you come through the door every morning – always inclusive of me and the kids. Having such confidence in the ability of the team at EduKids Wainoni to care for our girls as if they’re with family, means we can go about our work days knowing they’re happy, nurtured and safe.


BestStart Wainoni is a great place, there is always something new and exciting going on each day. Sometimes when dropping my son off I don’t want to leave as it looks like so much fun! The staff are brilliant, fun loving and professional with a real passion for children.


Care Bear Friends

Wow, what an impact our new Care Bear friends have on the prep room tamariki. The teaching team had been overwhelmed with the changes in the environment since our friend's arrival.

A really fun science experiment

Today a question from one of our children keen to learn sparked a really fun science experiment. A Volcanic Eruption!

A Volcanic Eruption!

A Volcanic Eruption! Our Preschool and Prep room worked together to build a huge volcano in the sandpit