BestStart Whangaparaoa

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Indoor environment 1
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Photo with the MP
Outdoor playground
BestStart Whangaparaoa is an early learning centre located in Arkles Bay. We provide high-quality early education and award-winning childcare for children aged between 3 months to 6 years old.

"He tangata, he tangata, he tangata".

- It's about the people, people, people.

BestStart Whangaparaoa believes in incorporating the local community and environment into our learning and we are very lucky to be located within walking distance to all things Coast related, including the library across the road, Countdown, Arkles Bay Beach, and many other popular Coast cafes and beaches. Excursions are a significant part of our programme and we believe in the importance of providing children with real-life experiences within the community and utilising these close amenities to plan social walks with small groups of children.

We bring the Coast to life with our Reggio-inspired teaching style and our surrounding areas are reflected through our learning environments. Within our centre, you will see glass jars with sand from our local beaches, the local beaches' names frosted into the classroom doors, and relaxed learning environments with highly engaged children and teachers ready to welcome you. We also hold regular parent events so you can meet and get to know other families in the community.

Our Team

We are a friendly and welcoming team of qualified teachers and, being locals ourselves, understand the importance of establishing strong relationships with families and the local community. Our feedback is always letting us know how much families love our strong relationships with whanau, and we put these relationships at the forefront of everything we do to support your child's learning and care.

What We Offer

  • Regular community excursions to local businesses and surrounding beaches
  • Nutritious, healthy meals and snacks provided by our centre cook daily
  • 20 hours free for 3–5-year-olds and WINZ subsidies available* if required

Our Spaces

Our learning environments boast large outdoor areas as well as three separate classrooms which are equipped with high-quality, age-appropriate resources to support your child's learning at each stage of their development.

Arkles & Pipi Rooms

(Under 2's)

Tuatua & Manly Rooms


Matakatia & Paua Rooms


Video Gallery

A World of Wonder and Discovery at BestStart
Wecome to BestStart Whangaparaoa
Come see our centre!
Quality Service Award 2023


Physical Play at BestStart Whangaparaoa

This month, we have focused on refreshing our outdoor play spaces by swapping some of our equipment between our Under 2 and Over 2 classrooms. This adds another dimension to our play and encourages physical development!

Exploring our Community at BestStart Whangaparaoa

We took some children on an excursion to our local beach, Arkles Beach! It was a beautiful experience with lots of learning and appreciation for nature and our community.

Delight & Inspire at BestStart Whangaparaoa

​At BestStart Whangaparaoa we have recently been focusing on ways to ‘Delight and Inspire’ our Parents and Whanau. Father’s Day was the perfect opportunity for such an event!