First Steps Avondale

Avondale - group
Avondale - sandpit
Avondale - reading outside
FS Avondale - feeding doll
FS Avondale - bubbles
FS Avondale - sandpit
FS Avondale - art
FS Avondale - painting
FS Avondale - girl in red in sandpit
FS Avondale - coloured steps
FS Avondale - stacking
First Steps Avondale is located on Wolverton Street, close to the New Lynn Train Station and the South Western Motorway. We offer a wonderful home-away-from-home atmosphere with high quality learning spaces. Most of our tamariki are transitioning to Blockhouse Bay, New Windsor, Chaucer and New Lynn Primary Schools.

At First Steps Avondale, our parents are a vital part of centre life and our philosophy. We pride ourselves on positive working relationships with whanau. Families are involved in various events throughout the year including centre programmes, fundraising and annual celebrations of cultures and community events.

Our programme is based on the principle of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery. We provide a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a child-led curriculum. We have three dedicated rooms caring for children of different age and developmental stages. The teaching team implement teaching methods and strategies that best suit children of different interests and needs that are woven together with Te Whāriki (Early Childhood Curriculum) and BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative.

Manawa Nursery (0-2 years) - The Infants room is a cosy room where babies are offered many open-ended play objects to explore freely. Each infant under two years old has a primary caregiver who works collaboratively with your family to meet the child’s individual routine and learning needs.

Rewa Rewa (2 – 3.2 years) - The Toddlers room provides free flow between indoor and outdoor areas for tamariki to explore and make their own discoveries. We have a covered deck area which allows for creative projects to begin. This is where our toddlers enjoy their hands-on experience by participating in art activities, dance and music. Our experienced teachers work closely with the children to help them develop social and self-help skills as well as starting their early literacy and numeracy learning.

Waitemata (3.2- 6 years) - The Preschool room is a well-resourced room where children are able to engage deeper in their play and learning with support from the teachers. They further develop their self-help and social skills, learnt from toddler room. The teaching team incorporate different teaching methods and strategies within daily activities to further children’s early literacy and numeracy, ensuring that all the children build a solid foundation for the formal learning experience at school.

kind words from our parents


Two of my children attending first steps Avondale. Nice cosy centre with lots of parking...Very nice and safe outdoor area for children to explore... Friendly and caring teachers.... Well resourced with quality toys and furniture.... affordable rates in a nice children are happy to come to school everyday and are happy at the drop off time.... what else I want..........I am very happy with the service I am receiving....


My Daughter started her when she was 8mth old. She had a great time playing and socializing with others including the teachers and friends. She has learnt to be independent and confidently trying new experiences. I was able to witness the upgrades being done on the playgrounds and resources being topped up and renewed. Teachers were caring and professional. overall a good centre.


I highly recommend First steps Avondale! All of the teachers here are so kind to each child, truly encouraging each to their strengths.My daughter Aaliya Loved to attend and learn. I am confident that this school has set a solid foundation for her learning path. She had graduated from kindergarten this year in feb and joined her school but she still misses all her teachers at First steps. All the teachers in the school provide de appreciation to kids on their individual abilities which bring in the confidence in them and help them rise in future. This is one of the best in Auckland. The centre manager Monika has always been the best in managing the school and children’s safety.


BestStart Video First Steps Avondale

BestStart is a registered charity owned by the Wright Family Foundation. We support initiatives and programmes within BestStart and the wider ECE sector that support equitable outcomes for all children. We do this because we want to make a positive diffe

Celebrating Matariki

What a beautiful sunny Friday to celebrate our Maori New Year: Matariki. Tamariki in First Steps Avondale’s Rewa Rewa room had a rather busy yet fun-filled day. All the children looked cool in their black and red outfits. After morning tea, nga tama

Gardening Goodness

The preschool room at First Steps Avondale have been learning about gardening and planting over the last few months and about looking after our environment.  Here are some children learning about replanting some yummy carrots...