First Steps Clarence Street

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First Steps Clarence Street is a beautifully converted villa situated in central Hamilton. There is a warm home like feel when you walk through our doors meaning your child feels safe and secure in their learning environment.

We provide care and education for children aged three months to five years and offer a range of booking hours to suit your families needs.

Nursery - Nursery teachers at First Steps Clarence work in collaboration with you to keep the transition between home and the centre seamless. We’ll match your home routines and introduce your child to new experiences throughout the day. Your child will have many opportunities to develop relationships, creativity, language skills, independence, and physical skills. As they move to preschool they then learn how to develop these skills further using them in many teacher and child-led experiences.

Preschool - In Preschool, we extend your child as they move towards becoming school ready. We’ll collaborate with you to develop goals your child can work towards. We offer a wide range of experiences that follow their current interests. We see your child as the leader of their learning and look to them to share their knowledge with their peers and teachers alike. Your child will be encouraged to investigate their interests to gain a more in-depth understanding. They will also be given opportunities to discover new interests and further their knowledge through basic literacy and numeracy concepts.

Our Be School Ready initiative provide your child with the tools to transition to school comfortably. Your child will move onto their next learning journey as a confident and capable, lifelong learner and we believe this starts as soon as possible.

At First Steps Clarence we enjoy excursions around our immediate environment, and day trips away with help from our parents.

The children’s meals are made every day by our talented cook. We take great pride in serving food to the children that is nutritional and fuel for learning that will sustain them throughout the day.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our First Steps whānau.

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A day in the life at First Steps Clarence

kind words from our parents


We love First Steps Clarence Street! Our kids have excelled under the care of the nurturing teachers at the centre and we are always made to feel welcome. The centre itself is in a great location and has a nice homely feel to it.


The centre is so welcoming and accepting of all cultures. The teachers are respectful and always approachable. My daughter had a really good time at First Steps Clarence and she developed great social skills and literacy skills that supported her transition to school. The centre always provided very healthy meals and she was encouraged to eat healthy which supported her well being.


Learning through play in the nursery

Children learn through play. At First Steps Clarence Street, we offer a fun, invitng and stimulating environment in our Nursery room. Catering to all the idividual needs and interests of our under two year olds. We work in partnership with parents and wha

Painted Hands

At First Steps Clarence, we have been exploring paint using different shades of blue. Our children decided that they wanted to paint their hands and explore with their senses. They spent at least 20 minutes on their paintings, exploring with their hands a

Hanging around

At First Steps Clarence Street, we love to challenge our bodies and what better way to do that than using the monkey bars. Here we can help to develop both our gross and fine motor skills, through a range of different movemen...