First Steps Everglade Preschool

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Welcome to First Steps Everglade Preschool. We welcome you to visit our centre and have a guided tour through our culturally rich and stimulating learning environment. We’re open from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and have children in our care from 2 to 5 years old. Our Preschool has excellent staff to child ratios, quality equipment and toys in a safe, nurturing, stimulating and attractive learning environment. We also have our sister centre First Steps Everglade babies nearby.

We have two rooms, each set up to meet the needs of children in different age groups and at different stages of learning. We have an inspiring outdoor play space that is safe and stimulating to enhance our tamariki‚Äôs learning. 

We have a friendly team of qualified and committed teachers, a centre cook and centre administrator who provide the best learning and care environments for the children. We believe that children are empowered to be capable, competent and confident learners when they are supported by Kaiako through positive relationships and quality interactions where they feel safe, secure and a sense of belonging.  

We are proud to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural community and our centre has children coming from diverse cultural backgrounds which proves beneficial to both our children and staff, enabling them to learn about, understand and respect the exciting cultural diversity within our community.

We have a well-established Be School Ready initiative that has been developed to ensure that children leave the centre as confident and capable learners ready for school. We have strong links with the local schools such as Everglade Primary, Hill Park, Manurewa Central and Redoubt Primary School.  We engage in a variety of ways in various school events and also encourage the neighbouring school children to be involved in our centre events.

We work closely with the NZ Heart Foundation and have a strong focus in the Hauora initiative which encourages children to be healthy in mind, body and spirit.  We work collaboratively with outside agencies such as CCS disability and MOE to support our children with additional needs.  The children brush their teeth at the centre and we work with Smile Care to promote an oral health programme in the centre.

We look forward to hearing from you and joining you in the journey of raising your child. Come and visit us.

kind words from our parents


I hope you remember Alexander, after finishing up with First Steps we moved to Western Australia. Alex recently mentioned how much he misses First Steps, his friends and his teachers so I thought I would drop you a line. Again I would like to thank you all for the great care and support you guys did for Alex and for the wonderful times and memories he has First Steps. He wishes he can back and visit and play again with Natalie and Robyn.


I have been really please with how Josie has settled in. It was a tricky decision to enrol her at First Steps but I believed she would benefit from a more social environment surrounded by children her own age. I am please to say she is thriving. She comes home talking about about her friends and teachers and the new food she is trying which is great! The staff are very approachable and we are always greeted with a smile and made to feel welcome . They show a genuine interest in our family. We attended the parent event for new families and really enjoyed it. It gave us a chance to have valuable conversations with teachers in a relaxed way. We have also been kept up with how she is progressing through daily chats at drop off and pick up and via Storypark. We are so pleased how smoothly Josie has transitioned.


I have seen Daniel grow in confidence and develop many new skill during his time at First Steps. His verbal skills are fantastic and his cognitive skills have really impressed me. I am confident he is well prepared for school. The Be School Ready initiative has given him a head start and is excellent. He has developed a well rounded set of tools that has set him up for success in the future.


My son has developed so much since he started. I am amazed how he is growing and at all the things he has learnt and experienced. Initially I felt anxious about leaving him but seeing the way the teachers made him feel and their actions and affections towards him made me feel better inside. Communication between the centre and home is very good. The teachers understand and listen to me and I appreciate their feedback and help. I know I have chosen the right daycare for my son.


My child enjoys going to preschool and never likes to miss a day from preschool only if she is sick and she knows she has to stay home until she is well. The staff are awesome and they communicate with the parents and children very well. I am thankful for their awesome job with my child.


I have really enjoyed having my children at First Steps Everglade. They are excited to arrive every morning and come home full of stories of achievements and things they have learnt. I feel supported by the staff and feel they take a genuine interest in my family and the well-being of my children.


Celebrating Cook Islands Language Week

First Steps Everglade Preschool is always committed to promoting cultural diversity at our centre.  Thus Kaiako, Tamariki and Whanau have been doing a variety of experiences to mark this special event of Cook Island Language Week.  Our Kiako have been pra

First Steps Everglade Preschool’s colour festival fun

At First Steps Everglade Preschool we value the cultural diversity of children and families in the centre. To strengthen our commitment, we celebrated Holy Festival at the centre. Holy is an Indian festival playing with colours and water.  Our tamariki ha

Healthy choices at First Steps Everglade Preschool

First Steps Everglade Preschool has always been committed to the wellbeing (mana atua) of our tamariki. We are now totally engaged in BestStart’s Hauora initiative where kaiako provide children with an environment where...