First Steps Frankton

Frankton - Slader 2
Frankton - reading
Frankton - trolley
Frankton - trolley 2
Frankton - digging
Frankton - group
Frankton - baby standing
Frankton - tower
Frankton - Tunnel
Frankton - sandpit
Frankton - truck book
Frankton - super hero
Frankton - sticks
Frankton - lightbulb
Frankton - water trough
First Steps Frankton is a whanau orientated childcare centre tucked away in an industrial part of Frankton. With our beautiful gardens, established trees, and large grass area we are able to create a home like feel. Our covered outdoor areas invite children to continue with play during all types of weather. The environment at First Steps Frankton is a true reflection of our commitment to providing real life experiences for children in a relaxed, respectful place.

At First Steps Frankton, we place high value on knowing our families and creating trusting relationships. We encourage whanau to participate in all aspects of centre life. We are hugely involved in the annual BestStart Ripper Rugby and Cultural Festival plus we have our annual centre Matariki hangi and various other celebrations throughout the year.

Whanaunatanga (relationships) and Manaakitanga (caring) are two of our guiding principles. Our children learn to care for our visitors as they are involved in kai prep and Kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the environment) as they care for and maintain our gardens and animals. This is all learnt by way of Ako (reciprocal teaching and learning) as our children also take charge of and lead their learning. Teachers engage in Wananga (learning) as this sharing of knowledge allows an exchange of views and ideas which are to be reshaped to fit the needs of our tamariki.

 Ko nga pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko nga pae tata, whakamaua kia tina.

            The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today.

kind words from our parents


We wanted our 2 girls first experience to be in a loving, caring, homely environment where they felt safe and we received all of this throughout our years at First Steps Frankton. Thank you to the staff that who helped our girls in their journey to reach all their milestones. All staff and friends will be dearly missed.


Thanks for a great 3 years at First Steps Frankton. Zane has thoroughly enjoyed his time at this centre meeting lots of new friends and forming relationships with all his teachers. As a whanau we thank you all for the care Zane received.


Gidgets and gadgets, to tutu and tinker!

Last week at First Steps Frankton Waveney, one of our Tui Room teachers brought in a fidget board that her and her partner created to share with the tamariki. On Friday afternoon we fixed to our wall in Tui – from that moment on, it has been enjoyed

Matariki Celebrations Continue

After such a wonderful Matariki celebration, the Kowhai teachers at First Steps Frankton helped the tamariki express their acknowledgement to each of the Matariki stars. We started this week with Tupuarangi and Tupuanuku. Tupuarangi is the star associated

Plunket Appeal

Wow what a BLUE week we have had to support the BestStart Plunket Appeal at First Steps Frankton. During the week there were all sorts of blue activities happening, culminating in a massive BLUE day on Friday. The children ha...