First Steps Mount Maunganui

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First Steps Mount Maunganui is a quality childcare centre situated in the sunny Bay of Plenty. We are close to the Bayfair shopping complex and the famous Mt Maunganui beach. Our centre offers both morning and afternoon sessions, as well as all-day care for children.

The Pukeko’s Nest is our room for babies and toddlers aged under 2 years. Your child will be looked after by our professional and dedicated team in a warm, calm, safe, nurturing and stimulating environment. Our infants and toddlers have a caregiver to support them as early learners and create a trusting relationship. We believe in providing time, space and plenty of opportunities for children to explore the environment and practice their skills in their own time.

Our Kea Kids room is for children aged over 2 years. Children build relationships, explore their interests and learn to Be School Ready in a positive, supportive and challenging environment. They are supported to develop confidence, a strong sense of belonging and important friendships. Our Kea Kids grow to have a love of learning and are confident and capable learners.  The Kea Kids room offers a big playground which is full of challenges for all our children.

First Steps Mount Maunganui value parent/families/whanau contribution and encourage you to share your goals and aspirations for your children. Programme planning is based around the children’s emerging and current interests. Our centre supports this by providing enriching experiences through a range of activities, outings/excursions and experiences that fosters the children’s learning and development. We also offer a range of extra curriculum activities which include, swimming lessons to Baywave once a week, visits to the mobile library as well as parent/families/whanau events and excursions.

There is safe off-street parking for parents/families/whanau to get their children to and from the car. Our professional and friendly team invites you to come and meet us and see our quality interactive environment in action. We have an ‘open door policy’ so feel free to visit us anytime within our opening hours.

kind words from our parents


My daughter Peyton started at First Steps over a month ago and I just wanted to say that this day care is absolutely AMAZING! Since I have moved Peyton from another daycare in Tauranga I am blown away with how professional, clean, and family orientated First Steps in Mt Maunganui are. The teachers in the nursery are absolutely amazing they are so positive, welcoming and make you feel like it’s a second home. I can’t believe how much my daughter has learnt in such a short time.


Thank you so much for all your time, patience, love and question answering you have given Lachlan. He has absolutely loved his time with you all, and as excited as he is for school, I know he will miss you all.


You’ve all made our four years at daycare so enjoyable and I was always so happy and content leaving the kids in you’re hands. We are so sad to leave as I”m pretty sure you guys are the BEST.


Celebrating Matariki

Tamariki at First Steps Mt Maunganui were excited to come up with some ideas to celebrate Matariki this year. Our amazingly creative tamariki helped to draw and paint Papatuanuku, Ranginui and their sons Tane Mahuta & Tangaroa for our mural on the dis

World Ocean Day

Today First Steps Mount Maunganui took a small group up to our local beach to help keep it clean as part of World Ocean Day, we were even joined by Sam from The Sun newspaper.  We had a lovely walk down to the beach and the tamariki were amazing at holdin

Rainbow Day

  At First Steps Mt Maunganui, we decided to have a rainbow day where our tamariki and kaiako could come dressed up in their favourite colours, multi colours, and wacky hair styles. Our tamariki just loved dressing up an...