First Steps Palmerston North

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First Steps Palmerston North is conveniently located close to the central city and local attractions including Te Manawa. Since opening in 1989 we have been the centre of choice for literally thousands of families.

We have very experienced teachers, some of whom have been educating and caring for infants and young children at this centre for over 20 years. Others have been in the team for more than a decade. Our teachers are specialists in various areas of early childhood education to support your child to reach their full potential.

Music Specialists - Music sessions with our professionally trained teachers are fun and we have fantastic resources. Your child will enjoy songs, actions and dance with rhythm and movement. By being part of our music sessions your child will develop mathematical understanding through repetitive patterns, counting and spacial awareness as well as building their fine and gross motor skills. Click here to read more about our music programme.

Artist in Residence - Our specialist shares her skills across the complex so no matter where your child is, they will have the opportunity to enjoy this experience. Awesome art work is created using different mediums and techniques. Art supports early literacy skills and ignites your child’s imagination and creativity.  Click here to read more about our programme.

Foundation Skills - These skills support your child’s fine and gross motor skills and are the beginnings of sport and physical activity, using for example, balance and hand-eye coordination. When children have strong upper body and strong hand and arm muscles, it enables them to concentrate during reading and writing. In other words, these skills support early literacy.

Cultural Group - Our cultural group ignites recognition of all cultures by providing learning and experiences of customs, art, music and food. We recognise the culture of every child and by doing so this we give them a sense of identity and belonging.

Diverse Learners - We have specialist teachers who are post graduate trained in both gifted and talented children and early intervention. Karen MacKay (our Curriculum Manager) is well respected in Early Childhood Education circles and her specific focus is on supporting teachers to provide quality education and care in line with the New Zealand Curriculum. In addition, she ensures that our warm and welcoming environment is vibrant and extends the children’s learning.

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Musical Specialists
Artist in residence
Foundation Skills
Celebrating Culture

kind words from our parents


Carl and I are committed to recommending ‘First Steps Palmerston North’ as a very high quality childcare centre to friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. Our expectations were surpassed


Thank you all so much for looking after our baby girl but especially Sharlene. We love that you are so genuine, you have a really nice personal touch, you show you really care and you are so easy to connect with. You have made this so much easier and we love the connection you have with Alyssa


I am so thankful for everything you have done for Jordyn. You have made going back to work that much easier for me, knowing that my 5 month old baby was in your care


Lucas had no hesitation going to any of the teachers. He was always happy and busy when I picked him up. Development wise, they always let me know where Lucas was at and were more than happy to answer any questions I had – his education is important to me.


Have to say this is by far the best childcare centre I’ve come across. Such a friendly and attentive team with a great atmosphere at First Steps Palmerston North! Could not recommend you enough! Thank you all for doing an amazing job for our little one


Learning about sustainability in the preschool room

The children at Preschool have been learning about sustainability.

Exploring Pit Park

Following on from our last Forest Kindy adventure, we took the young explorers on a mission to investigate pit park.

Fun at Children's Preschool

What a busy week we have been having here at Children’s Preschool.