First Steps Papatoetoe

FS Papatoetoe - red tower
FS Papatoetoe - giant puzzle
FS Papatoetoe - crocodile
FS Papatoetoe - fish
FS Papatoetoe - funnels
FS Papatoetoe - dress up
FS Papatoetoe - infant art
FS Papatoetoe - infants with teacher
FS Papatoetoe - blue paint
FS Papatoetoe - bubbles
FS Papatoetoe - hand painting
FS Papatoetoe - bugs
FS Papatoetoe - chickens
FS Papatoetoe - green couch
FS Papatoetoe - colourful bowls
FS Papatoetoe - boy with dolphin mat
FS Papatoetoe - dress up 2
FS Papatoetoe - drawing people
FS Papatoetoe - group on mat
First Steps Papatoetoe is a childcare centre in an easy-to-reach Papatoetoe location on Great South Road. Our centre is set in a villa, which helps children feel at home.

Why First Steps Papatoetoe?

We value our community and its diverse cultures. We have formed trusting relationships with our families and they have a great sense of belonging within our centre.

We offer:

  • Child initiated learning programme - children guide us
  • We provide freshly cooked nutritious meals prepared on-site 
  • Low teacher-child ratio
  • Affordable rates, 20 ECE hours

Our programmes:

  • Positive behavior guidance - learning respect for themselves, teachers, friends and their environment
  • Mighty Mouth Tooth Brushing programme
  • Storypark e-portfolios
  • Individual learning portfolios
  • Be School Ready initiative

Our childcare and early learning rooms

We have two rooms, Harakeke and Toetoe, offering specialised care and education as children grow and develop.

Our Harakeke room. This space caters for children up to three years old. It provides a relaxed home-away-from-home environment for our infants and toddlers. Our experienced teachers ensure our youngest children receive personalised care and attention to explore the world around them. Our Toetoe room provides many opportunities for infants and toddlers to learn and develop their skills to become confident and capable individuals. This space

Our Toetoe room.  This room caters for children aged three to five years old. Here we offer child-centered, play-based curriculum where our experienced teachers help identify children’s dispositions and provide appropriate experiences to support them to become competent, caring and confident individuals. Our Be School Ready initiative helps build children’s early literacy and numeracy skills which are embedded throughout the centre environment. We provide the Be School Ready initiative for all preschool children and are currently working alongside Papatoetoe East, Papatoetoe Central, Papatoetoe West and Puhinui Primary schools to develop a smooth transition between our centre programme and the schools. 

 We have an open door policy and encourage all our families to join us to play a part in teaching our next generation. We look forward to meeting you soon!

kind words from our parents


Kia ora everyone at First Steps Papatoetoe, On behalf of myself and my whanau I would like to thank and acknowledge the staff at First Steps Papatoetoe for their unconditional caring, loving and enduring support to all our tamariki/whanau.


As a Father to Te Maia-a-rangi I feel your Centre has a warm, safe and welcoming presence. As a Māori, that is the key fundamental for my child’s well-being, spiritual wellness. Without it we as Māori cannot function in this world. I also see and feel an understanding and appreciation of the Treaty of Waitangi, biculturalism, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori within your ECE Centre. Where the staff support and encourage the learning of Māori children and the involvement of Māori parents.


My princess just graduated from daycare 😭😍. Thank you to the staff at First Step Papatoetoe for everything you have done for my princess and for myself as well. I wouldn’t have been able to get through these last 5 years without your love and guidance. You have all become family to us. We have made lifelong friends with the parents and children there and we will miss you dearly but will definitely keep in touch especially with our little monster siua still there 😂. Next stop: Holy cross primary school.


Our New Kitchen

​It was an exciting week for us as we were getting our new kitchen.

Creating our nature corner

At First Steps Papatoetoe, we have been working on creating a natural feel to our science corner by adding some more natural resources such as  plants, sand and rocks to our corner. We even added some green grass as well for our children to sit and enjoy

Bringing Nature Indoors

At First Steps Papatoetoe, we brought nature indoors to see how our infants would react. We gave them dry leaves that we our older children helped pick from the tree in our bark pit. As we spread the leaves on the mat, our ch...