First Steps Te Atatu

FS Te Atatu
FS Te Atatu - boys reading
FS Te Atatu - drawing
FS Te Atatu - water play
FS Te Atatu - excursion
FS Te Atatu - drawing 2
FS Te Atatu - colourful steps
FS Te Atatu - behind material
FS Te Atatu - buckets on heads
FS Te Atatu - reading on mat
FS Te Atatu - art
First Steps Te Atatu is a small family-orientated centre with warm and positive relationships with our children and families. Our centre feels like a home away from home – we are friendly, nurturing and provide children with wonderfully rich learning experiences. Our centre cares for children aged 3 months to 5 years and is open Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 6.00pm.

Whānau relationships are important as we believe it takes a village to raise a child.  Settling visits and a good transition help children develop a sense of belonging and we work with families to ensure every child is happy and secure. We work alongside whānau and welcome your involvement in the centre through our many events. Our teachers have many years of experience and design learning experiences for each child’s individual age and stage of development.

Age Appropriate spaces - Our infant space is a warm, calm and nurturing environment where children develop naturally and in their own time. Guided by philosophies of respectful interaction and practice, the infants enjoy open ended play and opportunities to explore and discover. The specialised infant teachers provide daily sensory play which includes active movement, dance and music everyday as this supports brain development. Children learn self- help skills and as soon as they are ready, are supported to take care of themselves and their belongings through clearing their own plates/cups after meals, washing their own faces/hands, placing their own belongings in their bags.

The preschool room at First Steps Te Atatu caters for children from 2 ½ to 5.  Our children gain skills, confidence and independence through active exploration. BestStart’s unique Be School Ready initiative prepares children individually and in groups for Primary School focusing on literacy, numeracy, socialisation and independence skills.

Bicultural - Bicultural practice is valued within our centre and leads to the celebration of the many cultural identities represented by the teachers and whānau. Our children are given opportunities to know and share their whakapapa – who is in their family. Our vision is for children to have the opportunity to participate in Te Reo, Te Ao Marama and Te Ao Māori. Come and find out what that means!!

Connected with the Community - Fostering a strong sense of community matters to the First Steps Te Atatu team. We support local organisations and involve our whānau in centre life as well as our many events and celebrations. We support our children to have opportunities to be out and about in the community.

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, 

please contact us directly (09) 834 3749 /

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kind words from our parents


My daughter was filled with enthusiasm and activities which were designed to stimulate and cater for her personal interests, thus her development accelerated noticeably. The teachers taught her a diverse set of skills, constantly fed her imagination and encouraged her to try new things. She would come home each day very happy, full of life and desperate to share her new song of the day. The transition through to the pre-school room was made easily and here she continued to grow with new challenging activities, new friendships and new teachers to learn from. This centre has been hugely accommodating to our family needs and we have really appreciated their flexibility, understanding and open door policy. Thank you for all you have done, and for encouraging our daughter to happily and safely shine.


We have had our daughter at First Steps Te Atatu for 2.5 years and highly recommend them. They provide a supportive and loving environment for children in their care focusing on fostering independence , enjoyment and learning and each child's personal interests. There is a lovely family type atmosphere in the centre. It's like having a team of amazing aunties caring for our little girl.


BestStart Video First Steps Te Atatu

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The Commonwealth Games

BestStart’s two Te Atatu Peninsula early childhood centres, ABC Te Atatu Peninsula and First Steps Te Atatu, created their own mini Commonwealth Games in April at Ramlea Park.  Kylie and Alis, the Centre Managers, thought the games would be a fun way to p

Wining the Swimsation Best Costume

Every Monday, 12 children from First Steps Te Atatu go swimming at Swimsation located in Peninsula Primary.  To celebrate the Olympics, Swimsation had an Olympic themed week where you had to dress up.  First Steps Te Atatu&#8...