First Steps Tironui

Tironui - 3 in whare
Tironui - holding hands
Tironui - coloured skirts
Tironui - feeding dinosaur
Tironui - whare
Tironui - boat
Tironui - blue paint
Tironui - 2 girls puzzle
Tironui - reading in teepee
First Steps Tironui offers quality childcare in Takanini, close to Papakura, the Southgate Shopping Centre and the southern motorway. Our multicultural centre is home to a dedicated team of qualified and professional staff – we are focused on providing the highest quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

Join us for our Open Days, every Thursday from 9am to 11am. Drop in with your children under five for a tour of our centre, while your child takes part in creative art.

Regular upgrades to learning resources and equipment ensure children have lots of learning opportunities throughout the day. Our baby teachers are nurturing and passionate about supporting under two’s through the early development stages. We have a fantastic Be School Ready initiative which helps ensure your child has the basic skills they need for school. We work closely with Papakura Normal School and are very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

We invite you to visit us at First Steps Tironui and see how we can support your child into becoming a happy, confident learner.

• A planned programme that reflects your child’s interests 

• Nutritious meals prepared on site each day 

• Friendly and approachable staff 

• Individual portfolios for each child 

• Quality teacher ratios of 1:4 for under two’s and 1:8 for over two’s 

• Free sessions for children over 3 years old

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, 

please contact us directly (09) 296 6991 /

You might be eligible for support paying their childcare fees. For more information click here

kind words from our parents


I really like First Steps Tironui and recommended it to a lot of my friends. The staff take good care of my children, respect my special requests regarding their food. The Centre Manager does a fantastic job working on continuous improvements.


My daughter has been at First Steps Tironui since she was 9 months old. She has loved it from day one. We have always been more than happy with the centre and staff.


First Steps Tironui's Christmas Party

We wish all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and blessed New Year from all our teachers here at First Steps Tironui!

Celebrating Matariki

Over the past few weeks at First Steps Tironui our tamariki have been engaging and participating in various activities and learning experiences to celebrate Matariki (Maori New Year!). Matariki is a time for sharing, caring and giving thanks. It is also a

Little scientists at First Steps Tironui

Our Ruaumoko Pepi at First Steps Tironui have been actively enjoying lots of waterplay during the summer months.  We put different water play mediums out, such as different size cups and bottles, beakers, pumps, funnels as we...