First Steps Waihi

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BestStart’s First Steps Waihi is a quality education and care centre located near Waihi East Primary school. We welcome children from three months to five years old, 7.30-5.30 Monday to Friday.

We have two separate rooms Nga Teina room (0-2years) and Nga Tuakana room (2-5years). We are a committed team who endeavour to cater to your needs and support your child to learn and grow alongside our teachers. 

We have a beautiful indoor and outdoor environment which supports our children to engage in our play-based curriculum. There are a wide variety of resources available for the children to explore, that are reset throughout the day, these are based on our children’s current interests. Our play-based curriculum allows children to explore the many areas of play including physical play, sandpit, art and crafts, sensory play, playdough, literacy, numeracy, music and movement, construction and more. Our curriculum and planning are influenced by the NZ ECE Curriculum, Te Whariki. We use Storypark and portfolios to document the children’s learning journey through following parent’s aspirations and setting individual goals for the children. 

We see the importance in building warm and trusting relationships with all our children, so they feel a strong sense of belonging. We are committed to our parents, whanau and the Waihi community and we pride ourselves in our relationships. We have regular events for parents and the community to attend, go on regular excursions and have a great relationship with Waihi East School, where we support and work alongside the school to ensure the children have smooth transitions. We have a Be School Ready initiative that supports children with developing the foundation skills to set them up with a successful learning journey. 

Have a look at our awesome photos or our blogs to see the amazing environment we have and the fun things we do, or even better come in and see us at First Steps Waihi and see how we can begin your child’s learning journey and cater to suit the needs of your family. 

kind words from our parents


I have been with First Steps Waihi nearly 2 years now. My baby was 9 months old when we joined her at First Steps. It is a great environment for my baby. We always felt comfortable leaving my daughter and going to work because not only did I know she was being well taken care of but also I knew she was learning a lot. All the faculty of First Steps are super friendly. They have got a great team who take great care of the Kids. My daughter learned so much here and she is happy to go there. I definitely recommend to any mommy looking for great environment for their children to choose First Steps.


I am loving the new look of the center. I love the natural environment, it looks really amazing. The staff have been amazingly supportive and are easy to talk to. They always inform me on how my son’s day has been and any issues there may have been.


Muffin baking for SPCA

First Steps Waihi decided to bake muffins to raise funds for the SPCA.

Visiting The Vet

Today a group of tamariki from First Steps Waihi visited the vet clinic to further research into what would be a good pet for our centre and how we would look after it. Dr Asse was lovely and showed us around an operation, xrays (so we saw the bones), the

Mother’s Pamper Day

At First Steps Waihi, we had such a fun day when our mother’s joined us for a morning of pampering and morning tea. Our little darlings attentively did face masks and moisturised and painted the nails of their mothers t...