First Steps Wattle Downs

Wattle Downs - tyre climb
Wattle Downs - stacking
Wattle Downs - art
Wattle Downs - water play
Wattle Downs - red slide
Wattle Downs - stacking blocks
Wattle Downs - foam
Wattle Downs - group outside
Wattle Downs - 3 babies
Wattle Downs - natural resources
Wattle Downs - yellow plates
Wattle Downs - colourful foam
First Steps Wattle Downs is a childcare and early childhood education centre on Coxhead Road, close to Mahia Road and Wattle Farm Reserve. We are devoted to caring for children in the Wattle Downs area and the wider community of Manurewa. We welcome children from 6 weeks to 5 years and pride ourselves on working in partnership with parents and families to ensure that we are working towards the same goals.

We are a multicultural centre and we use play as a tool to help our tamariki develop into wonderful human beings. Our centre is run between two buildings. The Little Tui’s room caters for our children from 6 weeks to 2 ½ years.  And our Pukeko room caters for children from 2 ½ to 5 years. Our newly renovated outdoor area is inviting and challenges our children to take risks and gain control over their bodies. 

Our Learning Spaces

Little Tuis – our infants room

The family orientated room of Little Tuis is a calm and relaxing place for your infants in which they are supported in learning at their own pace with the help of our teachers.  We encourage our infants to showcase their unique personalities while gaining the confidence to be risk takers and accomplish milestones that help them grow from dependent babies into independent toddlers.

We use heuristic play or treasure baskets as learning tools. We love seeing our babies use everyday items as an open-ended resource.  They surprise us every day with the inventive and interesting ways in which they interact with the items.  Come and take a look for yourself.

Pukeko – our preschool room

Our preschool room is a hive of activity with teachers setting up different activities and experiences to engage our tamariki.

We pride ourselves on our relationship with Clayton Park Primary School who support our Be School Ready initiative.  We are grateful that they allow our 4 ½ year olds access to their classrooms once a week.  These visits help our tamariki gain confidence to be able to transition to primary school with ease once they turn five.

 We look forward to meeting you and are welcome to visit anytime.

kind words from our parents


As my son’s first step in to education, my son and I are very happy with First Steps Wattle Downs. It has been a blessing for us


I feel confident and assured that my son is in safe and loving care due to the relationship I have built with the staff. I feel the staff are genuinely caring, well trained and honest.


All the teachers at First Steps Wattle Downs Infant centre have been doing an awesome job. Pirelli is learning heaps being at First Steps Wattle Downs and I appreciate all the hard work put in by the teachers.


I was pleased to learn about my child’s development through personal discussions. I was able to see how pleased his teacher was with my child. It is great to see the variety of exercises that he has experienced. All with great learning value! Every page has a great story of his personal development and having lots of photos helps us parents to feel and witness what our child is doing during school hours!


Proud of our Parent Space!

​We have always wanted a space for our parents, a nice warm inviting space that welcome our families into our centre and lets them know that they are welcome.

Celebrating Father's Day

​This term we decided to combine our parent evening with our father days celebration so that we could hear what our dad's aspirations were for their children and also celebrate them being the awsome dads that they are.

Visit From Clayton Park Primary School

​Today we got a very special visit from some of the Clayton Park students.