BestStart Education and Care Centres

Contact: 0508 2378 78278
Various locations across Hawkes Bay

There is BestStart Education and Care Centre near you!


  • Edukids Queen Street, 513 Queen Street East, Hastings. Phone 06 871 0841
  • ABC Omahu Road, 325 Omahu Road, Frimley. Phone 06 870 4376
  • ABC Mahora, 504 Frederick Street, Mahora. Phone 06 876 5035
  • ABC Raureka, 810 Oliphant Road, Raureka. Phone 06 876 0499
  • ABC Hastings Central, 110 Tomoana Road, Saint Leonards. Phone 06 878 8387
  • Community Kindy St Leonards, 205 Tomoana Road, Saint Leonards. Phone 06 876 4234

Havelock North

  • ABC Havelock North, 18 Te Aute Road, Havelock North. Phone 06 877 3273


  • ABC Greenmeadows, 504 Kennedy Road, Greenmeadows. Phone 06 844 3408
  • Montessori at Taradale, 79 Gloucester Street, Greenmeadows. Phone 06 845 9380
  • ABC Napier Central, 152-154 Kennedy Road, Marewa. Phone 06 843 1173
  • Edukids Riverbend, 21-22 Riverbend Road, Onekawa. Phone 06 843 4534
  • Edukids Taradale, 19A Peddie Street, Taradale. Phone 06 844 8837

BestStart began in 1996 when we opened our first centre in Tauranga employing just four staff. Today we have grown to one of New Zealand's largest providers of early childhood education. We are still proudly New Zealand owned and operated.

Our centres are committed to ensuring each child is cared for and supported in a warm, friendly and positive environment. Our centres have diverse teaching teams who bring their own passion and energy in different ways each and every day.

All our centres have excellent staff to child ratios, trained, qualified and caring teachers, quality equipment and toys and a safe and attractive learning environment.

Relationships are vital to us:
Real and meaningful relationships form the basis of all that we do. We pride ourselves on building strong and genuine connections with all our families.  Parents are their children’s first teachers and the relationship between centre and home plays a critical role in how children engage and learn.

Our programme:
BestStart centres are happy places full of laughter, exploration and adventure, where children are encouraged to take the lead in their learning and follow their interests. We acknowledge every child as an individual and take the time to understand their individual learning styles, interests and strengths so that we can best support their learning and offer challenges that will encourage their development.

New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum:
BestStart centres are guided by the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. We weave the core curriculum areas, such as maths, literacy and science, into daily experiences so that children are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge in a multitude of ways.

Infant and toddler care:
Under twos have different needs to preschoolers and our teachers are especially trained in meeting these. We work with families to ensure your child’s routines are maintained and their development nurtured. Our centres practice primary caregiving which creates consistent, stable relationships between teacher and child and their family. We have a good ratio of teachers and children, 1:4, and our staff receive regular professional development to help them stay abreast of the latest developments in under two care.

Be School Ready:
BestStart’s unique Be School ReadyTM initiative is focussed on supporting children to become confident and competent learners with a passion for life-long learning. Be School Ready TM ensures children have the skills they need to transition to school when they turn five.

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BestStart Education and Care Centres
Contact: 0508 2378 78278
Various locations across Hawkes Bay

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