BestStart Coast to open its doors to local children

Expect to hear lots of laughter and happy play when some of our littlest local learners move into their new home at Coast later this year.

A purpose-built BestStart early learning centre will open its doors in the town centre in a couple of months. It will cater for up to 125 children, ranging in age from babies to six-year-olds.

The first residents of the light, modern new premises will be staff and children from BestStart Manly, who will move into the new centre when it opens, bringing with them the much-loved Tallulah the rabbit and the centre’s fish, Mr Fish and Chip.

But Centre Manager Michaela Pavis says with extra space and a waiting list of families for the centre, it won’t be long until new teachers and children join the initial group.

Michaela says the new centre boasts rooms with great resources and equipment to encourage children’s learning and development. It also offers gorgeous sea views and a fun, challenging playground.

“Our open-flow classrooms allow for small groups of children to focus on activities they’re really interested in. They’ll be learning through play, which is the best way to learn. Children will be supported to gain the social skills they’ll keep developing throughout their lives. They’ll be getting used to playing alongside others, sharing toys, expressing themselves and problem solving with a kind, supportive teaching team.”

But not all the learning happens within the walls of the new centre.

“Exploring our community is a significant strength for BestStart Coast - local excursions are a part of our curriculum on a regular basis. They give our children the knowledge and understanding to connect their worlds between home and the centre,” Michaela says.

“We’re close to all things Coast-related. That means the supermarket, library, Arkles Bay Beach, Whangaparaoa College, and main bus route are at our doorstep for us to explore.”

BestStart is Kiwi owned and operated and has more than 260 early learning centres around New Zealand. Staff work alongside approximately 19,000 families.

BestStart Deputy Chief Executive Fiona Hughes says the organisation has been providing quality education for more than 24 years. She says that every BestStart centre is different and engages appropriately with each unique community.

“We have a big focus on engaging families to the degree they’d like to be involved. At every step along a child’s journey, we aim to provide quality learning and experiences. It’s that focus that makes us sparkle.”

Some of the teachers who will join BestStart Coast have been teaching and caring for local children for more than 20 years.

“We have a wealth of experience on the team. Together, we’ll nurture our tamariki to be bold, courageous, and confident every day. The adventure begins here!” says Michaela.

If you want to be part of this fun adventure, please visit BestStart Manly at 3 Moreton Drive or phone (09) 4241877 for more information.

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