Red Beach resident Michaela Pavis has worked for BestStart’s early childhood education centre for 10 years, the past three on the Coast.

What do you love about being an early childhood educator?

Forming relationships with tamariki and whanau and walking alongside the child’s village to support them and their child in their learning journey.

Why is BestStart such a special place for children to learn at?

We love to play! We provide lots of fun and interactive experiences, activities and resources which equates to a lot of learning! Our teaching team is experienced and have a mutual love of providing the highest quality care and education. We love what we do!

What is your favourite thing about the new custom-built BestStart centre at Coast?

The larger space! Also, our location - we are so close to everything Coast related including Arkles Bay Beach, Whangaparaoa Library and bus routes.

Kids are great teachers – what is the most important thing you have learned in your time at BestStart?

Smile! Customer service is key 😊

You’re at Coast every day – what are the centre’s hidden gems?

I spend a lot of time at Majestic Tea Bar! Their caramel slice is the best.

What are you looking forward to most this year?

Welcoming more Coast children and families into our centre.

When you are not caring for Coast kids at BestStart, what are you doing?

Spending time with my family and friends.

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