Welcome to our centre

Our extensive out door area provides a wonderful physical play space for the children - lots of opportunities for exploration and play, the chance to appreciate nature, and a cool, sun-safe environment in summer.

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Teaching Team

At First Five Inc we view as essential having trained and experienced teachers working with the children. All permanent staff are fully trained, holding either a Bachelor of Education (teaching) ECE or a Diploma of Teaching (ECE), and are registered teachers.

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Read the wonderful things parents have to say about their child's time at First Five.

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First Five Early Childhood Centre Porirua

Helping children grow through support, education and encouragement. Teachers, parents, family/whanau and the wider community.

He kura tangata He kura whanau - a person educated is a community educated.

First Five is a not-for-profit, community based childcare centre that offers both full and part time high quality childcare for children aged from 4 months to 5 years. We are located in the heart of the Cannons Creek community on the grounds of Cannons Creek Primary School, only a short drive from central Porirua.

First Five is licensed for 25 children aged from 4 months to 5 years and our small group sizes enable us to achieve our aim of a family atmosphere where children, teachers and family are all able to get to know each other well, and where everyone is treated as an individual. We offer children opportunities to develop relationships where they are able to learn and practice those important social skills of caring for others, both older and younger than themselves. We encourage the belief that First Five is your child’s ‘Home away from Home’.

Parental involvement is supported and encouraged within the centre, and while the daily sessions are run by a team of highly experienced, trained and registered teachers there are a number of ways that parents are able to be involved in the centre through; participation and contribution to the assessment of their child’s learning and involvement in planning for their child, membership of the management committee, supporting the centre through involvement in working bees, fundraising and social events.

Our logo was designed to reflect our bicultural curriculam and all aspects of our centre community. The four blue leaves represent parents, family, teachers and community, the four most important areas of influence in a child’s life. The children are depicted as the koru within each leaf of the tree symbolising learning and growth, and also emphasising our links with and commitment to the environment of Aotearoa.