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Welcome to our Centre

At Happy Steps, we provide a ‘home away from home’, nurturing and cosy environment, where your child receives meaningful care, as well as personalised learning and development. We are open 7.30am-5.30pm, Monday – Friday, with spacious indoor and outdoor play areas with a large deck creating wonderful indoor/outdoor flow. Nestled near the bank of the Wairoa River in Dargaville, we offer excellent care & education for local families in the community.

Your child will love our Infant & Toddler and Preschool Rooms which are tailored to each learning and development step. Both rooms are well laid out for fun and learning at every age and stage, including family play, art area, music and movement, as well as quiet space for reading and reflection.

There’s also plenty of natural resources with space to explore. We are fortunate to have our very own centre cook 5 days a week who prepares nutritious & delicious meals for all of our enrolled children within the centre; morning-tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack.

At Happy Steps, our experienced teachers are warm, welcoming and fun. They guide our tamariki to engage in challenging experiences and treat all children with respect, providing equal opportunities to ensure your child gets the best start in life.

Parents love the rich sense of community that we instill within the centre, and our curriculum at Happy Steps reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We values input from parents, teachers, whānau, children and our wonderful community.

"The staff at Happy Steps are incredibly kind and patient with all of the students. They are all well qualified and work extremely hard to care for and teach the students. The facilities are amazing and the kids really enjoy their time in the centre. We would highly recommend anyone in Dargaville to enrol their kids at Happy Steps. (Thanks Happy Steps for caring for our daughter over the past two years. You guys are amazing and deserve all the praise in the world. Thank you!)"

Reuben Cohen
Parent

"I am continuing to be amazed at how much Jack is learning at your centre. I try teaching him the alphabet or numbers or even days of the week and he doesn't want to know, but since he's been back after a break over Christmas, he's been singing days of the week songs and trying to have a go at the alphabet! You guys are so incredible and I thank you so much for having Jack. I will be so sad when this year is over and he's off to school!"

Gaewyn Pook
Parent

"We loved our time with you guys. We felt so at home and you all catered to Ella-Rose's high demanding needs and took it on with a laugh. We couldn't of asked for a better place than Happy Steps for her. We are both sad we are no longer there but glad to see your faces around town. Will always recommend this place and carry it in our heart as the best daycare centre!"

Megan Plunkett
Parent
Preschool boy drawing

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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!