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CARING

EDUCATIONAL

FRIENDLY

FUN

Little Steps is lead by a team that is passionate about children

and wish to make a child’s time at our center a calm, enjoyable,

and extremely positive experience.

Our Team

Little Steps is an Early Childhood Education Center as well as providing Before After School Care (Bigger Steps). It is lead by a team that is passionate about children and wish to make a child’s time at our center a calm, enjoyable and extremely positive experience. Our team have an extensive knowledge on caring for children and believe one of the most important factors to happiness is the feeling of belonging. We aim to make each child feel that they are a huge part of the Little Steps family and help them develop a strong sense of self confidence that will carry them into their next part of their learning journey.

Mark and Wendy Hinton

Mark and Wendy Hinton

The Pioneers of Little Steps
Melissa Hann

Melissa Hann

Head Teacher infants (qualified)
Anthea Shaw

Anthea Shaw

Teacher preschool (qualified)
Aotea Rarere

Aotea Rarere

Teacher infants
Keitha Hancock

Keitha Hancock

Teacher infants
Kiri Carr

Kiri Carr

Teacher preschool & Bigger Steps teacher
Lizzie Callingham

Lizzie Callingham

Teacher preschool (qualified)
Ariana

Ariana

Bigger Steps teacher
Laura Lambkin

Laura Lambkin

Teacher toddlers (qualified)
Neil Bosson

Neil Bosson

Head Teacher preschool (qualified)
Rhea Cooper-Clarkson

Rhea Cooper-Clarkson

Cook
Tracey Bennett

Tracey Bennett

Bigger Steps and Relief Teacher ECE
Anita Rooyakkers

Anita Rooyakkers

Teacher ECE - Qualified
Amy Walsh - Teacher ECE

Amy Walsh - Teacher ECE

Relief Cook
Carol Jager

Carol Jager

Relief Teacher ECE and Relief Cook
Jenn Branson

Jenn Branson

Teacher ECE
Letitia Bloor

Letitia Bloor

Teacher ECE - Qualified
Jackie Childs

Jackie Childs

Teacher ECE - Qualified
Maria Ingram

Maria Ingram

Administration
Alesha Bland

Alesha Bland

Teacher ECE - Qualified
Emma Bolger

Emma Bolger

Teacher Toddlers

Curriculum

At Little Steps we use Te Whāriki to guide our practice. Te Whāriki is the national curriculum for children from birth to the start of school. Teachers weave together the principles and strands in Te Whāriki to create a holistic, child-centred, locally reflected curriculum.

We believe that children learn through play. Our teachers design planning and set up our environment to give children exposure to key curriculum areas such as: art, health and physical education, language, mathematics, science, social sciences, and technology. However, these curriculum areas are weaved throughout our day and are introduced in fun and natural ways. This looks different in each of our rooms depending on the age and stage of the children. Our aim is to provide children with new experiences and expose them to many areas of knowledge and information. This helps them to develop their own ideas, interests, and working theories, which are then supported and extended by their teachers.

What Others Have To Say About Us

Our daughter (2.5years old) has been going to Little Steps since it opened + loves it there. She has formed a great bond with the staff in her room. The staff are all amazing at Little Steps + they provide an excellent service for the children. We loved the fact there is an undercover outdoor area meaning the children can still be outside in winter + wet days.

Would highly recommend Little Steps Early Childhood Education Centre.