Jordan Nickerson

ECE Kaituitui/ Coordinator

(Dip Tch ECE)



About me...


Hey! I’m Jordan and I am a mum to two beautiful boys. Born and raised in Gisborne, I have a strong sense of culture and understand the importance of keeping New Zealand's history alive and well. After spending some time in the states as a teenager I came back to New Zealand and completed high school, swiftly moving into early childhood education, becoming qualified by the age of 21. We have lived in Blenheim for six years now and we love this town thoroughly, I feel this is a great place to raise children, there is a rich sense of community here as well as a tonne of places to explore, which is handy with 2 busy boys.

Work experience 


I have been the co-ordinator for Step 2 Growth since 2012. Before this I held many positions within ECE, including 2IC, head teacher and programme manager for Te Reo and music.

My passion has always been with Early Childhood Education and with over 10 years' experience behind me, I have finally found a service I love and support within home-based education. It is so nice to work for a company that is family-orientated, ensuring the perfect work/life balance, which is beneficial as a working mum.




My philosophy


I truly believe that home-based education provides the best quality care for children, particularly under 2-year-olds. The low ratio of 1 educator to up to 4 children at any one time with no more than 2 babies ensures that children are receiving care that is enriched and loving, while your child’s sense of self is affirmed at all times.


Educators invest a huge part of themselves into looking after and educating the children that are entrusted to their care, and they take the responsibility of being chosen as your child’s educator seriously. Children and their families gain another special person in their lives that they come to depend and rely on, and the relationships that are built are irreplaceable.


Step 2 Growth offers true quality care and it is my job to ensure that your child/ren receive the best in home-based education, whilst ensuring the educators are well supported.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Angela Eaton

Kaiwhakahaere/ Owner- Director

(Training towards Btch in ECE) 


About me..


Kia Ora, I'm Ang and i have been at the heart of Step 2 Growth since 2011. Early Childhood Education is my passion and i have been so blessed to work in childcare since 2006. I am a mum to a very spirited beautiful daughter as well as a 4 legged pooch, family is a huge part of our life in Marlborough.  

I have qualifications in childcare and small business management. I am currently studying toward my Bachelors in ECE and working part time as an educator - as the children are the life of the company.

Work experience 


I have been lucky enough to have work experience on a farm, and administration before settling into ECE. When i turned 17 i was given an amazing opportunity as a nanny, which nurtured my passion in this industry, after 2 years as a nanny i became a home-based educator. I started Step 2 Growth in 2011, this all started from a desire to do more for the families in my care and tailor a service that meets the needs of our community while supporting and inspiring other like minded educators. 

My philosophy


I love the uniquness of home-based childcare and the ability it has to be flexible for whanau an kaiako, while the tamariki experience the benefits of one primary care giver. As we know, infants and young children are at a critical and fundamental stage of brain development. Your chosen  Educator is entering into a ‘partnership of trust’ with them. When that foundation of trust is nurtured, a young child's learning journey will be supported and extended at that child's own pace. I believe the ‘transfer of trust’ that occurs between family and Educator is a cherished and unique relationship. The small groups in Home-based care, here at Step 2 Growth ( of no more than 4 children), reflects the family feel which encompasses inclusiveness and belonging. Our Educators can give ‘full attention’ to your children,  encouraging them to develop in self identity and learning. I believe this is the key to growing confident competent children who can become their own unique selves.