Hi, my name is Natallie. I’ve been in home-based childcare for 5 years. I have recently moved to Blenheim from Rotorua and been with Step2Growth since February 2015. I am a mother with a 5-year-old boy, who treats children in my care as my own.
Work experience & environment
My home is set out so that the children can learn in an optimum environment. As I have quite young ones in my care, the floor is kept clear so they have plenty of room to scoot around and get to where they need to. I have a spacious yard with a variety of resources so that the children can enjoy the Marlborough sunshine whenever they like.
2010 - present
2010 - present
I believe in home-based childcare where the child can learn and have more one-on-one time with me and the other children. I love to see the children gaining new skills along the way, developing a sense of belonging in a home-based environment.
I believe it is important to form relationships with family and the children within your setting. Letting them know that you are available, and being approachable. It is important to communicate with families and children so that everyone can contribute towards a child’s learning and development.
It is important for children to have access to learning opportunities and experiences that encourage them to become confident and competent learners.
The environment is the third teacher and needs to be mindfully set up every day. My role as a teacher is to facilitate children’s learning. Treating children equally but providing equitable opportunities so that everyone can succeed, having patience with the children that need extra support and extending the children that are ahead.
I am fully inclusive of all children. The key is being sensitive, knowledgeable and responsive to their needs.
I will be a responsive and respectful teacher to the needs of children, noticing, recognising and responding to their learning needs in all areas of the curriculum.
I will create a safe place for children to learn, where they feel comfortable to be themselves and safe from harm because children learn better when all their needs are met.
New Zealand is a bi-cultural nation and I will incorporate Te Reo Māori and Tikanga into the daily curriculum that I teach to develop a respect for New Zealand’s cultural heritage.
Respect should be at the base of care for all children.
I have spent 4 years working in early childcare centres working mainly with children children under the age of 2.
I have made the change to in-home child care to be able to provide children with quality care in a calm, safe, happy, warm environment. I am most excited about having regular outings like music, playgroup, visiting the rest home and getting into nature.
I have many open ended resources for children’s imagination to come alive and develop as they explore and make sense of the world around them.Our triple sliding door allows easy flow to outside where children can play in different spaces on the deck, in the shade of the garages or relax on the grass.
Hi I’m Amanda, Step 2 Growth’s newest educator.
I am super excited to start this new adventure with in-home childcare and the other kaiako at Step 2 Growth. I am a Blenheim born girl, returning after 5 years of studying and working in the North Island after high school.
I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Years (Birth to Eight) in 2015. I completed my full teachers registration September 2017 and have since gotten married to my loving husband Conrad. We are blessed to be an integral part of a small church in Blenheim.