“With Step 2 Growth you get the
best of both worlds”
Step 2 Growth is a locally owned and operated home-based childcare service in the Marlborough Region created in 2011 to provide a more affordable form of quality childcare. The vision was to build stronger relationships between all parties (Kaiako, whanau, Step 2 Growth and the tamariki), working together as a team to provide the best experiences for the tamariki in care. We have quarterly meetings to ensure all our kaiako know the changes and have a say in the running of the business, giving them motivation and inspiration as stakeholders within Step 2 Growth. We run regular playgroups and encourage our kaiako to attend community excursions to ensure tamariki in our care get the best experiences in their community.
With Step 2 Growth you are assured of the best of both worlds by either being a kaiako and having the opportunity to work from the comfort of your own whare doing something you are passionate about, or as whanau seeking childcare within a secure home-based setting that provides educational learning experiences that enhance and support the growth and development of tamariki to become confident and competent individuals.
Knowing that a good kaiako is one who is well supported and has resources when needed, and a good whanau is one who is involved in their child’s education, a happy tamaiti is created by passionate care and teamwork between all parties, generating strong trusting bonds.
Step 2 Growth is a locally owned and operated business. Together as a team we are one whanau helping other whanau.
“We value relationships that form
Step 2 Growth believe in the power of learning through play, and that when a child is in control of their own learning their life skills are developed until they are ready for more conventional classroom environment learning. Our educators are encouraged to support the concept of guided participation and support the children in their care, to provide them with an environment where they can explore, develop rational thinking, empathy, patience and a sense of belonging.
Step 2 Growth promises to remain committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and will be dedicated in keeping Te Reo alive as a living language. We will be culturally inclusive, and will strive to be aware of Tikanga Maori in our environments, along with any cultural customs we encounter.
Step 2 Growth believe in the power of teamwork, working with children, working with parents and whanau, and working with the wider community to be co-constructors of knowledge. Step 2 Growth will facilitate regular excursions to encourage interests and relationships within the community. Whanau are equal partners in encouraging their children to learn, and participation in their children’s education is not only encouraged, but is expected in order to help children become effective communicators and to also become trusting , with a great sense of well-being.
Step 2 Growth implements the policy of primary caregiving, particularly for the infants and toddlers within our care. Lower ratios mean that these children know that they have a reliable adult that will care for them day by day, and is the next best thing to their caregivers at home. Their needs are met appropriately and promptly.
Step 2 Growth is passionate about quality home-based early childcare and education, and we want to do everything we can to provide the next best thing to children being at home with whanau. Your educator will become your whanau, and we believe in building the best possible relationship in order to encourage our children to be a generation of wonderful people. We support the concept of Ā tōna wā - ceding them the autonomy to master positive learning dispositions and skills in their own time, and educators are encouraged to slow down and be fully present with the tamariki as they play. With the combination of all of the above, and while working with the New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum Te Whariki we will work together to encourage our children to be “Competent and confident learners, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society” (Te Whariki, page 5).
Promote warm nurturing care to all tamariki
Promote stimulating learning environments within a home-based setting
Form strong bonds between our kaiako, tamariki and their families/whanau
Share special moments and learning for each tamaiti through an individual learning journal
Provide the community with the opportunity to further their career and knowledge with relevant training and professional development
Provide and promote nutritional food to establish healthy eating habits
Provide a before-school check of learning goals