Age 3yrs 8 months – 5 yrs

Our environment caters for children as they grow in confidence and extends the development of the Foundational Skills towards more structured early literacy and numeracy exposure. Children are encouraged to become more self-directed as they make choices regarding their play and are supported towards independence and taking responsibility for themselves and their belongings. Inquiry based learning is strongly apparent as the children are supported to deepen their exploration of their interests and evaluate their theories about the world. The physical environment is more open and encourages the children to prepare and plan for their play choices.


BEEHIVE TEACHERS

Lead Teacher
It has always been my dream to be a teacher and after thirty years in a variety of teaching and leadership roles in the primary sector, I now love working in early childhood with your children. I was born into a Christian home where the beauty of nature and wholesome living were valued. This has helped to shape my life. I am refreshed and inspired when I spend time enjoying God’s creation and I am invigorated and rejuvenated when I am physically active. So much so, that I have the pleasure of being a gym instructor after hours. I also love travel, music, good books, and learning new things. God has blessed me with an amazing husband and three awesome children, who are now adults and who are pursuing their own dreams. I believe that children are God’s precious, priceless treasures filled with incredible potential. I also believe that Footsteps is the perfect place for these little people to be valued and nurtured outside of the home environment. I feel privileged to be a part of the fabulous Footsteps team and to be part of a group of amazing, dedicated and gifted teachers in the Beehive.

 

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kai ora, I’m Amelia Birch and have a passion for helping children grow and learn. I come from a large family with strong beliefs and values. My hobbies include hanging out at the beach, water sports, reggae festivals, being in nature and spending quality time with friends and family. I believe all children are unique in their own special ways and as a teacher at Footsteps I feel honoured to be able to work with such amazing people. I aim to build positive relationships with parents and children so we are all able to feel a strong sense of belonging and learn and grow together.

 

Registered Teacher
Talofa Lava Footsteps family. I have been working in the Beehive classroom for over a year now. Christianity is a huge part of my life and in everything I do, I strive to seek God, his wisdom and understanding. I believe God has blessed me with a passion for teaching and I am grateful to be part of each child's learning journey. I am passionate about building respectful relationships with children, parents and colleagues and it’s through relationships that we can achieve anything with Gods help. I enjoy being around family and friends and attending Youth events and activities. I am huge on culture and believe that culture is very important in a child’s life and to help develop their identity. I love that I get to hang out with all the families, children and colleagues at Footsteps.

 

School Readiness & Non-Contact Release
Hi. I am Jeannie. I have a Montessori Diploma and a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood. These qualifications were gained while I was working in the early childhood sector in Singapore where we lived for 18 years. I love being back in New Zealand so I can enjoy all the outdoor spaces and God’s creations; beaches, bush walks and mountains. It is an amazing privilege to work at Footsteps with a team of dedicated teachers who love God and are committed to helping children know Christ too. Each child is so unique and special and I love partnering with the families to nurture and support their child’s development into confident explorers and learners.

 

RELIEVERS, VOLUNTEERS AND STUDENT TEACHERS

In addition to our regular team, we also have regular relieving teachers and volunteers that form part of our Footsteps whanau. While not in the centre on a daily basis, they are still an important part of our team and bring a variety of skills, passions, cultures and interests that enrich our centre life and the childrens' learning.

As a Centre we are committed to assisting and supporting students (teachers in training) to gain experience as they work towards their qualifications. Students are a valued part of the teaching team, providing ideas, support for the teachers and interacting and engaging with the children. In addition to the students undertaking their required hours at our centre we also will host students for their practicum teaching assignments throughout the year. One of our trained teachers, along with their training institution tutor, will oversee their training.