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
Since I was a little girl I have been passionate about working with young children. This passion started when I became the pianist in my church’s Sabbath School. I was born and raised in a Christian home where music and singing was something that I loved. Sabbath afternoon walks were something that I always looked forward to doing as a family and continue to enjoy now. I feel at peace when I am in nature and enjoying the wonderful world that God created. I was recently engaged to a wonderful man and I feel so blessed and I am excited to see what God has in store for my life. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work here at Footsteps and to be able to provide children with a fun learning environment where they feel loved and can learn more about Jesus.

 

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.

 

Registered Teacher / on Maternity Leave
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.

 
 

Teacher / Student in Training
Hello there! My name is Tamara Patrix. I was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand when I was 10. New Zealand is home for me and it is where I see myself growing and becoming who I am. I have always been surrounded by teachers. My mum, dad and sister are teachers so naturally I followed in their footsteps. From a young age I watched my gorgeous mum teach and inspire her students and I always dreamed of the day where I would be able to do the same thing. I love to listen to music in my down time while being with my family. Cooking is a passion I also have and I love to cook and share meals with friends and family. I believe food brings people together to laugh and enjoy each other’s company.   This year I am studying to gain my degree in ECE. I am so excited to start this new journey. This year is going to be an extremely big year for me but I am so excited to do it alongside my family at home and my family at the Footsteps. I can’t wait to learn how to empower children and one day I hope to gain my qualifications and become an amazing teacher.

 

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.