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About Natural Steps

Natural Steps Early Childhood Centre was founded in 2009 by Early Childhood teacher Maria Salt, who has been in the education industry for 25 years. Her passion for best practice in early childhood development is based on extensive study, experience and an ongoing professional development with groups within New Zealand and worldwide.

The Natural Steps philosophy has its roots based firmly in this commitment to developing the whole child through active play and strong communication with parents.

"Working together step by step"

Our Philosophy

At Natural Steps we know children are our future...
We believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. Our role is to assist children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals.

We will assist children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas, embracing a vision of a world where people respect, accept and celebrate differences.  This is the core of what makes life so fascinating.  

 Our Vision

At Natural Steps we encourage children to become lifelong learners by developing intellectual curiosity and a thirst for discovery and achievement. We strive to create a diverse community that fosters mutual respect and social responsibility, enhanced by a strong partnership between home and the Centre.

Our Guiding Values

Respect: develop a positive feeling of esteem

Belonging: creating connections and being part of a group

Empowerment: celebrating every child's achievements

Resilience:  encouraging and developing the confidence to keep trying

Enjoyment:  ensuring life is fun