Find the Perfect Fit

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We strengthen your child’s development by providing specific entry level stages matched for their age and ability.

Our Approach Centres Fees

Your Mangement Team

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success." Henry Ford.

Meet our management team:

Maria Anstis 
Maria is Founder and Area Manager of Natural Steps.
I have over 30 years experience in the care and education industry; I hold a nursing qualification, worked overseas as a nanny and have a Diploma of Teaching (ECE).  I am an advocate for quality in early childhood for children and families. As a mother of two children this has given me valuable insight from a parent's perspective.  I am a member of national and international childcare organizations and have attended and presented at national and international conferences.  Welcome to all our children and families.  I hope Natural Steps beocmes part of your family.

Emma Hopkinson
Natural Steps Ellerslie Village
Kia Ora, I am Emma Hopkinson the Centre Manager of Natural Steps Ellerslie Village. My partner and I are loving parents to our daughter, Natalia and son, Braxton. I hold a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and have been with our team for ten years. I enjoy playing outdoor netball for Mellon's Bay, walking my Terrier Duke and keeping busy with friends and family.

Vicki Pickles
Natural Steps Albany 
I am the Centre Manager and a shareholder of Natural Steps ALBANY. I am married with 2 children.  I was born in the U.K. and have lived in NZ for 15 years. I have over 20 years' experience caring for young children and their families and I have my ECE Diploma from New Zealand and the U.K.

I am very excited about this role as I am extremely passionate about the care and education that is given to our children.  I believe that building relationships, being respectful and considerate  with children and their families is fundamental to a child's positive development.