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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.