Children are confident and independent learners who settle quickly on arrival. Their sense of belonging is nurtured and they are happy and content in their play. Children’s learning through play is valued and respected. They are encouraged to follow their curiosities and develop their own working theories about the world.
Children experience warm, caring and genuine relationships with teachers. Their social and emotional development is well supported. Trusting partnerships with parents support children’s learning and wellbeing effectively. Parents are provided with opportunities to contribute to the planned curriculum. Children’s learning stories reflect their interests, development and parents aspirations.
Teachers genuinely listen to children. They engage children in conversations that help them develop their understanding and explore deeper meanings in their learning. Children are empowered to take increased responsibility for themselves and each other. Teachers are responsive to children’s interests and preferences. They have an understanding of each child as a unique learner.
Children under the age of two are very well catered for. Teachers maintain a calm, unhurried pace in which younger children have space and time to lead their learning. They work closely with families to ensure that home routines are followed. The centre offers a valuable service to parents and children under two. Parents continue to choose the centre as an effective transition between full-time care at home and a larger early learning service.
The centre owner promotes a culture in which children are valued, celebrated and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to learning. She promotes a shared understanding among the teaching team of the centre’s philosophy, vision and goals. Staff are supported to complete relevant professional development that supports positive outcomes for all children.
Thank you for all the last few years looking after our Ava (and James!). It’s such a special place an we will miss you all very, very muc.
From our parents and children
Hamish and I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for Alice over the course of her time with you at Stepping Stones. It has been great to be part of your world.
I can’t believe this day has come, you have been a part of our lives for 3 years now. It will be such a wretch not going to you…They couldn’t have had a better start anywhere and I am very grateful we found you.
We want to say a BIG THANK YOU for all you have done for both Zach and Ruby, and our family. You have been the smile at the bottom of the driveway and the listening ears. We appreciate all you have done…
A heartfelt thanks for all that you have done for Zac (and me!!) during his time at Stepping Stones. The warmth and high level of care and support at your centre is an absolute credit to you. We are going to miss you hugely…
We are very happy with Stepping Stones and the wonderful team alongside you. I sometimes feel like we (the parents) don’t stop to tell you often enough as we sail in the door and out again, off to the next activity. The fact that you have a real family feel, the numbers are kept to a minimum and children tend to be aged up to 3ish is something very special. Grace loves it and I am always happy to leave her…
Just a quick note to thank you very much for all the effort you put into Elyse’s portfolio. We have had it available on the kitchen table for the whole of the school holidays for Dad, Nannas, Grandads etc to browse through. I have found Elyse on a number of occasions, over the break, sitting on the floor with it having a good look through and chatting to herself. It’s a wonderful recording of some special moments of her pre-school life, so thank you very much.
Kevin and I are absolutely delighted with the progress of our children at Stepping Stones…[we] are particularly thrilled with the teacher-to-child ratio implemented at Stepping Stones. To our knowledge we know of no other local day care centre that can boast such a favourable teacher presence…
We have no doubt [Layla] will dearly miss all her wonderful and lively friends and her loving and nurturing teachers. Stepping Stones has been like a second home, a place of familiarity, safety and fun, fun, fun. Thank you for all the support you have offered us over the last year. You have been a true blessing.
Feel sad Tilly is leaving as she’s been so loved and cared for by you all… I can’t thank you all enough and will be sure to visit regularly and keep in touch of course, as through the past two and bit years we have all become good friends. Thank you so, so much for your kindness and love towards my precious bundle of cuteness – Tilly. She will be sure to miss you all!.
I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate all of the nurturing, guidance and patience you have shown me during my time at Stepping Stones. You really helped to shape me into the big boy I am today and given me the confidence and skills to take on the adventures ahead…
We’re going to miss you and the staff and kids at Stepping Stones…Grace’s second home for the last 3 years!
Neil and I can’t thank you enough for all your support and advice, and for how you’ve cared for Grace and been so instrumental in her development.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you both for providing a caring and nurturing environment for Noa and all his friends. Knowing Noa is in safe hands has made the transition back to work much easier for me, for which I am very grateful. It’s great to see him running down the drive so excited that it’s daycare day!
THANK YOU so much for the love and care you have given Ruby and our family. You have all really been a lifeline in Auckland while we settled in.
Stepping Stones Child Care Centre was established in 1994 and has been operating under the same ownership and management, and on the same site from the beginning. We often meet up with young adults who have fond early memories of their early childhood days at Stepping Stones.