footsteps can only ever be as good as our teachers/kaiako, so we thought it would be nice for you to meet some of them to understand what a truly inspirational bunch we have on our side with a wealth of experience:
Sue, mother of 4 boys has a wealth of early childhood experience including lecturing on the subject. She has been with footsteps for 5 years and has a special interest in how trauma and neglect can impact upon children’s learning and development. She believes that strong connected families are the building blocks to a healthy society.
Alishia graduated as an ECE teacher in 2008, and began her journey at Footsteps Poutama in 2010. She says she enjoys being part of footsteps because "she loves visiting families in their own home environment and building that one to one relationship with the caregiver/kaitiaki and tamariki".
Mum of 2 Jacqueline has been working in Early Childhood Education for 19 years. She has worked in over 2's, under 2's and even been a Centre Manager. Working for footsteps for 5 years, she is especially interested in working with under 3's to understand and help them develop a strong foundation for the future.
Deborah has been an early childhood teacher for 15 years. She was previously working in a hospital as a play specialist and came over to footsteps 6 months ago. She says "she loves being a footsteps teacher in a home-based setting because it means she can develop closer relationships with families and children to inspire learning."
Michele has been with footsteps for 8 years - go Michele! She has been a teacher for 24 years previously working in a centre based environment. She says she loves working for footsteps because she has the opportunity to tailor every learning programme to a child's interests and abilities to ensure it is unique to them.