Our Teachers

 Our teachers are caring qualified teachers who provide opportunities for all children’s learning needs to be met.  Children’s ideas are valued, their creativity to be inspired and interests to be supported.   Our teachers work alongside your child in their play and skillfully extend and stimulate children’s thinking.

We have a stable workforce with long standing staff.  They work diligently to create a challenging, nurturing environment for all children that attend Natural Steps.

Trained in caring for infants, we embrace The Pikler Approach which is based on a respectful relationship between an adult and infant, through choreographed tender care moments, that are enjoyable and unhurried.  Older children experience teachers who a inspired by the Reggie Emilia Approach.

Supported by management and a robust appraisal system teachers are constantly evaluating their practice and seeking improvement to improve children’s learning outcomes.

Our teachers are supported by the owner, Maria Anstis (DipTchg(ECE)) and Regional Manager, Tiffany Sutherland (B.A.Ed GradDipBus).



Natasha Bankier - Manager   
Hi, my name is Natasha Wallace. I hold a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and have over six years’ experience. My husband Shane and I are the parents of two wonderful children Me’a and Jacob. I am dedicated to providing a loving and nurturing environment for all children at Natural Steps Ellerslie Village.

Avie Niko - Head Teacher Preschool Villa
Kia ora, my name is Avie Niko and I am the Head Teacher in the Preschool Villa at Natural Steps Ellerslie Village. I have over 20 years experience in the Early Childhood field. I hold a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and I am dedicated with nurturing the young minds of children in my care. My passions include literacy and exploration through messy play and I enjoy weaving fun through the curriculum.

Vicki Chan - Head Teacher Piccolo Room (Toddlers)

Ida Song - Head Teacher Bambino Room (Infants)


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We would love to have you and your child as part of the family.  Enrol with us today and start your child's Natural steps into early childhood education.