At Natural Steps we encourage parents and family to visit the centre before they enrol their child.   



We appreciate that settling into a new environment can be an exciting and sensitive time for children and parents.  We endeavour to make the transition from home to centre as smooth as possible.  building a strong partnership between parents / family and staff is a very important step.

We believe that each and every child is unique and respect the special routines that you have developed at home. We value any information that you can share with us regarding your child's routines, preferences and personality.

Visits before your child starts+
  • On the first visit parents are invited to stay at the centre with their child and get to know staff and centre routines.  This is a lovely time for staff to chat with the parent about their child.  A staff member will show you where the policies and procedures can be found, the programme displays, portfolios, medicine booklet, menu display, sign-in sheet and parent information board.  Nursery children will be given their bag and journal.
  • On the second visit we ask the parent to leave the child with us for an hour. 

What to bring+

We need you to dress your child in sensible and comfortable play clothes. The children do get paint and glue on their clothing from time to time.  They will also need;

Babies and infants:+
  • A bag and Journal is provided by the centre for children in the nursery.
  • 3 complete change of clothes, including socks and underwear.
  •  A familiar comforting toy/blanket/dummy if they have one
  • In summer a named sunhat that can be left at the centre
  • In winter a coat, woollen hat and gumboots (optional).
  • The centre provides nappy cream and sun cream however you are welcome  bring your own from home to keep at the centre.
  • If your child is on breast milk or formula you will need to provide this made up in bottles. Cows milk is provided by the Centre.

Toddler and Preschool:+
  • A special bag (like the one they will take to school) to put their belongings in.
  • A NAMED drink bottle that can be left at the centre. Teachers will ensure that it is cleaned everyday.
  • A familiar comforting toy/blanket/dummy if they have one
  • Shoes that are easy to get on and off by the child. Some children bring slippers for inside play.
  • Children that are being toilet trained will need extra changes of clothes and extra spare underpants. 
  • In summer a named sunhat that can be left at the centre
  • In winter a coat, woollen hat and gumboots (optional).



Enrol today

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.