Sunday, February 18, 2018
Staff and Board Members Minimize

Stepping Stones Child Development is staffed by a group of highly experienced, professional and caring Teachers and Teacher Assistants. 


Nikki Payne

Nikki has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and is registered with the Teachers Registration Board of WA. She enjoys meeting all of the new children and their families when they start at Stepping Stones. She thrives on seeing the children grow and develop during their time at Stepping Stones. Nikki loves teaching through music, movement, drama and storytelling. She is a mother to 4 boys and in her spare time she enjoys reading and outdoor activities. 


- Director

- Teacher



Trish Owen

Trish has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education. She is registered with the Teachers Registration Board of WA.                    

Trish is a mother of a teenage daughter and loves to talk, dance and sing (although says she doesn't do the latter very well!). 




Amy Newnham

Amy has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and is currently completing her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. She joined Stepping Stones CDC in 2015 after working as a relief teacher in primary schools and also taught children and adults tennis.

Her hobbies are shopping and she loves to spend time in the southwest of WA.

- Teacher Assistant

Gaik Lim

Gaik has worked with children in playgroups, Sunday School and was a kindergarten teacher in a Montessori School.


She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma for the Montessori Method of Education (from birth to 6 years). Gaik also completed a Certificate III in Education Support.


Outside of work she enjoys shopping, baking and cooking.

- Teacher Assistant



Tatiana Stringer

Tatiana has a B.Sc in Psychology at Canterbury University, NZ and has 8 years experience working with children at an interactive science museum.

She is a mother of a 2 year old girl with another on the way and loves incorporating music into our lessons.

- Teacher Assistant



Jenny Deeks

Jenny's background of Engineering & Architecture has given her the skills to work with numbers.  She spent many years working in Accountant Practices before working at Stepping Stones.

Jenny loves spending time with her children & grandchildren and enjoys golf, swimming, bike riding & gardening.  

- Accounts



The Stepping Stones Board

Stepping Stones Child Development Centre is run by a board as elected by East Fremantle Baptist Church.

  •   Harold Preston (Chairman)   
  •   Nikki Payne (Director)
  •   Raymond Shanhun                                                                                                                                                                   
  •   Jaimi-Lee Jeffries   
  •   Andrea Kenneally
  •   Mhairi (Vari) Flay  
  •   Dale Milliken