Our First Steps Team


Hi my name is Tammy Hayes. I have been the proud Owner/Operator of First Steps Daycare since 2000. I am an ECE graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute with a BA. I have been in the childcare profession for over 30 years and I understand Quality Childcare first-hand. Our facility is enveloped with the Professional Development I pride myself in having. I participate in professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis through workshops, conferences, and Institutes. My skills and knowledge...
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Hello, my name is Denise and I am a loving and caring mother of two wonderful children. After achieving my Nursery Nursing Examination Board Diploma in England, I worked as a daily nanny and later moved on to work as a manager at a daycare with a capacity of 140 children. I have worked in the child care field my whole, adult life and would not change it for the world! Having over 34 years of experience I can honestly say each day has never been the same and I love my profession!
I see the children in my care as...
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Hi, I’m Rebecca! I’m currently in my fourth year of Child, Youth and Family at the University of Guelph. I have loved learning about children in class and continue to learn alongside them at First Steps. Spending time with children and developing a trusting relationship with each child and their families is a privilege, I am grateful for the joys and rewarding experiences each day!


Hey, my name is Hannah! I will be attending Mohawk College in September but I've enjoyed working full time at First Steps since June, 2019. Everyday, I am learning more and more about this profession and falling more and more in love! I am very fortunate to have the opportunity of teaching, guiding, befriending and loving the wonderful children in our care. Watching them discover new things and develop new skills bring me as much joy as I observe it bring them. I genuinely believe each and every...
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Hi, my name is Rebecca Pollington
but, all my friends call me Becca. 
I am a recent graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at Conestoga College. As an educator I believe the best way to teach children is through play and by being a co-learner along side the children. Children are eager to learn about the world around them and it’s my belief that we are to encourage this exploration by incorporating their interests into our curriculum. Being an educator isn’t just about teaching it’s also about relationship building...
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My name is Angela and I’m the cook at First Steps. I studied culinary 
nutrition at George Brown College and I believe passionately that proper nutrition is the foundation of good health. I look forward to creating and cooking delicious, healthy meals and snacks for everyone at First Steps.


Hello! My name is Sabrina and I am an Early Childhood Assistant here at First Steps! I have been working in childcare for nine years and love everyday that I get to learn and grow with the children. During my career, I have worked in Georgetown, Oakville and Guelph. As I complete my ECE program while working,  I look forward to expanding my knowledge to help each child become the best version of themselves. I love watching the children explore their environment through play and develop new skills each day. I look...
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Hi, my name is Lorissa Schirmer. I enjoy being outdoors and love to go camping. Some of my hobbies are dancing, basketball, and volleyball. I also really love traveling. I've been to Florida, Mexico, and Hawaii. I am hoping to take a trip to Germany soon as I can speak a little German. I love spending time with children and enjoy making connections and getting to know each of their individual personalities. I took my Co-op high school placement here at First Steps and started working here not too long after. I have worked at...
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