Meet The Team
Hello and Welcome to NavyBaby!
We absolutely love interacting with our customers and always strive to provide excellent customer service through our communications with you all.
We are sisters originally from Central Otago. We have a strong passion for how young children play and the importance of natural, open ended toys. Our aim is to provide children with real world items through heuristic / loose part play resources to foster opportunities to discover, imagine, create and direct their own natural learning and free play.
In early 2017 we finally took the plunge and launched NavyBaby! We believe every child deserves opportunities to play and discover with more natural, real world items and wanted to create awareness around this type of play/philosophy and in turn accessibility across New Zealand. We wanted to focus on affordable and quality products to meet the needs of families and educators. We teamed up and have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the support and success we have had so far!
I'm a stay at home Mum down in the deep south. I love getting outside and exploring our amazing country with my Husband and baby girl and am passionate about how the natural environment can be a wonderful tool for learning. Learning about heuristic play items and the benefits has been so eye opening and watching my girl grow with these items gives me so much drive to continue growing NavyBaby and reaching more parents and educators. When I do find spare time I love anything involving fresh air, water and family! I'm enjoying working alongside my sister and love hearing back from so many parents and educators about their happy, engaged babies who are flourishing with NavyBaby products!
I am a qualified early childhood teacher who specializes in respectful care practices. Being a Head Teacher of an infant and toddler room since 2014 has embedded my admiration for the work of Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler which fostered my passion for open ended items and free play. I love using heuristic, loose part play items to provide greater outcomes for children. Its very rewarding to nurture a calm, respectful environment where children can naturally develop at their own pace and grow and flourish through open ended play opportunities. In my spare time I love hiking, cooking healthy meals, reading and spending time with my partner, family and friends. Collaborating with my sister has been an amazing experience, we both bring strengths to the partnership and are excited to continue the NavyBaby vision!
Latoya & Chloe x