Please note that these Keynote presentations and workshops are for the 2015 Celebrating Learning Stories conference that was held on 30 & 31 October.  We will update this page with Learning Stories from each presenter as soon as possible.


Keynotes

Friday evening keynote

Wendy Lee, Jo Colbert, Lorraine Sands & Lynn Rupe - E-Portfolios or Paper-Based Portfolios - This Is The Question! 

With the advent of the ePortoflio some unexpected outcomes have emerged.  Many of us have been very excited by the possibilities of such a platform for making learning and teaching visible.  However, in the drive to capture  markets and find access points for business some critical principles of assessment are being overlooked.  This keynote will explore some of these issues.

The ELP team is passionate about developing documentation that is central to building the learner identity of the child.  This is not achieved when documentation is carried out primarily to meet accountability measures, sometimes technology hinders engagement and deep connections, as teachers are challenged to respond to chidlren and to be present in the moment.  It is Learning Stories and focused pedagogical documentation that will make a diffrence to the child's learning life.  If the documentation is thoughtful, reflective and makes visible the learnining of the child, then we believe it will have the potential to meet many accountability requirements while also building learner identity.  But learner identity needs to be the major focus.  Building on a notion of working smarter, not harder, Learning Stories have the potential to:

  • make learning visible
  • strengthen relationships
  • make visible the continuity of learning
  • build the identity of the learner
  • engage the family
  • support transitions
  • contribute to accountability

About Wendy, Jo, Lorraine & Lynn

You can find out more about Wendy and the ELP team here.


 

 

Saturday keynotes

Professor Margaret Carr - Why Story?  Issues of Continuity

I have been recently re-looking at the first Learning Story book, published in 2001 by Sage Publications in London.  It has just been translated into Mandarin and the translator has asked me for an Introduction.  The second Learning Story book, co-authored by myself and Wendy Lee and published in 2012, has already been translated into Mandarin.

There is enthusiasm in China for Learning Stories - and this is both amazing and interesting.  Learning Story books have also been translated into Japanese, Korean, Italian and Norwegian.  The early years curriculum in all these countries is different than Te Whāriki.  

Why story?  This keynote will discuss this question.

About Margaret

I began my career in early childhood education as a kindergarten teacher in Hamilton, and that experience was valuable for me when I took up a lectureship at the Hamilton Teachers College - which later amalgamated with the University of Waikato.  I became a Professor there in 2005 and in 2013, with the other early childhood staff at the University, we established the Early Years Research Centre: He Kōhanga Toi Tangata.  

I continue to research and write about early childhood education.  Recent books include: Carr & Lee (2012) Learning Stories: Constructing Learner Identities In The Early Years (sage), and Lee, Carr, Soutar & Mitchell (2013) Understanding the Te Whāriki Approach (Routledge).  Current research projects include a study of Children Visiting a Museum/He Taonga, He Rerenga Arorangi with Browen Cowie, Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips and Brenda Soutar, and a study of Children's Story Telling with Amanda Bateman, Alex Gunn and Elaine Reese.


 

Why Story?  Why Learning Stories?  Building A Conversation With A Few Of My Favourite Authors?

The Powerpoint presentation from Prof. Carr's Keynote address.

 


 

Kerryn Jones - Writing Learning Stories In A Cowboy Hat: Finding New Ways To Lead

This journey begins in Roxby Downs, an outback town in South Australia, where I worked as a teacher and Director at the local kindergarten.  Learning Stories transformed the way in which our team understood learning, children and early childhood education.  Along our journey with Learning Stories I began to realise that something more significant was happening at a deep, personal level for each of us as educators.  If Learning Stories can have such a powerful impact on children as learners, could they have the same impact on adults?  After making the transition to a new leadership role, I began playing with the idea of using Learning Stories in new ways to inspire educators in their teaching and growth.  This Keynote will look at some new possiblities and opportunities that Learning Stories might offer.

About Kerryn

I began my career in the early 80s in inner city Sydney working at the Lady Gowrie Child Centre where I developed a strong commitment to social justice in education.  In the late 90s I moved to Adelaide (for a quieter lifestyle) where I worked in a range of early childhood services, training, advisory and curriculum development roles.  In 2011 I moved to Roxby Downs, a remote town in outback South Australia (for a really quiet lifestyle) working as the Director of Roxby Downs Kindergarten.  During this time I met Wendy Lee and our team began their journey with Learning Stories (and a relationship with New Zealand).  In 2013 our remote preschool achieved an exceeding rating against the National Quality Standard and won two awards for innovation and education, and I was awarded a Public Teaching Award for leadership.  It was during this time I began playing the ukelele and wearing cowboy hats.  In 2014 I returned to Adelaide where I am employed as an Early Childhood Leader for schools and preschools in western metropolitan Adelaide and the Anangu Lands where I work with teachers in remote Indigenous communities in central Australia.


Workshops

Morning Workshops

Workshop One

Julie Killick - View Through the Lace Curtain

Writing is such a personal act!  I have lived and loved and shared my stories about working with children for many years, and in the last fifteen through the wonderful introduction of Learning Stories as a means of assessment, I have written them down.  In this workshop I will share some of my stories and talk about my Learning Story journey and what is behind and in and through; a bit like the view through a lace curtain, the story behind the story, the story that shines through the story.  I would like this workshop to be highly interactive and for you to have an opportunity to experiment with your writing and to possibly open up a new view through your own lace curtain.

About Julie

Julie graduated from Waikato Teachers College in 1981 and has been in Early Childhood ever since.  She has worked as Head Teacher in several Kindergartens, and also in Adult Education with Auckland Kindergarten Association as a facilitator with ELP for six years.  She returned to teaching after working for ELP five years ago, and spent four years as Head Teacher at Stanmore Bay Kindergarten.  At the beginning of this year she became the Head Teacher at Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre.

Julie has had a long, enthusiastic and committed relationship with Learning Stories.  She is passionate about teaching and learning and has a special love for the arts.  She once delivered singing telegrams dressed as a gorilla. Be very afraid!


 

Workshop Two 

Karen Ramsey - e-Portfolios - Strengthening Pedagogical Documentation?

Since 2000 the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in our pedagogical practice has evolved and deepened and this action research has informed robust teaching and learning practices.  Learning Stories have been fundamental in our journey and with the introductino of e-portfolios we are interested in exploring how this tool can be used to strengthen learning outcomes for children.  The Principles of Te Whāriki are integral to ensure the integrity of best practice is maintained.

This workshop will explore how the paper copy and the e-portfolio  (it is not about one or the other) complement each other to strengthen pedagogical documentation.  It will also highlight the tensions and provide thoughtful reflection on implementing an e-portfolio programme.

About Karen

Karen is a teacher at Roskill South Kindergarten and has been a part of this learning community since July 1997.  In 2000, Karen participated in the Educational Leadership Project professional learningdevelopment programme. The discovery of Learning Stories transformed Karen’s teaching and learning practices.  This ignited her interest  and passion for documenting children’s learning and her vision for the use of ICT began.

Karen went onto lead the Roskill South Kindergarten Centre of Innovation Project (2003-2006) and researched, How the use of ICT in pedagogical practice builds community, competence and continuity.   The Roskill South Kindergarten community has generously shared their stories with many and Karen has disseminated and inspired teachers throughout New Zealand and beyond.


 

A Warm Welcome

A Learning Story from Karen's workshop

A Spiderman Book

A Learning Story from Karen's workshop

e-Portfolios - Strengthening Pedagogical Documentation?

The Powerpoint presentation from Karen's workshop

 


 

Workshop Three  

Sue Fahey - Off The Wall and Into Being

How do whānau know what you believe about tamariki, teaching and learning at your place?  Most of us will assert that our philosophy communicates this to whānau, and indeed this is what we intend.  The challenge is to develop a shared understanding of what the philosophy represents - and more importantly, how it is experienced by tamariki, whānau and kaiako.

At Matangi Āwhio - Auckland Point Kindergarten, we are using Learning Stories to connect our kaupapa statement (philosophy) with the lived experiences of infants, toddlers and young children at kindergarten.  Our kaupapa statement incorporates the pou of Tātaikao - Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Ako, Wānanga and Tangata Whenuatanga, and talks about feeling the ihi, the wehi and the mana.

Come and explore how our team are taking these words and concepts off the wall and into being.

About Sue

Tēnā koutou katoa.   Ko Sue Fahey tōku ingoa.  He kaiako ahau ki te kōhungahunga o Matangi Āwhio, Whakatū. Nō Murihiku ahau, engari, ināianei e noho ana au ki Whakatū.  Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Kia ora. My name is Sue Fahey and I am the Head Teacher at Matangi Āwhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson. Alongside our spaces for infants and toddlers (Teina), and young children (Pakeke), we also have a space within the onsite Teen Parent Unit for infants and toddlers (Pōtiki).  I am passionate about excellent quality care and education for infants, toddlers and young children, within an environment steeped in Māoritanga.


 

Breeze the Kaiāwhina

A Learning Story from Sue's workshop

Still A Kaiāwhina

A Learning Story from Sue's workshop

 


 

Workshop Four

Gavin Kerr- Tales From The Tinkershop

Much has been happening at Greerton Early Childhood Centre lately, particularly in the realm of Tinkering.  As we drove out to the Bernina repair shop to fetch our boot-load of expired sewing machines, never would we have imagined this little spark of interest exploding into the countless diverse and long-lasting inquiries it has.

As children sit at the workbench, loosening screws from intriguing machines of all descriptions, thoughtful and meaningful questions begin to form within deeply engaged minds.  As they sifted through table-tops of obscure spare-parts, scrutinising and connecting them together, they began imagining and re-imagining meaningful purposes for each.  And the results are never quite what is expected!

We have learned that there is much to say about the humble spare part.  Come and hear a handful of remarkable tales from the heart of Greerton Early Childhood Centre's first ever Tinkershop.

About Gavin

I graduated from the University of Waikato in 2013 with a Bachelor of Primary Teaching. During this time, my daughter was attending GECC and I began hanging around the Centre more and more. In fact I was hanging round so much, that in the end they decided to start paying me. By the time I became qualified, I found I had become so connected with the place, the people, the philosophies and the values of Te Whāriki, that the decision was easily made to stick around. 

Learning Stories, for me, have become key in capturing and analysing a learning moment in its entirety, and it is through learning stories that I will be sharing many such amazing moments around 'tinkering' in this workshop. 


 

Poppy's Butterfly

A Learning Story from Gavin's workshop

 


 

Workshop Five

Rachael Maiden & Amanda Jack - How Discussing and Documenting Kindness Can Increase Social Competence

This workshop will examine how a presentation on kindness inspired a teaching team to implement a kindness programme to improve social competence among a group of children who were beginning to be exclusionary in their play.  The programme involved ongoing discussions with the children about what kindness means and what it would look like in the kindergarten.  A kindness wall was established and teachers used Learning Stories to document acts of kindness within the daily programme.  At this workshop they will share with you these stories and the impact this strategy has on the whole kindergarten.

About Rachael and Amanda

Rachael has been involved in early education for the last twenty years and this has led to working in a variety of learning environments.  Currently she is the Head Teacher of Kids First Kindergarten Rutland Street (Christchurch) where she has led the development of a learning programme that has a strong connection to visual art and a child-led learning programme.

Amanda is an experienced early childhood teacher who has worked across the sector in both childcare and kindergartens. Amanda has owned her own early childhood centre that was unfortunately damaged in the 2011 earthquakes.  Since then she has brought her experience to kindergartens in Christchurch where she has been instrumental in ensuring a focus on feelings, kindness and empathy underpins the early childhood programme and teaching practices.


 

My Feelings

A Learning Story from Rachael and Amanda's workshop

 


 

Workshop Six

Jo Colbert - Revisiting Learning Stories

Whether you are new to Learning Stories or feel like you need a bit of an update, this workshop is for you!  Jo will be sharing her journey of Learning Story writing, along the way discussing the key elements of a Learning Story and what makes a Learning Story a Learning Story.  We will look at each part of the Learning Story - the noticing, the recognising and the responding, and discuss ways to ensure the stories you are writing are authentic, connected and relevant for children and their families.

About Jo

Jo is a facilitator for the Educational Leadership Project and has had a long association with Learning Story writing.  Her journey started in 2000 when Learning Stories began to become visible in early childhood settings.  

Jo is a strong advocate for Learning Stories writing and has worked with teachers around New Zealand as well as in other countries supporting Learning Story understandings.


 

A Sense of Belonging

A Learning Story from Jo's workshop

 


 

Workshop Seven

Cathy Tombleson - "Inside Out" and Other Ways To Learn Through Popular Culture

"Young people today consider popular culture to be 'cool'.  Popular culture has a major impact and influence on the development and learning experiences of young people.  I define popular culture as a relationship associated with young people's everyday interests of music, art, media, internet, TV, radio and fashion - it offers creativity, challenges, participation and engagement." Tim Weedon, www.developmenteducation.ie.

I have a particular interest in using popular culture as part of my teaching pedagogy.  This was not always so!  I have changed my view on this over my years as a teacher.  I now use popular culture as a tool to support responsive, reciprocal relationships with tamariki and whānau within our learning community at Selwyn Kindergarten, Rotorua.

Every day teachers notice, recognise, respond, reflect and revisit learning for the tamariki and whānau in our learning community.  Popular culture is a part of the lives of our tamariki.  This interest can provide many rich learning opportunities.

  • What does this mean for us as teachers?
  • How can we use an interest in popular culture (Transformers, movies, television shows, toys) to provide learning opportunities that make children's learning more complex?
  • How can this interest support life long learning for teachers and children and whānau?

About Cathy

Cathy is a teacher at Selwyn Kindergarten. She has been a teacher in early childhood for a number of years. This includes Playcentre (where she developed an interest in early childhood learning and teaching, with her own children) as well also childcare, a Montessori Centre and currently kindergarten.

Cathy has mokopuna who have helped to shape her teaching and learning in recent years.    In particular Cathy has learnt more about the benefits of engaging children in learning through popular culture from her moko and the tamariki she teaches and learn’s from.

Cathy has a particular interest in reflective practice, popular culture and a passion for writing learning stories that make a difference to her teaching, the tamariki and nga whanau lives.


 

Huirama and the Dominoes

A Learning Story from Cathy's workshop

 


 

Afternoon Workshops

Workshop Eight

Karen Winderlich & Kate Ryan - Living, Learning and Loving: The Power of Learning Stories In An Australian Context

The Learning Story approach to thinking, living and documenting has opened a doorway for us to see, hear and cherish our children with heart and mind.  It has freed us from both the clutter of expectations and the emptiness of objectivity.  Learning Stories have offered our team the gifts of permission and encouragement to develop new pathways in our practice which enable us to truly work with and alongside each other as researchers and co-learners.  

Living a spirit of multiple voices we have developed weekly Reflection Times for our team to step aside from the busy world of infants and toddlers to stop and think deeply about the children in our learning group.  A rich group identity supports us as educators in creating documentation of children's learning that leaves traces and memories which honour the journey and experience of all.

This is our story of celebration for you - enjoy!

About Karen & Kate

Kate is the Director of Halifax St Children's Centre and Preschool in Adelaide City, which provides long day care for children aged from 6 wees to school age and sessional preschool for children in the year before they attend school.  The centre has a strong focus on researching early childhood pedagogy and educational leadership through enquiry projects.  Kate has been an active member of Early Childhood Australia since 2001, both as an executive member and branch President and is now the SA Director on the ECA National Board.

In 2006 Kate was fortunate to visit Auckland to learn more about Learning Stories and the role they can play in making children's learning visible.  Over the past four years Kate has been involved in the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Partnership Group for the Rinaldi Residency which has been researching the principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project within South Australian contexts.

Kate's current educational interest is in building a view of children as competent citizens in their local communities and developing systemic documentation processes that reflect an image of children as competent learners and provide a meaningful basis for professional learning for educators.

Karen is a teacher and learner with children up to two and half years of age at Halifax St Children's Centre & Preschool.  She has been a teacher in varied contexts from the early years to primary and adult learners, but has spent the last ten years being inspired, challenged and wrapped up in wonder at the thinking and learning of children in the early years in care and education settings.

During these years she has worked with children from birth to 5 years of age, but has spent most of this time in the privileged position of working wiht and alongside babies and young toddlers - they most dedicated inspirational and extraordinary learners of all.

She has completed a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education to learn more about learning, and cherishes opportunities to speak for, and write about this our youngest citizens and newest learners of all.

Karen has had her ideas and learning published by both ECA and REAIE.


 

Inspirational Climbing

A Learning Story from Kate and Karen's workshop

 


 

Workshop Nine

Melissa Osmond - At The Heart Of The Matter!  Staying True To Our Tamariki and Te Whāriki

I had this amazing teacher at primary school.  I loved her and she loved me.  You see, I felt a connection with her that was special...unique to just us.  She knew me, understood me, really cared for me.  You can imagine my dismay on report day when, while comparing reports with a friend, we discovered that our feedback messages were exactly the same...cut and pasted to save time and energy.  The dream was well and truly over!  

In an age of e-portfolios and limited time I am passionate about assessment that stays true to individual learners. This workshop is about working smart, embracing the online community and keeping each child's uniqueness at the heart of the matter.

 
 

About Melissa

Kia Ora, my name is Melissa Osmond and I am a teacher at Greerton Early Childhood Centres in Tauranga.  My husband and I have been living and teaching in Tauranga for over 12 years now and each and every day is still full of challenge, wonderment and joyfulness.  I have been involved with ELP for over 14 years and feel honoured to still be a part of this innovative, passionate group of teachers.

I have two amazing children, Zavier, 11 and Peyton, 1 who keep me deeply engaged and intrigued about learning.  I have also been on the Board of Trustees at my son's school for more than 5 years which has broadened my thinking about teaching and learning from a governance perspective.


 

A Tale About A Tail!

A Learning Story from Melissa's workshop

 


 

Workshop Ten

Carol Hartley -  Learning Stories: Creating A Transition Pathway

When the families at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten decided their portfolios were too precious to let out of their site (and take to school) we were provoked to find a solution.  We knew from our COI (Centre of Innovation, Round Three, 2006 - 2008) research detailed in chapter three of our book Crossing the Border (NZCER, 2012) how important for children our kindergarten portfolios were in the new entrant classroom.  We decided to provide a second portfolio - a Transition portfolio - produced specifically for the transition process to provide a transition pathway, a site of connection for each child and their teacher, a way of engaging in learning about the individual child as a capable and competent person.

This presentation shares a small segment of ongoing work focusing on exploring common issues in transition to school for children and families, and developing strategies to strengthen relationships between early childhood and school settings.

About Carol

Carol has been Head Teacher at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten since 1993 and completed study for Master of Education in 2010.  She is a recipient of the 2012 NZ national NEiTA Leadership award and a member of the Ministry of Education's Advisory Group Early Learning.  This year the Mangere Bridge Kindergarten Teaching team were awarded the Takatu Prize in the Prime Minister's award for Excellence in Education for their work on transition to school.

Carol is the co-author of Crossing the Border, published by NZCER Press in 2012 and several earlier articles from the COI research.  Research is a way of life at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten and the team have just completed a two year TLRi researching Supporting Children Who Learn In More Than One Language.


 

A Shark Story

A Learning Story from Carol's workshop

 


 

Workshop Eleven

Wendy Xiao - Let's Build Bridges With Learning Stories

My not very long journey as a teacher is an eye opening experience for me.  Along the way there has been excitement and joy, surprises and shocks, confusions and frustrations, therefore lots of reflection and learning. Culture and language is always of great interest to me, maybe because of my non-dominant cultural background.  

Multicultrual learning and teaching is a foundational value expressed within Te Whāriki, but what does it look like in reality?  How do we embrace the differences?  We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other.

This presentation shares some of my Learning Stories focusing on building bridges in a multicultural early childhood setting for children and families, and developing strategies to strengthen relationships inbetween.

About Wendy

Kia Ora my name is Wendy Xiao and my Chinese name is Xiao Junwen.  I immigrated from China to NZ in 2004.  I got my Bachelors degree in economics and worked in import and export companies for about 18 years - both in China and NZ.  In 2009 I completed a graduate diploma in teacing ECE at Auckland University, and then in 2010 became a teacher at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten.


 

Looking After Grace

A Learning Story from Wendy's workshop

Phoebe Has A Sore Finger

A Learning Story from Wendy's workshop

Sand! Sand!

The final Learning Story from Wendy's workshop

 


 

Workshop Twelve

Denise Durban - Whakawhanaungatanga: Building A Community of Learners

This workshop will share the journey that the Central Kids Fordlands team have navigated as they have used iPads, Urges and a Kaiawhina System as tools to support them in building a 'community of learners'.  Adopting an action research approach they developed a research question to investigate how they could encourage more reciprocal relationships, so that their curriculum truly reflected their kindergarten community and the strengths and interests of tamariki.  They very much wanted the child, their parents and whānau to be part of the process and this is their story of how they worked to achieve this.

About Denise

Kia ora.  Let me introduce myself:

Ko Whetumatarau te maunga
Ko Awatere te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi
Ko Tuwhakairiora te hapu
Ko Hinerupe te marae
Ko Denise Durban ahau

I have been working in early childhood since the age of 19.  I have had many roles in my career from teacher, assistant supervisor, Centre Manager and now Head Teacher at Central Kids Fordlands.  I am passionate about relationships in all forms from working with my colleagues to working with and supporting the tamariki and their whānau.  I feel very privileged to be working with an amazing team of inspirational women who also have a shared understanding and vision for our community in Fordlands, Rotorua.


 

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Rebecca

A Learning Story from Denise's workshop

 

 


 

Workshop Thirteen 

Michela Homer - Through the Looking Glass

As ECE teachers we may be all fully aware of the concept of recognising, noticing and responding but what are we actually recognising and how is this being interpreted into meaningful Learning Stories we're writing?  In today's world where the pressure may be on constantly looking for that 'next step' I'd like to share with you the idea of putting yourself in the child's place and seeing the everyday, ordinary things as wonderous new discoveries.  We'll make sure that these discoveries for children are not undervalued and are genuinely interpreted through our narrative assessments.  We'll go on this journy of recognising together and then consider the learning behind what we're seeing through the lens of our supporting curriculum documents, our knowledge of the child, their whānau and our own values.

About Michela

Kia ora, my name is Michela Homer.  I qualified as a Montessori teacher many, many years ago in 
England.  When we moved to NZ, I had the opportunity to word in a beautiful private early childhood centre in Whangamata.  I fell in love and retrained to gain my diploma in ECE.  I loved it so much I continued studying to gain my Bachelors degree.  From there, I moved to work in a parent co-op and then up to Russell as a Supervisor for Playcentre.  

When we moved family to Tauranga, I went back into a Montessori centre which was my first taste of Montessori in NZ.  Currently I work as a Professional Services Manager for BestStart Educare as well as a tutor for Aperfield Montessori, and in my spare time I'm on the council for MANZ.  My responsibility includes supporting foru Montessori centres and four other early childhood centres, supporting training teachers through Aperfield and working with the EO of MANZ across NZ.  I have a passion for exploring effective leadership in ECE and looking at how this grows all akonga.  I believe that this is all underpinned by having sound and ethical vision and values that guide our practices.


 

Caring Mya

A Learning Story from Michela's workshop

Rory the Superstar!

A Learning Story from Michela's workshop

Through the Looking Glass

The Powerpoint presentation from Michela's workshop

 


 

Workshop Fourteen

Kellie Warren & Lisa Watkins - Emotional Literacy In A Teen Parent Unit

Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson includes Pōtiki, the ECE component of the Nelson Young Parents School.  We are fortunate enough that Pōtiki is located in the room right next to the young parent's classroom.  This has allowed us to form close relationships not only with infants and toddlers, but also their parents.  As these relationships have developed we recognised the need to whakamana the young parents we work alongside.  Emotional literacy became a focus for our Learning Stories as we aimed to highlight the sensitive and responsive interactions between infants, toddlers and their parents through our writing.  Our workshop will show how our Learning Stories have been a valuable tool in supporting our young parents to value themselves and the important role they play in the lives of their infants and young children.


About Kellie

Tēnā koutou katoa.  Ko Kellie Warren tōku ingoa.  No Whakatū ahau.  No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

My name is Kellie Warren, and for the past 4 years I have been an infant and toddlers kaiako here at Matangi Āwhio, Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson.  This year a lot of my work has been focused on providing quality care and support for vulnerable children and young people based in the Teen Parent Unit here at Matangi Āwhio.

About Lisa

Kia ora.  My name is Lisa Watkins and I am an infants and toddlers kaiako at Matangi Āwhio, Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson.  For the last year I have had the privilege of working in Pōtiki - the ECE component attached to the onsite Teen Parent Unit.  This incredibly rewarding position has enabled me to advocate for our precious pepe while at the same time providing support to their mothers/fathers.

My Mum and I

A Learning Story from Kellie and Lisa's workshop

 

 

The Atua with MY Dad!

A Learning Story from Kellie and Lisa's workshop

 

 

Emotional Literacy In A Teen Parent Unit

The Powerpoint presentation from Kellie and Lisa's workshop