Lecture Series 2018

ELP Presents: Early Childhood Professional Learning Lecture Series

Hamilton & Auckland 2018

ELP is excited to present another fantastic line up of lectures for 2018, brought to you by some of NZ's most experienced and inspiring early childhood educators.

The series features 10 powerful lectures from February to November, please see below for the full details. This year, the first 50 Season Passes booked will go in the draw to win attendance to all lectures for free!

Just some of the fabulous feedback received for last year's lectures:

"What a great lecture, very insightful. Thank you for this amazing two hours. I hope to have the support to introduce this teaching practice in our centre. I am very excited to try."

"Was fantastic! Absolutely loved the lecture and how it was delivered. So much wonderful info that will help me in my personal life, as a teacher, and my team. Many thanks."

"Loved it, so empowering. Bring back the simple enjoyment of teaching."

"Wow this P.D. was great. It opened my mind, gave me new ideas to share with my team and children. I can’t wait to go back to work and try these."

COST:

Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

Please read terms and conditions regarding refunds

All lectures are in the evening, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. 

To print a brochure please click here. Alternatively full details of each lecture are below.

Please note: Programme order has been changed from what is shown on our printed brochures.
The following lectures have swapped dates:
  • Chelsea club sandwich: Now on 9 and 10 October
  • The capable and competent infant and toddler: Now on 8 and 9 May

Let's take another look
Presented by Tania Bullick in August

For some of us, it has been a long time since we trained and were first exposed to the theorists that have shaped early childhood education in New Zealand.  The development of Te Whāriki in the 90’s offered us different theorists and since then, with the growth of Google, TED talks and Facebook, we have been introduced to many, many more theorists, writers, speakers and their research. Some have strongly influenced our teaching practice,  curriculum and assessment and others have done so on a more subtle level. We also have our own home-grown researchers and theorists who are strongly influencing and informing early childhood education provision.

Though we are informed by theory everyday in multiple ways, the ideas that we are drawing from often fade into the background.  This lecture will take another look, revisiting some of the people and theories that have been so influential to both international and New Zealand early childhood education and we will reflect, through examples, how they have shaped the outcomes for tamariki.

Just some of the wonderful feedback from Tania's 2017 lecture:

"It was wonderful! So much food for thought. I loved the way that Tania engaged us in discussion"

"It was interesting to reflet on Autonomy, Belonging and Competence in relation to intentional teaching and our amazing Te Whāriki"

Hamilton: Tuesday 14 August 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 15 August 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

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Art: Take two
Presented by Marianne MacPherson and Kathryn Delany in September

Following the 2017 lecture we are giving further consideration to art experiences that offer children opportunities to explore their creative and expressive selves. We will consider the rich opportunities for art that sits inside Te Whāriki as a bi-cultural and socio-cultural curriculum and ways art can be woven through our curriculum design. We will revisit the image of art education from Kei Tua o te Pae that “... explores, challenges, affirms, and celebrates unique artistic expressions of self, community, and culture…” and how we allow and support this to grow in our learning environments.

Just some of the wonderful feedback from Kathryn's 2017 lecture:

"You have provided so many wonderful quotes and things to think about for the way we work with children. I appreciate and value your honesty and determination to move forward."

"Loved it, so empowering. Bring back the simple enjoyment of teaching."

Hamilton: Tuesday 11 September 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 12 September 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

Chelsea Club Sandwich
Presented by Jo Colbert, Julie Killick and Jo Behse in October

We have been working together for about a year and a half and in this presentation we will share our journey so far around supporting continuity and complexity in learning. We will share some stories of interest that have developed and built over several months. We will also explore the various ways we have strengthened our connection with language, culture, and identity in our Cheslea Kindergarten community. It's going to be a little club sandwich full of flavour, something tasty for you to bite into!

Just some of the wonderful feedback from Julie's 2017 lecture:

"Thanks for sharing all your wisdom, experience and zest for life :)"

"What can I say - fantastic"!

Hamilton: Tuesday 9 October 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 10 October 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

Go outside and play
Presented by Kim Hope in November

As an early childhood educator reading about the new gorilla space for Orana Wildlife Parks’s $6 million ‘Great Ape Enclosure’, I can’t help but reflect on the lack of access to natural and authentic environments most very young children experience, in their time in government funded education. 
 
Commercialisation within the education sector has led to the haphazard development of outdoor play environments based on cost effectiveness and promoting a false safety. Increasingly, I see that these are too often inadequate in providing for the unhampered growth of values-centred dispositions and qualities of childhood.
 
The life-threatening oppression of safe play spaces sounds dramatic and extremist, but …..
  
It is so important that we look after these endangered animals and create the best possible environment for them to thrive. However, is this more important than the future of our precious children?  It makes me question what needs to happen to enable the following key statements in Te Whāriki to be realised for our tamariki.
 
All children are born with immense potential. Quality early learning helps our children begin to realise that potential and build a strong foundation for later learning and for life. New Zealand’s early learning standards are amongst the highest in the world and almost all of our children are participating in and benefitting from a rich array of relationships and experiences in our early learning settings. Unique in its bicultural framing, Te Whāriki expresses our vision that all children grow 
up in New Zealand as competent and confident learners, strong in their identity, language and culture. 
 
In this workshop, I am interested in considering how to maximise opportunities for outdoor play to give young children the kind of unsupervised play that is needed for them to flourish. Particularly, but not only, in centres where:
  • the size of the space is challenging 
  • equipment is not challenging for all children’s ages and stages of development
  • where there is limited or no access to natural areas

Hamilton: Tuesday 13 November 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!