Nathan Wallis - The impact of Neuroscience on our Practice


Book - Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain. Sue Gerhardt
Book - The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life. Alsion Gopnik
Book - The Science of Parenting. Margot Sutherland


Magnolia Tree Childcare - Aligning practice to philosophy

Magnolia Tree Childcare's Powerpoint presentation from the Hamilton ASPIRE event in May 2016 

Guy Claxton - Building Learning Power: The Latest News From the Horse's Mouth (!!!)

Guy Claxton's Powerpoint presentation from his conference at Southwell School in July 2014

Margy Whalley - ELP Conference 2011: Whakatuwhera ō Kūaha - Opening Your Doors - Stories From Pen Green

Margy Whalley's Powerpoint presentation from her conference in 2011

The Bicultural Framing of Te Whāriki

Presented by Brenda Soutar, former Tumuaki Rīwhi (Principal) at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mana Tamariki

There is an expectation that the early childhood curriculum, within the context of our Tiriti-based approach, reflects what matters in each setting. How effectively are we reflecting, culturally and contextually, who we are and what matters here in Aotearoa?

Held at the University of Auckland on Thursday 29 April 2021







Pōwhiri: Strengthening a Sense of Bicultural Belonging and Identity for Refugee Families

Dr Lesley Rameka, University of Waikato

The presentation explores how pōwhiri, the traditional Māori ceremony of welcome, can provide a framing to support refugee children and families develop a sense of bicultural belonging and identity in Aotearoa, New Zealand while maintaining a sense of belonging and identity to their home homelands. Each step of the powhiri process is key to developing theoretical understandings and will be articulated in terms of guiding early childhood kaiako practice and pedagogies. The framing is also useful for informing ECE teacher pedagogical practice when working with all children.

This presentation is part of a three year, Marsden funded research project, led by Professor Linda Mitchell, from Waikato University, aimed at developing a theoretical model, and strategies, that can contribute to policy and practice in early childhood education to support refugee families and children to construct a sense of belonging in NZ.

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Te Whāriki: By Us, For Us, About Us

Brenda Soutar, Mana Tamariki

"Competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society." 
How can our ways of knowing, being and doing authentically reflect this aspiration we have for children in Aotearoa?


Wendy Lee - A Growth Mindset - Learn It! Live It! Teach It!

Fixed mindset - Graphic by Michael Graham Richard

Growth mindset - Graphic by Michael Graham Richard 

Growth and Fixed mindset - Graphic by Katherine Lynas

Mindset Questionnaire - Mindset Online

Carol Dweck Publications

Julie Killick - Planning: Diary of A Crazy Woman

Julie's notes from her 2011 lecture


Prof. Margaret Carr - Thoughtful Teachers and Thoughtful Learners: Some Assessment Practices

Prof. Margaret Carr's notes from her 2011 lecture



Marianne MacPherson - Exploring the Framework of Building Learning Power: Pigeon Mountain Kindergarten

Marianne's notes from her 2011 lecture





Kerri Iwaskow - How Can Educators Support Children Through the Arts? 

Kerri's presentation notes from her workshop