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Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Session One: 10:15-11:45am

Presenter: Kelly Abraham & Rebecca Thompson, Barnardos

Workshop 4: Partnerships in Action

We invite you to come and learn about our centre’s journey. We will share our philosophy which is based on peaceful and respectful partnerships; within our rich nature-based setting.  

We will share our thoughtful documentation, which captures authentic experiences, partnerships, holistic learning and development from multiple perspectives; all within a meaningful context. Our learning stories are written from the heart and reflect shared knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of the child. Whakawhanaungatanga, aroha and tikanga Māori inform our practice and this is reflected in our learning stories.


Personal bio

Kelly Abraham is the Centre Manager at Hastings Barnardos Early Learning Centre and has been in this role for the past 11 years.  Rebecca (Bex) Thompson has been based at Hastings Barnardos Early Learning Centre for the past 8 years and currently leads the Infant & Toddler room.

Kelly and Bex have both completed a Diploma of Teaching (ECE), Bachelor of Education, Postgraduate studies in ECE, as well as Te Reo & Tikanga Māori qualifications.  Kelly has also completed a Diploma in Applied Business.

Barnardos Hastings is on the highest possible ERO review cycle, and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award in 2015 for Engagement (Atahapāra).

Learning Story examples from Kelly and Bex:

Mr Tahi

Lion the lamb