Workshop 1 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

From Principle to Practice: Te Whāriki, an Inspired Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

Facilitated by Lorraine Sands

We start from Te Whāiki Principles where learning is Empowering, Holistic and embedded in Family and Community Relationships.  By ourselves and inside our teams are we relentlessly building learning cultures that enable infants and toddlers to follow their energies, passions and spirit?  Do we have competence, judgement, insight and inspiration, and the capacity for improvisation as we strive to make a difference in children’s learning lives?  Most importantly how do we know?  This workshop explores the role self review has in building teams that are committed, collegial, thoughtful, and wise and offers practical, smart ways to embed self review into our daily practice through truly understanding Te Whāriki Principles in action.

Learn more about Lorraine here.

iPad Pedagogy - We Are Who We Teach

Facilitated by Kathryn Delany

In this workshop we will explore how teachers support learning through intentional engagement with technology such as iPads and tablets in the spirit of the principles of Te Whāriki.  We will look at the possibility of avoiding viewing this technology as an undesirable ‘plug in drug’ or a tool to drill in shallow literacy or numeracy skills. What might the pedagogy of iPads and technology look like?

Learn more about Kathryn here.

Whānau Transformation Through Education

Facilitated by Traci Ani Tuheke, Hinemoa Pohatu and Carol Palmer

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa ki Tainui Early Learning Centres present how New Zealand’s largest tertiary provider’s mission for “whānau transformation though education” starts from the early years in our puna wānanga.

Learn more about the Traci Ani, Hinemoa and Carol here.

Never Give Up

Facilitated by Stephen Bird

Are there any barriers in your life that hold you back?  Is there anything that encourages you to strive even further than before? Life can feel like a rollercoaster and can be challenging during difficult times.  Living with a disability known as Cerebral Palsy has given me the drive to overcome different obstacles and challenges while saying YES to opportunities to help fulfil my goals and work towards my dreams. During this presentation I will share my personal and early childhood education career journey, including what it is like working in early childhood as a male and as a Pakeha working within a centre that strongly fosters ahuatanga Māori. If you can dream it; you can achieve it.  I believe it is about your attitude, attitude, attitude!!!

Learn more about Stephen here.

Organic Teaching and Learning in a Community-based Setting

Facilitated by Michelle Flower, Daryl Phillips and Briar Heskette

In this presentation Michelle, Daryl and Briar will share a planning story that has been written by the Lintott teaching team.  It all started with reflections on strengthening relationships with children, whanau and community.  We decided as a team to reach out to the community to make connections.   A team car rally lead our teachers out to connect with local business to see if there was a way that materials that would normally be thrown away could be collected and used by children in play.  This journey has challenged us to reflect on what learning and teaching looks like in our place.

Learn more about Michelle, Daryl and Briar here.

Do You Know Me?  Do Teacher Attitudes Towards Gaming Influence Learning?

Facilitated by Carol Marks

“Sooner or later, those who grew up without video games will have to understand the gamers.” (Carstens, A & Beck, J., 2005, p 22).   Do we create an environment where the use of ICT is controlled in ways that are meaningful to teachers but is limiting for children?  Within early childhood, people have strong and emotive views about the values of gaming.  Many teachers see little value in gaming or else make sure the games fit into what they see as appropriate learning.  Te Whāriki is a socio-cultural document and gaming offers opportunities for learners to take turns at being leaders and to build relationships.

Learn more about Carol here.

Documentation as a Form of Listening: Sharing Stories of Listening and Learning

Facilitated by Helen Aitken, Lesley Pohio and Bronwen Stevenson

This workshop presentation will draw on the notion of documentation as a form of listening to children.  It is also our aim to provoke thinking and discussion in relation to the ‘pedagogy of listening’ and documenting children’s learning (and teacher reflection) more effectively.
The workshop will include opportunities to view and discuss some of the large Pedagogical Documentation panels produced by REANZ (in collaboration with five centres).  Bronwyn and Lesley will present the stories behind some of this documentation – including insights, explanations and reflections of the learning and documentation process.

Learn more about Helen, Lesley and Bronwen here.

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Workshop 2 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Getting the Balance - Te Whāriki in Action

Facilitated by Karen Ramsey

In the fast pace world we live in, we are interested in finding a balance between nature and technology.  This workshop will explore how the principles of Te Whāriki look in action, from providing risk and challenge in the natural world to integrating the use of iPads as a multimodal literacy tool.  Learning Stories will be shared, making visible the learning outcomes for our community of learners.

Learn more about Karen here.

Uru Taiao (Into the Realms of Nature) - Matapihi Kindergarten

Facilitated by Anglea Kimber and Lindy Moir

We believe that when children are given ample opportunity to love and connect with nature they become motivated to care for and begin to take responsibility for our natural world and all living things.  During our nature education programme we are seeing children expressing respect for each other and the environment, directing their own learning and becoming confident and competent explorers of their world.  By sharing our experiences and observations we hope to encourage you as teachers, parents and adults to enter the realms of nature with children and celebrate our innate connection with this natural world.

Learn more about Angela and Lindy here.

Cultivating Teacher Presence

Facilitated by Kathryn Delany

Being present is not as easy as you might think!  How often have you arrived somewhere and suddenly realised that you have very little recollection of the journey?  Or maybe you reach for that cup of tea only to discover you have already drunk it?  Where were you?  In this workshop, we will explore growing presence, mindfulness and intention in our teaching and lives.

Learn more about Kathryn here.

Building Culture and Language Through Meaningful Learning Experiences and Learning Story Documentation in a Samoan A'oga Amata Setting

Facilitated by the Samoa Taumafai A'oga Amata team

In this workshop, we have reflected on our Learning Story writing journey and we will share our experiences. This has enabled us to think more reflectively about children’s learning and about our own teaching. We are proud to share some of our learning stories celebrating our culture and traditions as they weave into our everyday practice here at Samoa Taumafai.

Learn more about the Samoa Taumafai team here.

Ephermeral Art - A Practical Workshop

Facilitated by Marianne MacPherson and Lynn Rupe

Ephemeral art requires us to pay attention to the small and beautiful moments that unfold in life, celebrating the everyday.  A workshop looking at art made with materials that are at hand and can be resourced from the environment the art is created in.  Thinking about ways that children can have the opportunity to explore their community, choose their materials and create in ways that are meaningful for them.  This is Te Whāriki's exploration woven through art experiences.  This workshop will be an opportunity for both inspirational reflection and practical exploration.

Learn more about Marianne and Lynn here.

Exploring Te Whatu Pōkeka

Facilitated by Tania Bullick

This workshop looks at the metaphors and ideas of the kaupapa Māori document Te Whatu Pōkeka for mainstream teachers who are just beginning to explore this document.  Te Whatu Pōkeka requires us to view children and their learning from a perspective that is rich with potential to enrich pedagogy, curriculum and assessment.  Taken from the perspective of a mainstream teacher on a journey of bicultural development, participants will go away with a beginning understanding of the assessment framework but even more questions to explore on their own journey of bicultural development.

Learn more about Tania here.

Hey!  Where Are All the Kids Then?

Facilitated by Sara and Simon Archard

Insoll Children and Families play group emerged from a previous play group and research involving a refugee community.  The current playgroup is teacher led and held once a week for children 0-5 years and their families where English is an additional language.  The ethnic and cultural identities of the current participants include Japanese, South Korean, Chinese and New Zealander.  This workshop will talk about the development of the play group, some practices and routines and reflections/impressions of the group by parents and the co-ordinators.  Of particular note will be the sharing of some aspirations of parents for their children and what this group provides for them and their children.  The session will also consider the sustainability of this play group and where professional development and research might have a place.

Learn more about Sara and Simon here.

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Workshop 3 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Sustainability and Environmental Possibilities: Thinking Through Some of the Issues to Become More Sustainable - A Practical Workshop

Facilitated by Donya Feci and Kerry Neas

Education for sustainability has been building momentum in Early childhood.  In this workshop we will look at why it’s important, looking through 3 lenses, identity, culture of care and language.  It will be an interactive workshop where ideas and resources are shared.

Learn more about Donna and Kerry here.

Toku Reo, Toku Ohooho - My Language, My Awakening

Facilitated by Lynn Rupe

This workshop looks at the importance of building resilience through the acknowledgement of language, culture and identity being deeply understood.  Often we have a single story of cultures, a story made up of assumptions and preconceived ideas. Participants are invited to think about societal prejudices toward various cultures - particularly the systemic prejudice toward Māori culture.  The workshop asks the question - if we are treating all children the same are the outcomes equal?  A question for the future of education is whose view of what success and knowledge should we be aspiring to?  Are we aspiring to teach using the Te Whāriki principles through  teaching and learning that acknowledges well-being is tied to culture?

Learn more about Lynn here.


Facilitated by Rukshat Singh, Jayde Colby and Jenni Potter

The team at Kids to Five Bader Street have been using Story Park's e-portfolio system for 9 months.  Jayde Colby (Head Teacher) and Rukshat Singh (centre manager) will speak about the journey so far; from setting it up with their 70+ whānau and getting staff on board to opening up ICT to children.  They will share with you the examples of their photos, videos, assessment and the reciprocal communication between whānau and the centre, with the positive impact to children's learning, care and education.

The Curious Cubs team will share their journey with Educa -  Have you thought about using e-portfolios?  We have been using Educa for a year now at Curious Cubs and can’t believe the positive benefits and feedback we are receiving from parents and whānau.  I will show you how easy it is and some of the tricks we have learnt to make writing and uploading learning stories, videos, and newsletters –even policy review.  This will be a workshop on the "how to's" of Educa.

Learn more about Rukshat, Jayde and Jenni here.

Opening Up A Can of Worms - Transition to School Programmes and Strengthening Parent Partnership in Full Day Centres

Facilitated by the Glenview Kindergarten team and Rick Fourie

We will take you into our (often heated) team debate of implementing a 4 year old programme that maintains the integrity of our early childhood philosophy and curriculum.  The battle between what parents want and what we know as best practice for transitioning to school.  You will hear from a teacher who was against the ‘programme’; a whānau perspective; the Manager who will discuss the financial pros and cons; and the Assistant Manager who had to pull it all together. 

The second part of the workshop will be on strengthening parent partnership in full day centres.  Often full-day early childhood centres find it difficult to have strong parent partnerships.  Parents may be working full time and time is very limited.  Come along and hear about how Creators Christian Childcare Centre have set up a Parent Committee to strengthen parent partnership and the way it has enabled parents to have a strong voice in the vision, governance and culture of the centre.  It has given staff an effective structure to gain valuable feedback about our programmes, and has led to the development of a stronger community for whānau who are a part of the centre.

Learn more about the Glenview Kindy team and Rick here.

Puraakau Māori (Māori traditional stories) Driving Assessment

Facilitated by Jenelle Pearce and Rina Greaves

Since it’s opening 4 years ago Maungaarangi Kindergarten and Whanau Centre has implemented an assessment framework that uses purakau Maori as a tool for growing authentic connections between people and places, and things. Purakau Maori assists us to engage with the history of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the unique cultural heritage of our country.  We also localise the curriculum with purakau Maori that are specific to our particular community and whanau. Whaea Rina Greaves and Whaea Jenelle Pearce will explain the assessment process, and give examples of how learning stories are used to reflect the purakau Maori.  They will also discuss the benefits of using this system, some of the challenges that have arose, and the direction forward with researching children’s individual whakapapa.

Learn more about the Jenelle and Rina here.

It's called LOVE...Actually

Facilitated by Tania Bullick

Our youngest consumers of early childhood education, babies up to two years old, deserve teachers committed to their every need - physically, cognitively, emotionally and spiritually.  This workshop explores the the brain development research of recent years that establishes very clear guidelines for how teachers relate with babies.  Te Whatu Pōkeka supports and extends on the brain development research by introducing us to traditional Te Ao Māori that 21st century science is catching up with.

Learn more about Tania here.

Dancing Stories to Life

Facilitated by Clare Battersby (aka Fairy Clare)

In this workshop, we will bring the language of dance to life.  Stories will begin and end through movement.  Imaginations will be awakened and enlivened.  Our body, mind and spirit are ignited when we explore the Arts together.  Just as with opening a book, let's open our creativity, travel through the pages of possibilities, and punctuate the moments of magic!

Story and dance are forms of communication and a means of connecting with others in a unique way.  Like a good book, dance has a beginning, middle and end; it has a shape, rhythm and flow.  Dance has light and shade; it weaves its own story.  Dance helps our minds and imaginations to journey into the known and unknown.

Join Clare in opening this book together and creating some inspiring  dancing stories to develop with the children you love to be with.

Please wear comfortable clothing if you are attending this workshop.

Learn more about Clare here.

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