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"He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people"

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Our Attractive Benefits and Well-Being Package

We proudly offer one of the most attractive Staff Benefits and Well-Being Packages* in the sector including:

  • Free Health Insurance (including GP visits and prescriptions); 🙂
  • Free Life Insurance (we want your family supported with $100,000 if the worst was to happen to you); 🙂
  • Up to $1500 worth of Professional Development per staff member each year; 🙂
  • Regular rewards and recognition vouchers; 🙂
  • ‘Financial Hardship’ or ‘Family Emergency’ funds support, interest free cash advances (up to $5000) from our directors; 🙂
  • Preferred banking benefits as received by the company; 🙂
  • Free professional budgeting, investing and accounting advice; 🙂
  • Lots of consumer goodies discounts that are normally only available to the company; 🙂
  • Free first aid certification; 🙂
  • Paid day off on your birthday (because we believe no-one should work on their special day!) 🙂
  • A relaxing and recharging day spa experience every month (because let’s face it – we teachers deserve it!); 🙂

* Contact our centres for more details

Our Investment into Professional Development

  • We invest significantly into professional development opportunities for our teaching and leadership colleagues, and we even have our very own Group Curriculum Manager who supports our Centre Manager, Team Leaders and all our Teaching colleagues in areas of learning programs, children’s outcomes, teaching quality, compliance, guidance and mentoring.
  • We have also committed to ongoing professional development for ALL of our teachers in a “rising tide lifts all boats” philosophy. Professional development is focussed on mentoring each teacher along their individual journey of the Education Council’s “Standards for the Teaching Profession”.
  • This in turn directly supports our “continuous improvement” philosophy which ensures that our teams are continually kept informed, updated and advised of the latest and most innovative best practices in teaching and learning techniques, styles, and approaches.
  • We then pool all our knowledge from these attended courses, workshops, seminars and conferences to continue to deliver award winning outcomes for our Children, Colleagues, Communities and Centres (our core 4C’s).
Preschool graduates from our kindergartens in Auckland CBD, Otumoetai, Blockhouse Bay, Newmarket, Tauranga, West Auckland, Manurewa, South Auckland
Professional development for all our teachers in Auckland CBD, Tauranga, Blockhouse Bay, West Auckland, Manurewa, Otumoetai, Newmarket, South Auckland

Here is a list of some formal professional training that our teachers and leadership have received recently or will be attending soon:

 

Innovate or EvaporateSir Ray Avery (NZ’der of the year) et al., RBA, ATEED, EMA

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May-20How to maximise productivity and continue business as usual in these uncertain timesInstitute of Managers and Leaders (Australia and NZ)
Painstorming in UncertaintyInstitute of Managers and Leaders (Australia and NZ)
Maintaining the MomentumInstitute of Managers and Leaders (Australia and NZ)
Coaching Your Team Through CrisisInstitute of Managers and Leaders (Australia and NZ)
Building Your Team’s ResilienceInstitute of Managers and Leaders (Australia and NZ)
How To Become An Unshakeable Leader & Influencer In Times Of Extreme UncertaintyIgnite Business Leadership / Rosebank Business Assoc.
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Apr-20PLD INVESTMENTS FOR OUR TEACHERS, MANAGERS & DIRECTORS DURING THE NATION-WIDE LOCK-DOWN IN APRIL 
Surviving COVID19 Lockdown with your child: Attend our Mat times using ZoomAll Teachers from Chrysalis, Magic Kingdom and Fern Garden
Well-Being and Mindfulness Seminar Series – 8 Part seriesHelen Corban, Business Coach, Reach Potential Ltd
Navigating Organisational CultureTorrens University of Australia / Auck Business Chamber
Adopting AgileTorrens University of Australia / Auck Business Chamber
Difficult Conversations – A Managers GuideTorrens University of Australia / Auck Business Chamber
User ExperienceTorrens University of Australia / Auck Business Chamber
Oral Language and Literacy Initiative (OLLi)Early Learning Sevices
Getting Through Tough TimesKim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Continuous Quality Improvement using Internal Evaluation Part 1Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Incorporating Gaia values in your curriculumKim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Delivering Mat time via the internetKim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Restarting your centre after Lockdown/RahuiKim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Sustaining Peak Performance During a PandemicHumanitix / RBA
How to Survive and Thrive as an Entrepreneur during UncertaintyIgnite Business Leadership / Rosebank Business Assoc.
Recession Prep your BusinessIgnite Business Leadership / Rosebank Business Assoc.
Embrace current times and make the most of this period through Social MediaRosebank Business Assoc.
MindfulnessJohn Shackleton, Business Coach, Reach Potential Ltd
How are our ECE Teachers coping during this lockdown?Early Childhood Council
Learning Stories and the Principles of AssessmentEarly Childhood Council
Teacher Certification, Appraisal, and the ECC’s Blue Book FolderEarly Childhood Council
Transition & Continuity of LearningEarly Childhood Council
Physical Health & Movement in ECEEarly Childhood Council
Early Literacy in ECEEarly Childhood Council
COVID-19 Updates and Live Q&A session as at 21/4/20Early Childhood Council, Facilitated by Dr Darius Singh
MoE Funding Rules for COVID-19 Level 3 rulesEarly Childhood Council, Facilitated by Peter Reynolds, Dr Darius Singh, Lonnie Parker, Fitu Ah-Young
ECE Program Websites Matter to Families NOW & AlwaysEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
COVID-19 Financial Survival Strategies for Early Childhood ProgramsEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
Using Mindfulness With Children of All Abilities to Keep Connections Strong, by Dr. Kristie Pretti-FrontczakEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Behavior, by Barbara KaiserEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
Health Guidance for Childcare ProgramsEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
The Joys and Challenges of Managing Nature-Based Programs, by Rachel Larimore, M.A.Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Your Program’s Reputation Depends on Staff Engagement, by Tony D’AgostinoEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
Pedagogical Leadership Strategies for Multi-Site Programs, by Debbi Sluys, RECEEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
Executive Function and Language Development: Unpacking the Science and Exploring New Findings, by Lisa GuernseyEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
Moving Beyond Multicultural Education: Promoting Equity in Early Childhood EducationEarly Childhood Investigations Webinars
Pathways to Nature-Based Play: There Is One for You! by Kay Albrecht, Ph.D.Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
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Mar-20Growth mattersIcehouse
Universal approaches in early childhood education: What is the role of equity?2020 Early Childhood Seminar Series
by The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work
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Feb-20Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) Foundations, Theory, Observations
Topics covered:
Natural motor development (gross motor and fine motor), Social and emotional development of the infant, Creating infant and toddler environments, Exploring a curriculum for infants and toddlers, Parenting.
NZ Infant and Toddler Consortium
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Dec-19“Gaia (Earth) based Education Principles – A journey back to the future”presented by Dr Darius Singh, Nikeeta Singh, Directors of Chrysalis Group, AGU100 – Engaging Preschoolers into Earth and Space Sciences, USA
“The wonderment of volcanoes from a pre-schooler’s perspective”presented by Kim Bone (Gaia ED and Chrysalis Group), Dr Stefania Amici (INGV National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology), AGU100 – Engaging Preschoolers into Earth and Space Sciences, USA
“Inspiring Preschoolers and Teachers with fundamental Gaia (Earth) Based Values”presented by Dr Darius Singh, Nikeeta Singh, Directors of Chrysalis Group, AGU100 – Engaging Preschoolers into Earth and Space Sciences, USA
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Nov-19The Natural Phenomena – A Nature Education Conference in the OutdoorsNature Education Network
Bringing Adventure Back into Play: Outdoor Learning Environments &
Documenting Children’s Play
Niki Buchan, Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy
Ko Au Ko Te Ao – Ko Te Ao Ko Au (I am the environment and the environment is me)Waikarere Gregory & Anna Tripp
Strengthening connections with your Local CurriculumNickie Mackwood
Positive play experiences activate every aspect of the child’s being
Learn to interpret and support growth and resiliency through play
Genevieve Simperingham
Nature in the Early Years – Where do I start?Celia Hogan, Little Kiwis Nature Play
Making Medicine From NatureTia Healey-Jellick, Native Healing Herbals
The Nutrition/Brain/Wellness ConnectionDee Pignéguy, Author of Feed Me Right and Passionate Organic Gardener
STEM Detectives – Identifying STEM and the Arts in Children’s PlayNiki Buchan, Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy
Treasured TaongaTracey Willms Deane, Tuatara Design Store, Artist
Forest Bathing – Awaken your Senses to NatureHannah McQuilkan, Tree Mystic
Maramataka, reclaiming our time and energy systemsHeeni Hoterene, Motatau, Educator and Maramataka Practitioner
What Happens to Us ‘Out There’? Why Can Experiences of Nature Transform Us?Dave Key, Consultant, transformational change educator
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Oct-19Play Based Learning in the Outdoors Classroom: Nature & CurriculumLittle Kiwis – Nature in Play
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Sep-19Compliance workshop for ECE Managers and ownersEarly Childhood Council
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Aug-19Accelerating Beyond She’ll be Right!Jason Ennor, Director, MyHR
Unpacking Te Whariki 2017 – Unpacking Assessement, Planning & EvaluationELP
Compliance workshop for ECE Managers and OwnersEarly Childhood Council
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Jul-19Unpacking the Principles of Reggio EmiliaReggio Emilia Aotearoa
Going to SchoolChildspace
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Jun-19Food Handlers CourseFood Safe NZ
SustainablitySustainable Schools
5@5 TaurangaThrive ELC
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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May-19Transition to School361 Education
Leading with Heart & SoulChildspace
Keeping documentation manageable and meaningfulEarly Childhood Council
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Apr-19“Gaia (Earth) based Education Principles – A journey back to the future”presented by Dr Darius Singh, Nikeeta Singh, Directors of Chrysalis Group, World Forum for Early Care and Education, Macao
Keys to Effective Leadership and Management in Organisationspresented by Dr Darius Singh, Director of Chrysalis Group, World Forum for Early Care and Education, Macao
Leadership Undressed!Leaders Breakfast hosted by RBA, ATEED and the EMA
Tapasa Fono WorkshopTeaching Council NZ
Food Handlers CourseFood Safe NZ
Study Tour at Reggio Emilia in ItalyReggio Emilia Aotearoa
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Mar-195@5Brookfield Kindergarten
Chrysalis Group Leadership and Management Workshop Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Feb-19Working Together for Vulnerable KidsOranga Tamariki/Child Matters
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Jan-19Incredible YearsTauranga Kindergarten Association
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Incredible YearsAKA
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Dec-18“Gaia (Earth) based Education Principles – A journey back to the future”presented by Dr Darius Singh, Nikeeta Singh, Directors of Chrysalis Group, International Conference for Future Learning, Barcelona
Health & Safety in ECE CentresEarly Childhood Council
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Nov-18“Gaia (Earth) based Education Principles – A journey back to the future” presented by Dr Darius Singh, Nikeeta Singh, Directors of Chrysalis Group, International Conference for Educational Research and Innovation, Seville
Peace Power and PartnershipPenny Brownlee
The Sacred Urge to PlayPenny Brownlee
Nature Phenomenon ConferenceThe Nature Education Network
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Oct-18Championing Sustainability in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Incredible YearsTauranga Kindergarten Association
The “Gaia (Earth) based Educational Principle” Weekend WorkshopDr Darius Singh, Nikeeta Singh, Directors Chrysalis Group
Loose PartsFairydust Webinar
Lynfield Kahui Ako MeetingBlockhouse Bay Kindergarten
Unpacking Principles of ReggioREANZ AOTEAROA
Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2018Educational Leadership Project
Key elements of a learning storyKim Hope, ELP
Who’s learning? Who’s leading? – Stories from Ako LangimalieJennifer Lavemai and Mele Lemeki
Are your Learning Stories making a difference to parental aspirations?Wendy Lee, ELP
Forest / Farm adventures: A vertical learning experience!Catalina Thompson, Greerton Kindergarten
Learning Stories: a way to reshape what we value in secondary school assessmentBevan Holloway, Wellington Girls College
Taking narrative assessment into the primary setting, uniting key competencies with learning areasS. Buchanan and C. Donaldson, Waiouru School
Do you see me too?Harriet O’Sullivan, ELP
Identity, culture and language: Teachers’ stories woven with children’s stories in a (bi) cultural curriculumMihaela Enache, ELP
Healthy in Mind, Body AND SpiritTania Bullock, ELP and Lisa Dorothy, Old MacDonald’s Rural Care and Education Centre
Jamie’s Stories: Making learning visible over timeSue Fahey, Te Whare Manaaki Kindergarten
Learning Stories that bridge the gapLynn Rupe, ELP
Understanding children through Māori literacy in early childhoodTerri Maloney and Reweti Elliot
Mana AtuatangaKathryn Delany, ELP
Kaitiakitanga – Guardianship and ConservationB. Soutar and L. Clayton, Mana Tamariki
Do you know me, do you let me fly?Julie Killick, Chelsea Kindergarten
Innovative bicultural pedagogy: Building and making visible children’s learner identityGill Wright, Papamoa Kindergarten
Learning and assessment, together as oneTara O’Neill, Haeata Community College
“How can we honour parent/whānau/family voice in Learning Stories?”Kim Hope, ELP
The importance of whanaungatanga in developing communityR. Chambers-Field, A. Fraser and J. Kidd, Whaihanga Early Learning Centre
Aligning internal evaluation, teaching practising certificate evidence and staff appraisalLorraine Sands, ELP
Documenting Shared Experiences – Collaborative Community StoriesK. Ramsey, K. Parkinson and N. Preibs, Roskill South Kindergarten
Te Whāriki and the true meaning of an IDPLynn Rupe, ELP
One page Learning Story?C. Hartley, P. Rogers and S. Stones, Mangere Bridge Kindergarten
Toddlers – Caretakers of their placeAnita Homewood, ELP
Learning Stories: A pathway to strengthening your appraisal and registration documentationJo Colbert, Chelsea Kindergarten
Conversations with Wendy Lee on Learning Stories and assessmentWendy Lee, ELP
Teachers storiesJ. Dubois, Pennington Kindergarten, Adelaide
Design for Learning, why is it important to engage children in authentic learning?Michelle Flower, ELP
Mathematics in the early years: Much more than counting and shapesK. Ramsey, K. Parkinson and N. Preibs, Roskill South Kindergarten
Joyful stories from a whānau settingLorraine Sands, ELP
Finding the Balance: Learning Stories Within a Primary School ContextAmanda King and Sarah Weston, Oropi School
“Ka ngaro te reo, ka ngaro taua, pēra l te ngaro o te moa’ lf the language is lost, we are lost, we will become extinct as has the moa” (Tamati Reedy)Carol Marks, ELP
Toddlers – Caretakers of their placeAnita Homewood, ELP
Stories of CourageKelly Goodsir Consultancy Pty Ltd, Australia
Healthy in Mind, Body AND SpiritTania Bullick, ELP and Lisa Dorothy, Old MacDonald’s Rural Care and Education Centre
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Sep-18Leadership BootcampKurtovich Consulting
Working Together for Vulnerable KidsOranga Tamariki/Child Matters
Leading sustainability in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) ConferenceNZ Infant and Toddler Consortium
Keynotes and Workshops:
Magda Gerber: Poet & ProphetDr Sue Bredekamp
Begin with the Basics: Introducing The Educaring® ApproachElizabeth Memel & Melissa Coyné
I See You: Facilitating the Weave of the Child’s Learning Through the NZ ECE curriculumSharon Smith
I Like to Move It, Move It!Dr Paola Guraieb & Elsa Chahin
Stonework Play… A Natural Adventure for Children, Parents and TeachersDr. Diana Suskind & Lee Fernandez & Beth Middleton
Caregiving Activities: Why Does Magda Gerber say that this IS the Curriculum?Valorie Cole & Franny Higgins
Respectful Intervention: Helping Parents CopeKarla Kuester
Bringing the Educaring® Approach to the Childcare Setting: Case Studies and Guidance for Educaring InnovatorsJennifer Doebler , Carolyn Paetzel & Debbie Bergstrom
Bringing the Educaring® Approach to the Childcare Setting: Case Studies and Guidance for Educaring InnovatorsJennifer Doebler , Carolyn Paetzel & Debbie Bergstrom
The Phenomenology of Infant Movement: Action and Proprioception in Relation to the FloorMarinda Keng Fan Chan
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Aug-18Transition to School361 Education
He Papa TikangaTe Wananga o Aotearoa
Reggio Professional Learning – Conversations in AucklandREANZ Aotearoa
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Jul-18Power to the Preschooler
Te Whariki in NatureELP
He Papa TikangaTe Wananga o Aotearoa
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Jun-18Developing our Bicultural PracticesEmily Kay
Chrysalis Group Managers Weekend Getaway Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Introduction to Reggio EmiliaBear Park
Te Whariki outcomes in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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May-182018 ECC Annual ConferenceEarly Childhood Council
Workshops:
Keynote Address – Building resilience in our young (tbd)Nigel Latta
Responding to Young Childrens’ behaviourCanterbury University
Our Connected ProfessionEducation Council
Nurturing the potential of our under 5sAsia NZ Foundation
Karawhiua te reo!NZ Tertiary College
Putting Innovation Into Daily ActionGlenn Capelli
Interactive ScienceNZ Tertiary College
Fostering Children’s Spirituality and Nurturing WairuaManukau Institute of Technology
Review of ERO early learning methodology and indicatorsEducation Review Office
How can we empower tamariki as leadersPaikea Kindergarten
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Apr-18Infants and ToddlersREANZ 2018 Autumn Series
Transition to SchoolAstute Education
Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching ProfessionEducation Council of NZ
Standards Matrix Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Mar-18Health & Safety WorkshopsSELO by Auckland Kindergarten Association
Governance, Management & Quality ProvisionAstute Education
Te Whariki – Our curriculumChildspace
Invited Panel – Best Practices in ECEDr Darius Singh, Director, Chrysalis Group, Workshop hosted by BNZ
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Feb-18Rituals: Making the Everyday Extraordinary in ECEChildspace
Introduction to Astute TeacherMace IT / Kid Reports Team
Te Whariki: Advancing Mana Whenua outcomes in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Cooking activities for U2’sClean Plate
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DateTopicProvided by
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Nov-17Effective LeadershipKurtovich consulting
Te Whariki – Advancing Mana Atua outcomes in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Cyber SecurityANZ
Te Whariki – Exploring Mana Whenua outcomes in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Oct-17Compliance WorkshopEarly Childhood Council
Workplace Place CommunicationAspire2Business
Te Whariki – Advancing outcomes in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Sep-17Sustaining Outstanding LeadersInterLead Consultants
Te Whariki Revised361 Education
Tataiako (Cultural competencies)361 Education
Te ReoKa Taea e Koe
Workplace Place CommunicationAspire2Business
Te Whariki – Advancing outcomes in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
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Aug-17Dealing with Problems and ConcernsTeacher Talk – Mark Sweeny
Te Whariki – Advancing outcomes in our centres Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Creating a Boy Friendly Environment361 Education
Workplace Place CommunicationAspire2Business
Best Practice ECE OperationsInvited Panel, Dr Darius Singh, Chrysalis Group Director, ANZ Breakfast
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Jul-17You can korero
Workplace Place CommunicationAspire2Business
Incredible years for TeachersMinistry of Education
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Jun-17Supporting others at being their bestTeacher Talk – Mark Sweeny
Otumoetai Collaboration of Learning MeetingKowhai Educational Solutions Ltd
Nurturing the Learning Minds of Infants and ToddlersInterLead Consultants
Leading with Heart and SoulChildspace
Te Whariki WorkshopsCore Education
Workplace Place CommunicationAspire2Business
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May-172017 ECC Leadership and Management ConferenceEarly Childhood Council
Workshops:
Te Whariki – ECE CurriculumMinistry of Education
ECE Service EvaluationPeter Reynolds (CEO, Early Childhood Council)
Nga Hononga – Reciprocal, Responsive, RelationshipsDr Jan Robertson
Great to GreatGilbert Enoka (All Blacks Mental Skills Coach)
SuccessDr David Keane
Regional Cross Sector Forum – Collaboration of LearningMinistry of Education
Workplace Place CommunicationAspire2Business
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Mar-17Best practices in operations and HRSmart Payroll
Understanding Bicultural Practices361 Education
Sharpening up appraisalsInterLead Consultants
Successful staff managementKurtovich consulting
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Feb-17Wall Displays/Programme Planning Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development
Aligning SystemsInspirED
Incredible Years for TeachersMinistry of Education
Otumoetai Collaboration of Learning MeetingKowhai Educational Solutions Ltd
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Jan-17Incredible Years for Teachers
Otumoetai Collaboration of Learning MeetingKowhai Educational Solutions Ltd
Blue Book – Teacher Registration PortfoliosEarly Childhood Council
Tataiako – Session 1 Kim Bone, Gaia Education & Development