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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 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 as well as our own Group Development Manager who support 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:

 

Date Topic Provided by
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Dec-19 “Gaia (Earth) based Education Principles – A journey back to the future” to be 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” to be 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” to be 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-19 The Natural Phenomena – A Nature Education Conference in the Outdoors Nature 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 Curriculum Nickie 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 Nature Tia Healey-Jellick, Native Healing Herbals
The Nutrition/Brain/Wellness Connection Dee Pignéguy, Author of Feed Me Right and Passionate Organic Gardener
STEM Detectives – Identifying STEM and the Arts in Children’s Play Niki Buchan, Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy
Treasured Taonga Tracey Willms Deane, Tuatara Design Store, Artist
Forest Bathing – Awaken your Senses to Nature Hannah McQuilkan, Tree Mystic
Maramataka, reclaiming our time and energy systems Heeni 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-19 Play Based Learning in the Outdoors Classroom: Nature & Curriculum Little Kiwis – Nature in Play
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Sep-19 Compliance workshop for ECE Managers and owners Early Childhood Council
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Aug-19 Accelerating Beyond She’ll be Right! Jason Ennor, Director, MyHR
Unpacking Te Whariki 2017 – Unpacking Assessement, Planning & Evaluation ELP
Compliance workshop for ECE Managers and Owners Early Childhood Council
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Jul-19 Unpacking the Principles of Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia Aotearoa
Going to School Childspace
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Jun-19 Food Handlers Course Food Safe NZ
Sustainablity Sustainable Schools
5@5 Tauranga Thrive ELC
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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May-19 Transition to School 361 Education
Leading with Heart & Soul Childspace
Keeping documentation manageable and meaningful Early 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 Organisations presented 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 Workshop Teaching Council NZ
Food Handlers Course Food Safe NZ
Study Tour at Reggio Emilia in Italy Reggio Emilia Aotearoa
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Mar-19 5@5 Brookfield Kindergarten
Chrysalis Group Leadership and Management Workshop  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Feb-19 Working Together for Vulnerable Kids Oranga Tamariki/Child Matters
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Jan-19 Incredible Years Tauranga Kindergarten Association
Assessment, Planning & Evaluation  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
Incredible Years AKA
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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 Centres Early 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 Partnership Penny Brownlee
The Sacred Urge to Play Penny Brownlee
Nature Phenomenon Conference The Nature Education Network
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Oct-18 Sustainability Workshops for Centre’s Sustainability Champions  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
Incredible Years Tauranga Kindergarten Association
The “Gaia (Earth) based Educational Principle” Weekend Workshop Dr Darius Singh, Nikeeta Singh, Directors Chrysalis Group
Loose Parts Fairydust Webinar
Lynfield Kahui Ako Meeting Blockhouse Bay Kindergarten
Unpacking Principles of Reggio REANZ AOTEAROA
Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2018 Educational Leadership Project
Key elements of a learning story Kim Hope, ELP
Who’s learning? Who’s leading? – Stories from Ako Langimalie Jennifer 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 assessment Bevan Holloway, Wellington Girls College
Taking narrative assessment into the primary setting, uniting key competencies with learning areas S. 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 curriculum Mihaela Enache, ELP
Healthy in Mind, Body AND Spirit Tania Bullock, ELP and Lisa Dorothy, Old MacDonald’s Rural Care and Education Centre
Jamie’s Stories: Making learning visible over time Sue Fahey, Te Whare Manaaki Kindergarten
Learning Stories that bridge the gap Lynn Rupe, ELP
Understanding children through Māori literacy in early childhood Terri Maloney and Reweti Elliot
Mana Atuatanga Kathryn Delany, ELP
Kaitiakitanga – Guardianship and Conservation B. 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 identity Gill Wright, Papamoa Kindergarten
Learning and assessment, together as one Tara 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 community R. Chambers-Field, A. Fraser and J. Kidd, Whaihanga Early Learning Centre
Aligning internal evaluation, teaching practising certificate evidence and staff appraisal Lorraine Sands, ELP
Documenting Shared Experiences – Collaborative Community Stories K. Ramsey, K. Parkinson and N. Preibs, Roskill South Kindergarten
Te Whāriki and the true meaning of an IDP Lynn Rupe, ELP
One page Learning Story? C. Hartley, P. Rogers and S. Stones, Mangere Bridge Kindergarten
Toddlers – Caretakers of their place Anita Homewood, ELP
Learning Stories: A pathway to strengthening your appraisal and registration documentation Jo Colbert, Chelsea Kindergarten
Conversations with Wendy Lee on Learning Stories and assessment Wendy Lee, ELP
Teachers stories J. 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 shapes K. Ramsey, K. Parkinson and N. Preibs, Roskill South Kindergarten
Joyful stories from a whānau setting Lorraine Sands, ELP
Finding the Balance: Learning Stories Within a Primary School Context Amanda 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 place Anita Homewood, ELP
Stories of Courage Kelly Goodsir Consultancy Pty Ltd, Australia
Healthy in Mind, Body AND Spirit Tania Bullick, ELP and Lisa Dorothy, Old MacDonald’s Rural Care and Education Centre
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Sep-18 Leadership Bootcamp Kurtovich Consulting
Working Together for Vulnerable Kids Oranga Tamariki/Child Matters
Sustainabilty Workshop for Managers  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Conference NZ Infant and Toddler Consortium
Keynotes and Workshops:
Magda Gerber: Poet & Prophet Dr Sue Bredekamp
Begin with the Basics: Introducing The Educaring® Approach Elizabeth Memel & Melissa Coyné
I See You: Facilitating the Weave of the Child’s Learning Through the NZ ECE curriculum Sharon Smith
I Like to Move It, Move It! Dr Paola Guraieb & Elsa Chahin
Stonework Play… A Natural Adventure for Children, Parents and Teachers Dr. 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 Cope Karla Kuester
Bringing the Educaring® Approach to the Childcare Setting: Case Studies and Guidance for Educaring Innovators Jennifer Doebler , Carolyn Paetzel & Debbie Bergstrom
Bringing the Educaring® Approach to the Childcare Setting: Case Studies and Guidance for Educaring Innovators Jennifer Doebler , Carolyn Paetzel & Debbie Bergstrom
The Phenomenology of Infant Movement: Action and Proprioception in Relation to the Floor Marinda Keng Fan Chan
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Aug-18 Transition to School 361 Education
He Papa Tikanga Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Reggio Professional Learning – Conversations in Auckland REANZ Aotearoa
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Jul-18 Power to the Preschooler
Te Whariki in Nature ELP
He Papa Tikanga Te Wananga o Aotearoa
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Jun-18 Developing our Bicultural Practices Emily Kay
Chrysalis Group Managers Weekend Workshop  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
Introduction to Reggio Emilia Bear Park
Te Whariki Overview  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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May-18 2018 ECC Annual Conference Early Childhood Council
Workshops:
Keynote Address – Building resilience in our young (tbd) Nigel Latta
Responding to Young Childrens’ behaviour Canterbury University
Our Connected Profession Education Council
Nurturing the potential of our under 5s Asia NZ Foundation
Karawhiua te reo! NZ Tertiary College
Putting Innovation Into Daily Action Glenn Capelli
Interactive Science NZ Tertiary College
Fostering Children’s Spirituality and Nurturing Wairua Manukau Institute of Technology
Review of ERO early learning methodology and indicators Education Review Office
How can we empower tamariki as leaders Paikea Kindergarten
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Apr-18 Infants and Toddlers REANZ 2018 Autumn Series
Transition to School Astute Education
Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession Education Council of NZ
Standards Matrix  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Mar-18 Health & Safety Workshops SELO by Auckland Kindergarten Association
Governance, Management & Quality Provision Astute Education
Te Whariki – Our curriculum Childspace
Invited Panel – Best Practices in ECE Dr Darius Singh, Director, Chrysalis Group, Workshop hosted by BNZ
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Feb-18 Rituals: Making the Everyday Extraordinary in ECE Childspace
Introduction to Astute Teacher Mace IT / Kid Reports Team
Te Whariki: Advancing Mana Whenua outcomes in our centres  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
Cooking activities for U2’s Clean Plate
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Nov-17 Effective Leadership Kurtovich consulting
Te Whariki – Advancing Mana Atua outcomes in our centres  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
Cyber Security ANZ
Te Whariki – Exploring Mana Whenua outcomes in our centres  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Oct-17 Compliance Workshop Early Childhood Council
Workplace Place Communication Aspire2Business
Te Whariki – Advancing outcomes in our centres  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Sep-17 Sustaining Outstanding Leaders InterLead Consultants
Te Whariki Revised 361 Education
Tataiako (Cultural competencies) 361 Education
Te Reo Ka Taea e Koe
Workplace Place Communication Aspire2Business
Te Whariki – Advancing outcomes in our centres  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
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Aug-17 Dealing with Problems and Concerns Teacher Talk – Mark Sweeny
Te Whariki – Advancing outcomes in our centres  Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
Creating a Boy Friendly Environment 361 Education
Workplace Place Communication Aspire2Business
Best Practice ECE Operations Invited Panel, Dr Darius Singh, Chrysalis Group Director, ANZ Breakfast
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Jul-17 You can korero
Workplace Place Communication Aspire2Business
Incredible years for Teachers Ministry of Education
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Jun-17 Supporting others at being their best Teacher Talk – Mark Sweeny
Otumoetai Collaboration of Learning Meeting Kowhai Educational Solutions Ltd
Nurturing the Learning Minds of Infants and Toddlers InterLead Consultants
Leading with Heart and Soul Childspace
Te Whariki Workshops Core Education
Workplace Place Communication Aspire2Business
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May-17 2017 ECC Leadership and Management Conference Early Childhood Council
Workshops:
Te Whariki – ECE Curriculum Ministry of Education
ECE Service Evaluation Peter Reynolds (CEO, Early Childhood Council)
Nga Hononga – Reciprocal, Responsive, Relationships Dr Jan Robertson
Great to Great Gilbert Enoka (All Blacks Mental Skills Coach)
Success Dr David Keane
Regional Cross Sector Forum – Collaboration of Learning Ministry of Education
Workplace Place Communication Aspire2Business
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Mar-17 Best practices in operations and HR Smart Payroll
Understanding Bicultural Practices 361 Education
Sharpening up appraisals InterLead Consultants
Successful staff management Kurtovich consulting
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Feb-17 Wall Displays/Programme Planning Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)
Aligning Systems InspirED
Incredible Years for Teachers Ministry of Education
Otumoetai Collaboration of Learning Meeting Kowhai Educational Solutions Ltd
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Jan-17 Incredible Years for Teachers
Otumoetai Collaboration of Learning Meeting Kowhai Educational Solutions Ltd
Blue Book – Teacher Registration Portfolios Early Childhood Council
Tataiako – Session 1 Gaia ED (Gaia Education & Development)