All posts by Peter Dixon

Peter was born in Auckland and went to Brooklyn Kindergarten. Since then he has helped develop a number of ventures in both New Zealand and North America, and worked to support other organisations who believe in making a difference in the world.

Our new normal – the importance of building relationships and sustainability

COVID-19 has been a stressful but insightful journey for the ECE profession, changing some day to day practices in line with temporary requirements, and others in a way that will never return to what used to be considered ‘normal’. With some parents being made redundant and government subsidies soon to finish, many centres face growing competition for remaining families. With...

/ June 28, 2020
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10 considerations for ECE leaders responding to Covid-19

Leaders across the ECE sector are being forced to rethink many parts of their operations as Covid-19 changes perceptions, practices and permitted activities. Over the last two weeks, I’ve been talking with CEO’s and leaders of ECE services in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. This article shares some of their thinking around Covid-19 with the hope of supporting you to...

/ April 8, 2020
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Rethinking practice and caring in new ways – supporting ECE services through Covid-19

This is an unprecedented time in the ECE profession. Individuals, managers and owners/operators are faced with conflicting pressures: Ethically what’s my/our responsibility to flatten the curve and help care for our society? What will the government mandate around closures and self isolation mean for our families? How will this affect our team, families, occupancy and operations? What are parents going...

/ March 17, 2020

Enhancing purpose and sustainability in ECE (Part 2)

Storypark’s purpose is to help every child fulfil their unique potential by connecting and empowering the community around them. We do this in a number of ways, one of which is to help attract and sustain relationships with parents (empowering centres to build profitability and therefore the able to make a long term impact for children). This is the second...

/ August 3, 2016

Enhancing purpose and sustainability in ECE (part 1)

With over 3,000 early childhood centres and primary schools using Storypark across 23 countries, the impact and outcomes we create for children, families and educators is now well proven. Whether your organization is a community centre, for profit, not for profit, a registered charity; a single centre or a large group of services: pursuing your mission of creating meaningful outcomes...

/ August 3, 2016

Why do educators really struggle to engage with parents?

As CEO of Storypark I have the good fortune of working with great educators from all over the world. My job is to listen and understand our partners, educators and advisors to ensure that Storypark evolves in the ways that best serve children, educators and families. All this listening lets me see common challenges and trends, so this is my...

/ May 5, 2016

Who is documentation of children’s learning really for?

“The question in my mind is – who is documentation really for, at the end of the day who does it belong to? Is it a record for the child now or in the future? A tool for children to reflect on their recent learning? A way of sharing and engaging parents, family and communities in a child’s learning? Or...

/ April 13, 2016