All posts by Sonya McIntyre

Sonya was born in Lower Hutt and went to Rata Street Kindergarten and Petone Kindergarten. A qualified ECE, she studied at Victoria University in Wellington and has worked with home-based educators, in community-based childcare and in kindergarten. With childhood memories of reading books and writing stories, combined with her passion for all things social media, Sonya segued into her role with us at Storypark as social media manager.

Preparing for and teaching through COVID-19

In Sauquoit New York, nestled on acres of land sits an enchanting place where children spend their days being outside and in touch with the natural world. Young Einsteins is a haven where children are given the opportunity to garden,...

/ April 1, 2020

Physical Distancing in ECE

Coronavirus is the word on everybody’s lips in all corners of the world right now, along with ‘Physical Distancing’ and ‘Self Isolation’ the 2 phrases we have become all too familiar with in recent weeks. It is all well and...

/ March 21, 2020

Coronavirus – Strategies and Resources for Educators

Times of stress are difficult for children, parents, educators and business owners/operators. It’s important that we stay connected and care for each other as best we can during this time, especially supporting those isolated by COVID19. The strength of relationships...

/ March 17, 2020

Coronavirus – Resources for Families in Isolation

Coronavirus – Resources for Families in Isolation With the spread of coronavirus having an impact on people worldwide, we have been discussing the implications this has for young children’s education. There will no doubt be temporary closures of early learning...

/ March 17, 2020
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Activities to do at home with children

One of the difficult things many parents will face right now during the Coronavirus pandemic is coming up with ideas to keep children busy and engaged in learning while they are home during isolation periods. But try not to worry...

/ March 17, 2020

Tips for starting your teaching year organised

Do you ever feel at the end of your teaching year, that your entire life is in complete and utter chaos? Are you a new teacher who is wondering “how on earth do I stay organised amongst all of the...

/ January 6, 2020

Educators Are Worthy Of Care

Educators are worthy of care As a consultant, I am fortunate enough to be invited into the lives of early childhood professionals. More recently, many individuals seem to be exploring what educator wellbeing means for them both personally and professionally....

/ April 29, 2019

Kindergarten, our heart-shaped community

The big deep hole and the tears The first death seemed easier. Otis, the little black and white dog, that didn’t really like him much, was on mum’s knee. Otis never went in the car so something was happening. And...

/ November 9, 2018

Can toddlers and under fives really change the world?

We often talk about children in terms of potential. We consider that one day they might do something important, something world-changing, or just be more than they currently are. You see and hear it all the time “he has so...

/ November 7, 2018

It’s Just a Phase: Oh No!

Somewhere around age two, many toddlers discover the awesome power behind one very short word: “No!” And oh boy, do they love to use it! “Let’s get your coat on; it’s cold.” “No!” “Let’s wash your hands.” “No. No wash!”...

/ October 26, 2018