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.

Why is this so confusing? Choose what works for you

Don’t you just hate it when you feel pushed to make a decision, especially one that you weren’t ready to make? Change can be good, but this type of change can feel awful and be so disruptive if it is...

/ August 3, 2020
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The planning feature on Storypark – so many possibilities

The planning feature on Storypark – what’s possible? More than you may think! After listening to educators around the world, we realised that everyone plans differently and that there could be no one-size-fits-all solution. Based on this feedback we developed...

/ July 23, 2020

What’s new at Storypark – June 2020

Over the past months, we have released a few new features that we want to share with you. Part of the process for working on Storypark improvements and new features involves collating, reviewing and prioritising the feedback you give us....

/ July 6, 2020

Settling children back into your learning service after lockdown

Settling back into your learning service Having a strategy and procedures in place for transitioning children (and their families) back into your learning environment is of utmost importance right now. In New Zealand, schools and early learning services have opened...

/ May 26, 2020

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