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.

A connected community at Malangenna Children’s Centre

Malengenna Children’s Centre is a 67 place centre offering centre-based care for children from birth to seven years of age and is part of the wider group of Devonport Child Care Centres. Being relatively new to using Storypark, the teams at Devonport Child Care Centres quickly found it to be an invaluable tool as they navigated the turbulent waters of...

/ December 6, 2020

Updates to Families App

One of our top priorities at Storypark is to ensure that both families and educators get the most out of our Storypark for Educators and Storypark For Families apps. We do this by regularly working on updating and improving our apps. We also create new features that help you to get the most out of Storypark and Storypark For Families. Here’s a...

/ October 14, 2020

7 ways to increase enrolments in your learning service

7 ways to increase enrolments in your learning service With new early learning services opening in neighbourhoods regularly, it can be increasingly difficult at times to fill your rolls. Despite having a high-quality learning programme, affordable fees with a team of qualified, passionate and professional educators and a great location… it can still be a challenge. Maybe all you need...

/ September 24, 2020
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Digital technology in ECE

Become more confident using digital technology in ECE When it comes to digital technology in ECE, some people are much more confident exploring what is possible. Others, however, can feel a little nervous, and unsure how to navigate this whole new way of being. ICT certainly challenges some of our ‘tried and true’ values and beliefs about how children learn...

/ August 28, 2020

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 one that you aren’t ready to make or isn’t right for you. With the upcoming changes in the CCMS provider...

/ August 3, 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. Knowing what matters to you, and more importantly, WHY it is important to you, helps us to understand, and help...

/ July 6, 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, care for chickens and birds, and observe pond life creatures in their natural habitat, all whilst being guided by the...

/ 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 times. It is all well and good to say we should practice these recommendations, as well as suggestions to work from home and to keep your...

/ 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 and community will be a big influence in supporting people’s mental and physical health in the weeks/months ahead and ensure...

/ 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 services. There will also be families (and educators) who due to exposure to the virus, or other risk factors need...

/ March 17, 2020