Category: Inspiration

Inspiration, tips and fun stuff

Living a sustainable centre life

Here are some simple, every day practices you can implement to lead your early learning service on a journey to living more sustainably.  At the dining table Place a compost bowl on the lunch table for food scraps that can...

/ September 18, 2018

Reflective practice – growing as educators and learners

Reflection has been described as a process of turning experience into learning. That is, of exploring experience in order to learn new things from it. Reflection involves taking the unprocessed, raw material of experience and engaging with it to make...

/ September 11, 2018

Sustainability tips for ECE leaders

Currently, we are over-using the earth, and that’s a worry. Our buy now, think later mindset is creating a world where we will shortly start to run out of resources. Role modeling is a very effective teaching strategy and one...

/ July 15, 2018

Insights into the updated National Quality Framework 2018

Research shows quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. The early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn. Quality education and care shapes...

/ June 18, 2018

Better Books: Grandparents and Grandchildren

What kinds of families do the children in your early childhood centre or local community live in?   If everyone you know has just a mum, a dad, and children, in their house, then they will find themselves well represented...

/ May 28, 2018

3 phrases for a sexism free childhood

‘Use your walking feet, please!’ ‘Gentle hands, remember?’ ‘Use your words.’   If you live or work with small children, you will have plenty of these repeatable phrases up your sleeve. It’s good to have brief and catchy things to...

/ February 27, 2018

Setting professional goals

Teaching goals, slightly different from the usual ‘drink more water/walk more’ type of goals. Nowadays, there is heaps of advice about goal setting, the Dec/Jan magazines are covered in how to get the new-you in 2018. Teaching goals are a...

/ January 28, 2018

Tips for Tramping with Toddlers

Have you heard of vitamin N? According to author, Richard Louv, the N is for nature. He’s written several books about the value of nature for healthy development and quality of life, such as Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to...

/ January 28, 2018

Kaitiakitanga: Children as Champions of Nature, for Nature

Kaitiakitanga: Children as Champions of Nature, for Nature By: Brigitte Alamani (Head Teacher | Daisies Early Education and Care Centre) Background Daisies is a family owned long-day education and care centre in Johnsonville, Wellington, that is licensed for 30 children...

/ January 7, 2018

The Benefits of Tramping with Children

“It’s Tuesday Adventure Day! Where do you want to go today?” My 4-year-old turned to her friend to begin a serious discussion about their favourite local day walks. In the end, they voted on a track through nearby farmland rumoured...

/ December 15, 2017