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Reflect, Reconnect, Reimagine… Coming to Nelson!

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm


Reflect, Reconnect, Reimagine

Coming to Nelson!

Saturday 17 September, 10:00am-1:30pm

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Only $119.00 per person

Four workshops to choose from!

I am a seed born of greatness |
E kore au e ngaro, he kākano ahau i ruia mai i rangiātea
Presented by Lynn Rupe

How do we know we are a seed born of greatness? It is through the stories that have been told from generation to generation. It is these stories that hold the aspirations of the whānau. It is inside these carefully crafted stories that we find ourselves, our identity, our connection. Yet in ECE we often ask whānau to fill in an ‘About Me’ sheet that does not acknowledge the richness of the story or connection to the tīpuna that have gone before the tamaiti that is standing in front of us. Te Whāriki says, “It is important that kaiako develop meaningful relationships with whānau and that they respect their aspirations for their children.” Accomplishing this hinges on these words – ‘develop meaningful relationships’. The question then is: Does an ‘about me’ sheet build on this idea or is there another way to view our commitment to respecting whānau hopes and aspirations?

Walk softly on the earth: Sustainability in ECE
Presented by Gayle Croft

Humans are the only species on the planet that don’t live by zero waste principles. The natural world does not create waste. Everything at the end of its life, whether it’s a plant or animal, becomes part of another system. A dead insect becomes kai for another insect, a tree that falls in the bush rots and provides nutrients to the earth for new growth. Everything in nature is part of a closed, continuous, endless cycle.
Human society on the other hand has a take, make, and dispose mentality, and every day we create and dispose of vast quantities of waste. Things must change. We cannot continue to use and then throw things ‘away’, because ‘away’ does not exist. Our waste does not magically disappear when it leaves our sight – It is buried in Papatūānuku, and it is making her sick.
This workshop will take invite you to look closely at sustainable practices in ECE and share examples of how these can become an integral part of your local curriculum. More specifically I will share the experiences of Tiaki, a small privately owned early learning centre nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua , just a stones throw away from Ōwhata Marae. A place that gave children green, natural spaces to play in, and that connected them with both the natural world and the rich and unique culture of the community we live in. The word Tiaki means to ‘care, protect and look after’. It is a name that was chosen for us by the local hapū Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi. One of our overarching philosophies is to ‘walk softly on the earth’ and this kaupapa is reflected in many aspects of the programme.

On my own, with your help: Laying the foundations for self regulation and resilience in infants and toddlers
Presented by Anita Homewood

We are blessed to have a curriculum dedicated to the learning and development of infants and toddlers, focused on care and respect, and that embraces and nurtures the whole child. Within this curriculum, kaiako support infants and toddlers to discover how to ‘be’ in this ever-changing world, and recognise, in particular, the importance of providing opportunities to grow resilience and self regulation. We will take a look at what self regulation and resilience are, and how we can support infants and toddlers in in this part of their journey towards autonomy. We will will also look at how to capture this learning through our documentation, sharing these magic moments that shape our youngest learners identities as capable and competent.

From stress to satisfaction: Courage to keep going when it feels all too much
Presented by Rebecca Kingston

If we want tomorrow to be better, we need to have the courage to continue today! This workshop invites you to begin the clean up of the mental messes and stresses that the last couple of years may have caused in your professional life. We look at replacing the frustrations and uncertainty with more powerful and hope-filled thinking, a renewed passion and purpose and creating a growth environment around you. This time will speak life back into your career as a Kaiako and will bring contentment that you are right where you are meant to be.

Attendees to select two workshops for the day (one in each session).

10:00am-11:30: Workshop Session
11:30-12:00: Break
12:00- 1:30pm: Workshop Session


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Reflect, Reconnect, Reimagine... Nelson 17.09.2022
$ 119.00


September 17
10:00 am - 1:30 pm


322 Hardy Street
Nelson, New Zealand
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