Kindergarten & Care

Chrissy Lepper

He Mapuna te tamaiti

3 June 2020



Wendy Lee

7 March 2020

Curriculum, Planning & Assessment





Louise Holdcroft


Oral Language & Literacy Initiative (OLLi)

A programme to enhance the knowledge, practices and confidence kaiako need to successfully support children' s oral language and early literacy development.




Mark Moorhouse

Detective Sergeant, Child Protection & Adult Sexual Assault Supervisor

3rd September 2018

A workshop to enforce kaiako responsibilities surrounding child protection matters.



Gillian Hewitt-Stubbs

Psychologist - Hawkes Bay Ministry of Education

14 August 2018

This workshop was designed to give kaiako a deeper understanding of the biological mechanism that drives behaviour and how to use this understanding to work effectively with young children.


Debbie Scott

Breathe Hawke's Bay

6 August 2018

A presentation on children with asthma, what it looks like, the triggers and remedies.  The importance of administering medication correctly.




23 May 2018

Transition to School

Facilitated by Irene McAllister & Hayley Whitaker.

Introductory talk by Kimberley Crisp

A opportunity to come together with early years teachers and new entrant teachers to discuss enablers and barriers to successful transition to school.



Chrissy Lepper

9th September 2017

Observations, planning & assessment.  With an updated curriculum document time to refresh and revise our teaching practices.

Bridgit Williams

6th May 2017

This workshop examined what it meant to demonstrate a commitment to, and respect for, the heritages, languages and cultures of both partners to the Treaty of Waitangi.  We examined what it means to practice in authentically bicultural ways and how to embed these in everyday practice.  Tataiako was introduced as an effective mechanism for doing this.


Sue Kurtovich

27th February 2017

Sue is a specialist in Early Childhood Centre administration and management. Sue worked with our team in developing a robust self review system.



Chrissy Lepper

27 September 2016

Chrissy continued with the Transition to School focus.  This session focused on languages of learning and assessment practices.




Nathan Wallis

August 2016

Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management.

Until recently he lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and was also a board member and senior trainer with the highly respected Brainwave Trust. In 2010 he founded a private training consultancy, Nathan Wallis Ltd, with the goal of facilitating easy to understand professional development training reflecting the latest neuroscience discoveries and their practical implications for everyday practice.

Since then he has been in hot demand, delivering in excess of 150 presentations every year throughout New Zealand and Australia. He has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make this complex topic come to life.

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Our workshop with Nathan focused on the developing brain and some of the key areas he discussed was:

What is known about changes that occur in the frontal cortex and the implications on the biological workings of the brain.

What the research has shown about the ideal physical, emotional, educational and social conditions under which the developing brain functions at its best.

What the implications of this knowledge means in our professional practice when working with children.  What approaches and interventions work best from a neuroscience perspective and how we can guide behaviour change in a way that acknowledges and utilises the unique workings of the developing brain. 





Chrissy Lepper

2 August 2016

Transition to School, are Early Childhood Teachers and Primary School Teachers supporting children to ensure a smooth shift?  What is working well and what's not working so well for our children at this critical point of transition?





Special Education

Nicky Taylor (Speech Language Therapist) Jenny Pacey (Early Intervention Teacher)

July 2016

A workshop was presented to the teaching staff which explained Special Education and their role in supporting parents and teachers when there are concerns about learning and development of young children. Such concerns can include developmental delay, disability, behaviour and/or communication difficulties.  A holistic approach is taken when assessing children in order to develop goals which support childrens development.  They discussed the vital role that teachers play in supporting children in an inclusive environment.




Eric Hollis

May 2016

The Scallywaggs staff completed training in recognising and responding to sexual behaviours in children and how to identify sexual behaviours which cause concern.  The programme was sponsored by The Ministry of Education as part of Strengthening Child Protection Practice.

The workshop included: an introduction to the Vulnerable Children Act (2014); designing strong policy; understanding childhood sexual behaviours, intervening with problem sexual behaviours; understanding sexual abuse; potential effects of sexual abuse; primary indicators; responding to sexual abuse and disclosure; analysis of practical scenarios; and reporting.




Kimberley Crisp

April 2016

The He'ART' of being a peaceful teacher

Kimberley has been involved in child care and education since 1995. She has followed her passion for children’s well-being in a number of different roles. While working for PORSE (In Home Childcare), as a facilitator and mentor to Early Childhood teachers, Kimberley had the opportunity to attend the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary, where she completed the Summer Course and Advanced Level on the Piklerian Approach of Early Childhood Education.

Experiencing a profound shift in consciousness, in ‘seeing the child’, Kimberley recognised the deep need to change the way we work with infants and young children. Her Vision: a place to grow – not only for children, but for parents, families and teachers. A peaceful, harmonious and beautiful space; a little ‘slice of heaven’ to support the unfolding ‘child’.

This workshop explored aspects of creating a harmonious learning community which is peaceful, beautiful, and at the same time robust, providing challenges for each child at their level.  There has been some considerable changes in the centre environments as a result of this inspirational workshop.



 Pennie Brownlee

November 2015

I've told you a Thousand Times

This inspiring workshop explored gaining a deeper level of verbal respect. "The sacred begins at the tip of the tongue.  Be careful when speaking, you create the world around you with your words".  Pennie was able to provide techniques to change counterproductive language patterns and use words to get results in integrity with everyone's best interests.



Nathan Wallis

June 2015

Nathan's presentation explored the importance of interacting, nurturing and educating our youngest citizens from a neurological persepctice.  He also explored current research that related to the development of social emotional skills, developing resilience and how this plays a crucial role in the subsequent development of cognitive skills.




Jae Sutherland

April 2015

This workshop supported our team with common Maori concepts - eg kotahitanga, manaakitanga & whanaungatanga and how to utilise these values alongside childrens learning.  Additionally Jae worked on pronounciation of names (people and places) and common words and everyday phrases and words that can be used daily with our tamariki. 



Autism Wairarapa Charitable Trust

Wendy Roesler & Wendy Paterson

November 2014

This workshop covered :

* What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder

* Early Intervention - What does this mean?

* Practical ideas to support ASD childrenin in a learning environment

* Open forum

* Practical resources for Educators and Parents working with children with ASD




Chrissy Lepper

October 2014

Chrissy shared her journey to Reggio Emilia.  Her presentation included stories, photos and video footage that encouraged us to think deeper about the Reggio Emilia philosophy and with a lens on community engagement and curriculum.