PLEASE NOTE: ANYONE working in the Early Childhood Field is welcome to attend, SO don’t forget to spread the word.
Toni Christie from Childspace New Zealand
Topic | Rituals: A pathway to self regulation
"Rituals provide a feast for the soul. This course will excite your senses by showing you practical ways you can turn your everyday routines into magical experiences for children. Meaningful centre rituals inspire children to willingly participate in the self-regulation process celebrating both a sense of social responsibility and a positive sense of self."
Soundswell - music and fun to end the day
Workshop 1: Robin Christie from Childspace New Zealand
Doctor Bob's Teacher Trickery
"Join the chaos and hilarity as Doctor Bob demonstrates practical science experiments and shares his tips and tricks appropriate for early childhood education. Participants will be getting hands on and experimenting alongside."
Toni and Robin Christie are inspirational Keynote speakers in the field of early childhood education. Robin's work designing and building children's playgrounds, furnishings and equipment is internationally renowned. He is a passionate advocate for natural and aesthetic environments for our youngest Children. Robin is also a bit of a clown and likes to dress up as his alter ego, Doctor Bob, and put on science shows and workshops. He is a puppeteer, musician and storyteller as well as a father, teacher and husband. Toni is the real brains of the outfit, and she is recognised internationally for her contributions to the field of infant and toddler research and writing. Toni delivers keynote addresses and workshops on many and varied subjects relevant to early
childhood education including leadership, communication, emotional development, respectful care, behaviour guidance and self-review. Toni enjoys her many roles as author, editor, marriage celebrant, mother and wife. Together Toni and Robin provide visionary leadership for their team of more than 50 teachers, designers and administrators at Childspace. They edit a quarterly magazinefor early childhood in New Zealand and run around their country teaching early childhood teachers to play the ukulele among other things. These two always travel together and they make the perfect addition to early childhood education conference
programmes as keynote speakers and workshop facilitators. They are passionate advocates, highly inspirational, knowledgeable, entertaining and fun!
Robyn Crowe is a qualified teacher whose background includes many years teaching physical education in primary and secondary schools, coaching gymnastics and teaching in preschools. She now specializes in early childhood movement and music and the impact it has on brain development and learning. Robyn was a national presenter for Gymnastics Australia for over 20 years and is also keenly sought after as a popular motivating presenter, locally, nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops. Whilst presently teaching part time at the tertiary level, she continues to keep in touch with the needs of young children teaching movement and music sessions in schools and centers.
Robyn's professionalism, combined with her unique ideas, creativity and passion for children's education has led to her authoring an exciting collection of original manuals, CD's and visual resources for early childhood educators, coaches, parents and child care providers.
Workshop 3: Matthew Stapleton from Centre Support
"Rethinking your professional practice"
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