Dr Louise Porter

Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter


Keynote Presentation

"Behaviour Guidance Principles"

In this keynote address, Dr Louise Porter will compare and contrast two styles of discipline: controlling discipline (which uses rewards and punishments) and a guidance approach. Guidance believes that children do not need incentives to behave but instead behave well when they can. Like us, children want to be successful. Therefore, if they are making mistakes, it is because they lack skill – the main one of which is the ability to regulate their feelings and impulses. If we punished them for not know how to do this, we would be punishing them for being children. Instead, we need to teach children skills that allow them to behave considerately.


Workshop Sessions Two and Three

"Behaviour Guidance Practices"

This session will detail how to replace rewards such as praise with acknowledgment. This will not only help children’s behaviour will also safeguard their self-esteem Next, it will outline everyday alternatives to punishments, and how to support children to practise the emotional self-control that they need to act thoughtfully towards others. 

Pennie Brownlee

Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter


Keynote Presentation

"Super Models"

Every intelligence that is human is genetically encoded into every human child. The catch is that the coding is only potential, it has to be real-ised. This requires a set of optimum conditions so each child can open the intelligence-potential they are born with. That’s where we come in - as Super Models.


Workshop Sessions One and Two


"Go Outside and Play"

One of the inherent human intelligences every child is born with is Nature Intelligence. This intelligence will be at the forefront of future human efforts to work with nature and the ecological systems upon which life depends. We cannot bring up a whole generation of children who are ecoliterate. The good news is, home-based care is ideally placed to foster ecoliteracy. We could be the Super Models for ecoliteracy in ECE.  


"Stone Age Babies In Our Consumer Society"

Babies haven’t changed in tens of thousands of years. However, group care for babies and toddlers is a very new experiment, only a few decades old in this country. There are some important things we should know about the development of babies in their first three years, things that will decide how well their lives turn out in the future. In this workshop we will learn the steps to the Partnership Dance that all human babies expect when they are born, an expectation that is thousands of years old. 

Pat Davey - ERO

Workshop Sessions One and Two

"Using effective internal evaluation to improve outcomes for children"


This workshop will draw on the recent ERO publication Effective Internal Evaluation for Improvement.  It will provide an overview of the resource and give participants the opportunity to explore implications for evaluating their local curriculum in the context of Te Whāriki (2017).  The most relevant audience would be service leadership teams such as: owners, managers, visiting teachers/coordinators.


(We are planning to have a practical component to this workshop. It may be useful for participants, if possible, to bring a recently completed review or internal evaluation that they are able to share with others.)


A workshop for service leadership teams such as; owners, managers, visiting teachers/coordinators.

Open Polytechnic of NZ



Open Polytechnic has been offering qualifications to the home-based sector since 1994. The Open Polytechnic level 4 Certificate in Early Childhood Practice was developed in consultation with the home-based sector and opened in 2011. The Certificate remains a popular programme of study for homebased educators.  In 2015 over 100 educators completed the 1st course and 78 educators completed the 2nd course and were awarded the Certificate.


The Head of School will present the new NZQA Qualifications and the changes to existing pathways and qualifications.

They will also present the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu

Workshop Session Three

"Exploring our children’s voices through song"

How can we ensure that in our play based learning, we are encouraging students to develop their gifts and talents?

In this workshop we focus on how we can explore children’s voices and thoughts on happiness, love and understanding, as part of the fundamental rights for children around the world.  We discover how we can support children to be able to give opinions and share their ideas, so that they can use music to express themselves in meaningful ways. 


Manu is a practising ethnomusicologist and educator. Her teaching experience has been in secondary schools in Auckland with Music, Social Studies and English from 2004.

From February 2005 to November 2012 as a member of Komiti Pasifika with PPTA, Manu has been involved in creating submissions and providing consultation feedback for various policy documents such as the Pasifika Education Plan for the Ministry of Education, the Pacific Languages Framework for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and the Pasifika Strategy for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

She has also provided Pasifika perspectives for the Senior Learning and Teaching guides, in the curriculum areas of Science, Accounting and Economics with Learning Media.

In the Early Childhood sector, Manu has worked with the Tamaki Learning Champions in Auckland delivering workshops on Self-Review in relation to Te Arohaehae Whai Hua. As part of CORE Education’s Pasifika Leadership course, she has been a guest speaker talking about the notion of leaders as learners.

Manu is interested in interacting with educators and supporting them in their work in raising student achievement, by realising student potential.

Vicki Campbell Educa Ltd

Workshop Session One

"Educa - ePortfolio and Management Tools"


Educa is New Zealand leading ePortfolio system which was created by an inspired father whose child went through ECE. Loved by over 60,000 families around the world, Educa has fundamentally changed how ECE centres communicate with parents. With a simple and innovative approach, Educa has helped several hundreds of early childhood education centres to engage parents, empower teachers and improve the learning outcome of children.

In this fun and interactive workshop, not only will you get a first-hand experience on how Educa can benefit you, you will also take lots of cool ideas away and reflect on your practice. Vicki Campbell will demonstrate a brand new strategic planning and self-review module and share real life stories about how you can make strategic planning and self-review easy and fun.

Victoria Kees, Barnardos New Zealand

Workshop Session One

Valuing perspectives

Think about a time when you had an idea to share, or had a burning question, or were seeking clarity. Were you heard? Was your perspective taken into account? Was your question answered? Or were you silenced, overlooked or not acknowledged?

In this workshop we will explore the value of multiple voices to gain a deeper perspective, and how this influences the way we work alongside our ākonga. We will celebrate our own uniqueness, diversity and life experiences.

As an educator, visiting teacher or manager, you will have the opportunity to develop tools that support you in seeking multiple perspectives, and learn how to capture and translate these into your work with your ākonga every day.

Come prepared to laugh, share, and gain insights into the importance of opening your mind to others’ perspectives.

“A child’s voice however honest and true, is meaningless to those who have forgotten how to listen.” Albus Dumbledore

Viv Shearsby

Based in Christchurch, Viv has been working in early childhood education for almost 30 years. She has significant experience as an educator (of children and adults) and as a leader in early childhood education. Much of her work in the last 15 years has been in early childhood teacher education and facilitating professional learning and development with professional leaders and teachers across Aotearoa/New Zealand. Viv’s professional practice focuses on aspects of governance, management, leadership and mentoring. During the last ten years Viv has engaged increasingly in investigating approaches to early childhood leadership and mentoring. She has further specific interests in supporting the establishment of professional communities of practice and education environments for learning including a focus interest in supporting social competence. Viv is passionate about life long professional learning (her own and that of others).    

Workshop Sessions Two and Three

Workshop Two  
Internal Evaluation & Strategic Development -  

This session aims to showcase and explain the developments heralded in the recently released ERO publication ’Effective Internal Evaluation for Improvement’. The workshop will support participants to make sense of the shifts required within self-review practices, service self- assessment, identifying directions for improvement and developing Strategic Plans. 

Workshop Three  
Title: The one stop shop - Appraisal, Registration and Certification

This workshop focuses on the expectations and requirements relating to the registration and certification of teachers and inducting and mentoring beginning teachers. The content will highlight approaches to appraisal that ensure employer responsibilities are met and introduce approaches to goal setting, harvesting evidence of practice and documenting and monitoring procedures.