I am a qualified and certificated early childhood teacher, and have a bachelors degree in Education and English Language. I have extensive experience in the education field, in government, and in teaching and management roles in ECE services, both home-based and centre-based.
I am the Barnardos National Operations Manager Early Learning Services. My mahi in the home-based sector has been as educator, visiting teacher and team leader. Centre-based mahi has been as a teacher and head teacher. Other early childhood work has been as adviser and manager with Barnardos.
I was a member of the Home Based Association’s Executive from 2001 to 2004, and have been an Association Board Member since 2014.
Participation in external representation in the ECE sector has included the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee (2004-2006, 2009-2011 and 2016), Ministry of Education Home-based ECE Work Programme (2014-2016), the Early Education Federation (2004-2012), Open Polytechnic of New Zealand ECE Advisory Committee (2004-2010. External appointments include the New Zealand Teachers Council ECE Advisory Group (2004-2006), Minister of Education-appointed ECE Sector Working Group (2009), and Ministry of Education Sector Overview Group (2006).
My commitment and passion is about advocating for excellence in early learning settings to provide positive learning outcomes for tamariki, their families and whānau.