I am a qualified and registered 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 early childhood education services, both home-based and centre-based. I have been the Barnardos New Zealand Practice Manager Early Childhood Services since February 2012. In this role I lead a Practice Team which is responsible for national policy and practice standards, and professional practice support in Barnardos home-based and centre-based early childhood education and care services.
My work in the home-based sector has been as Educator, Visiting Teacher, Team Leader, Adviser and Manager with Barnardos. I was a member of the Home Based Association’s Executive from 2001 to 2004, and sought re-election because of my commitment to advocating for high quality early childhood education and care for all tamariki in home-based services.
My participation in external representation has included the Ministry of Education Home-based ECE Work Programme (2014), the Early Education Federation (2004-2012), the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee (2004-2010), and the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee (2004-2006 and 2009-2011). External appointments include the New Zealand Teachers Council Early Childhood Education Advisory Group (2004-2006), the Minister of Education-appointed Early Childhood Education Sector Working Group (2009), and the Ministry of Education Sector Overview Group (2006).