Based in Otautahi/Christchurch, Viv Shearsby works as an independent consultant providing professional advice & guidance, professional learning and development and other contracted and pro-bono projects. Viv has 30 years of experience as an educator (of children and adults) and as a leader in early childhood education. Much of her work in the last 20 years has been in teacher education and facilitating professional learning and development for leaders, managers, service providers and teachers across Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Donna Stichbury is Founder of Peaceful Beginnings and is inspired by Pikler but understands the importance of blending this into the many philosophies in New Zealand. She has a passion for empowering parents and educators and helps to guide them into a peaceful relationship with the children/child in their care. Her aim is to spend half her week supporting ECE centres and homebased services that will allow her the other part of her week to give back to her local community running peaceful parent/ infant classes, where parents have the chance to spend uninterrupted time getting to know the
Nola Harvey is an honorary academic in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland specialising in the area of languages and literacies in the early years with research on the bilingual experiences of bi/multilingual children and teachers in early years educational settings.
As a workplace consultant, Andrea provides specialised advice on complex employment relations and work, health and safety matters to Employsure’s small business clients across New Zealand.
With an extensive background across employment relations, she works daily to assess the employment and health and safety compliance of small and medium size businesses and provides them with solutions to any areas of risk.
Sarah has almost 20 years experience working in education teaching in the primary and early childhood sectors in NZ and internationally. Over the last 3 and a half years Sarah has made the transition from early childhood teacher to homebased care coordinator and Educarer mentor. She has a passion for empowering educarers and teachers to create quality ‘home-away-from-home’ care for our youngest tamariki.
Amanda has been involved in Homebased ECE for 35 years, with the last 20 in Auckland in her eponymous company. She is a past president of the Association and was conferred with a Life Membership at the 2017 Conference. Amanda is no stranger to the conference circuit, having presented at past Association conferences as well as overseas Homebased conferences - you may recognise her from her profile picture...
Julie Wylie MNZM founded the New Zealand Musical Parenting Association twenty six years ago. She is the founder of the musical play programme at the Champion Centre, Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand, where she is the senior music specialist. Julie has been invited to present music workshops and papers in many countries, including Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland. She has received awards for her music leadership, and her music resources have won international awards.
Lisa is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington's School of Education, teaching in the early childhood education and primary degree programmes. She has been involved in early childhood education for many years – as a kindergarten teacher, a senior teacher, and as a professional development adviser for the Ministry of Education. She has a keen interest in social and cultural diversity and how teachers can meet the needs of diverse communities. She is also an artist.