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.

Donna Stichbury

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

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.

Hannah Cleaver - Employsure

As a Workplace Consultant, Hannah works collaboratively with business owners to help them set up solid foundations for managing their businesses. She believes the role of employment relations and health and safety in a business can have a profound impact on the success of a business, no matter what shape or size. On a daily basis, Hannah partners with business owners to help them navigate the challenging landscapes of managing people, achieving compliance and establishing effective systems to help their business grow successfully.

Sarah Dempsey

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.