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What does it mean to be authentic in ECE practice?


Recorded Webinar

Live recording date

29th March 2022


60-75 Minutes


per person 

What you are going to learn

What does it mean to be authentic in ECE practice?

Over the last thirty years we have seen an enormous amount of change in ECE teaching practices. As professionals we are constantly learning and evolving, and thank goodness for that.

In 2022 we have come to a place where we are far more mindful, respectful, open and embracing of diversity than ever before. We are continuously being challenged by the discourse around equity, children’s rights, freedom of speech, and so much more.
Early childhood teachers are more conscious of the fact that we have moved on from doing things for the sake of it, tokenism and box ticking. Or have we?

In the land of early childhood education, there are many moments in time when we act from habit, or from a place of “but this is just a bit of fun,” or “but this is what we have always done here," and "but parents expect this!"

  • Every Christmas we roll out the dusty Christmas tree and crumbling decorations.
  • Every Easter, we do an egg hunt and make bunny ears for children to wear.
  • And now we also “do Matariki” and “do something for Waitangi day” or “ANZAC day.”
But in 2022 do these practices still have a place?

As teachers in New Zealand with a commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi, what does authentic practice look like?

In this conversational webinar, we unpack our understanding of authentic practice in relation to the first NZ Teacher Standard: Demonstrate commitment to tangata whenuatanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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This webinar was presented by the creators of our course "Te Tiriti Based practice for ECE kaiako"...

Whaea Angela Bush
ECE Manager and Centre Owner
Whaea Becs Aislabie
Centre Manager Kids Collective Paeroa
whaea jasmine castle
Kaiako Kids Collective Paeroa

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