The Developing Brain - Lana Johnston

The Developing Brain - Lana Johnston

Talking about the brain can seem like a pretty ‘dry’ and possibly uninteresting topic. I had thought the same thing until I started looking into it during my teacher training and heard Nathan Mikaere Wallis talk about it for the first time. He explained that childhood experiences shape the structure of the brain (in particular between birth and 4 years), which in turn has a massive impact on the rest of our lives….

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Dr. Emmi Pikler - Professional Development with Heart

Dr. Emmi Pikler - Professional Development with Heart

Kelly and myself (Lana) the Centre coordinators for Gems Shotover Country and Lake Hayes Estate respectively, were lucky enough to go to a weekend of Professional development (PD) in October last year in Taupo. The PD was focused on "The Approach of Dr. Emmi Pikler" and how this philosophy of supporting children in their growth and development might look for children both at home and in Early Childhood centres.

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A reflection on Culture

Reaching the end of the year, and provided that one’s batteries are not completely flat - I like to take a moment and reflect on the year that has been. So off I started, covering what we had achieved (new centre, new teams, new families, additional farm school day and so on) and got to the bit where I was assessing how it was all going. It caused me to stop, take a moment and refocus.

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