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ECE Managers and Owners Summit 2019

Sorry, registrations closed early as all places were quickly filled. If you are happy to go standyby should a place or places become available, complete the registration form and we will contact you.

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Date: Friday 31 May
Time: 10am – 6pm
Where: Auckland (near the airport)

Register your interest now if you intend attending - Go to the REGISTRATION FORM by clicking here

Opening Address: Guest Speaker


What’s happening in the NZ Economy

Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist

Presentation: Our economy

Budget 2019 debrief and discussion


Discussion session:
What the Government's
Budget announcements
mean for EC services 

ECE service funding matters Q & A

Damian Edwards, MoE Associate Deputy Secretary

Discussion session: What
you want to know about
funding rules and changes

Managing finances and Q&A

Lena Thomson, Director NZ Childcare Finance

Discussion session:
Staying afloat and profitable

Gatekeeper and gatekeeping: Exploring the key roles and functions of early childhood managers

Dr Mary Moloney, Dept Reflective Pedagogy, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Ireland

Keynote address

Manual handling and keeping staff and every adult safe at work

Nadia Tu’itahi and Melissa Caskie, Edusafe

Presentation: Staying safe
at work

My ECE Awards Ceremony Presentation: The 2018 “ECE Services of Excellence”


Quality programmes, quality teachers: Early childhood teacher preparation degrees

Dr Wendy Boyd, School of Education, Southern Cross University, New South Wales

Keynote address

Including men as teachers for children in our service 
David Wright, Karaka Early Learning Centres

Growing authentic connections with our community of learners
Clair Edgeler, Beststart education leader

Operating on a small and personal scale
Val Morrison, Small is Beautiful Preschool

Supporting migrant and refugee children
Amanda McIntosh, Amanda’s Home Based Early Childhood Education and Care

Panel: Paths to achieving
better outcomes for children

Directions for National’s policy on early childhood education

Nicola Willis MP Spokesperson for ECE

Presentation: Policy
development going
into the next election

Lockdown procedures for home and centre-based services and difficulties that can arise

Dr Sarah Alexander, ChildForum

The technology included in our centre for child and adult safety and centre security 

Avind and Aarti Lal, Little Feet Childcare

Discussion session:
Security issues, processes
and methods

Key note Addresses

Dr Mary Moloney, Ireland
Gatekeeper and Gatekeeping: Exploring the Key Roles and Functions of EC Managers
In the context of an increasing focus upon governance, management and accountability in early childhood, this presentation argues that the early childhood manager is the ultimate gatekeeper of children’s safety and well-being. Drawing upon personal experience, as well as research with early childhood managers and educators in Ireland and the US, Dr Moloney explores the key roles and function of an Early Childhood Manager, and identifies the specialist knowledge, skills and attributes required to establish and maintain an emotionally and physically safe learning environment for children and staff, leading to reciprocal positive relationships with parents, families and regulators. 

Dr Wendy Boyd, Australia
Quality programmes, quality teachers: Early childhood teacher preparation degrees
With an unprecedented number of children in early childhood education and care there is greater demand for teachers. This is in the context of recognition of the importance of the early years, research evidence showing that the practices and expertise of early childhood teachers leads to better outcomes for children, and that outcomes are improved when educators hold higher qualifications. The competence of the early childhood workforce is a salient predictor of early childhood quality. Yet there is no evidence of the most appropriate early childhood teacher education programme to improve the quality of the workforce. It is timely to investigate early childhood teacher education programmes in order to improve the provision of the quality of early childhood educators, and the outcomes for young children. Dr Boyd’s presentation will ask what content and structure is optimal in early childhood teacher preparation degrees? She will share with us data from Australian university course coordinators interviews and discuss issues and innovations for improving early childhood teacher degrees.



International and NZ experts will be joining ECE owners and managers to discuss the Government's Budget announcements, our economy, ECE funding, the key roles of the ECE manager, teacher preparation and improving workforce quality, staff safety, improving outcomes for children, and other topics of high interest.

managementforumThis event is designed to support leaders and service providers to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of important aspects for the successful operation of ECE services.

It is also a fabulous occasion for networking and meeting other managers, leaders and owners from a variety of different services and organisations from across the country

Plus, you will get to see and experience being in a new childcare centre with state-of-the art technology. Little Feet Childcare Centre is hosting this year's event. 

A light lunch and refreshments will be available to help keep energy levels high.

You will have a chance to win one of several spot prizes.

A special ceremony will be included to present My ECE awards to ECE Services of Excellence. The wining services will be announced and presented with certificates and their prize(s).  


Registration and Terms and Conditions

The number of attendees is strictly limited.

Should a place not be able to be offered to you immediately, your name will be placed on a waiting list. 

Terms and Conditions: A ticket/s will be emailed when your registration is confirmed and paid. Tickets are non-transferable and can only be used by the person named on the ticket. Once issued a ticket is non-refundable - but should you notify us at least 48 hours before the event is due to start that you are not able to attend then you may appoint a substitute person from your ECE service to attend in your place and we will re-issue your ticket in that person's name.  (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Little Feet Childcare CentreConference room (upstairs)
Little Feet Childcare Centre
26 Yates Road
Mangere, Auckland

The venue is located 10 minutes from the airport by taxi/ uber or car. 
There is free parking on the road and surrounding streets.



Any questions contact us - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Would you like to attend?  Registrar by completing the online registration form


Other information

Hotels - there are many hotels ranging from budget to luxury near the airport and in Mangere if you are looking at staying overnight. Check online on websites such as trip advisor and/or call the hotel of your choice direct. Some hotels offer a free shuttle service to the airport.

Other events you may be interested in staying for - Crooked Colours tour, Saturday 1 June 

Top things to do in Auckland: https://www.aucklandnz.com/visit/discover/top-10s 



Little Feet Childcare - Avind and Aarti Lal
NZ Childcare Finance - Lena Thomson
Edusafe - Nadia Tu’itahi and Melissa Caskie

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