Laura speaks to Nikki Prendergast and Kelly Lambert from New Shoots Children’s Centres.
Graduating from Wellington College of Education with a Diploma of Teaching in 1993, Nikki has worked in the field of early childhood in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Having managed both small community early childhood centres and large corporate groups, Nikki’s diverse management experience has further fuelled her passion for people, assisting her in the successful creation and operation of New Shoots.
Alongside this successful venture, Nikki has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of services supporting families, including budgeting services, young parent programmes and counselling services, as well as providing consultancy services to the New Zealand Ministry of Education.
Also from New Zealand, Kelly has a Diploma in Teaching ECE (0-8yrs) and has enjoyed working within the sector for the past 20 years in various roles including a period working in London.
The focus of Kelly’s work is centre operations and her knowledge of leadership, governance & management, mentoring and professional support for teachers was recognised in 2014 when she won the NEITA National Cognition Education Trust Leadership Award, which was presented at Parliament House in Wellington.
Kelly is an early childhood sector representative on the New Zealand Tertiary College Advisory Board and has worked alongside the Ministry of Education under the SELO professional support programme mentoring and coaching as well as supporting other providers in developing strong, sustainable programmes for all tamariki.
Kelly is passionate about her work with teachers, children, and whānau within their communities.
In this podcast, Nikki and Kelly share the beginnings of New Shoots Children’s Centres. We discuss how they have worked with architects to create an inspiring and enabling environment for children. We reflect on the New Shoots ethos and why this is central to their new centre. Nikki and Kelly share how their children are able to direct their own learning and use real life tools within the environment.
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