The Wellington Chapter is run by a local committee who organises a monthly professional learning programme. They also work with national efforts to advocate for early childhood, children and whānau through networks and information sharing. Each year the committee chooses a theme relevant to early childhood education on which to focus. A range of speakers and workshops are organised ensuring there is a mix of practical and theoretical topics. Some past themes have included; Sustainability, Strengthening our Whāriki and Advocacy. Our professional learning series is held at Te Rito Maioha/NZ Childcare Wellington Teaching Base, 191 Thorndon Quay, 6-730 with light refreshments provided. All people are welcome.
Bronwen Olds, President
I am the parent of 4 children. Playcentre was the foundation for my children’s early childhood education and a platform for my development as a parent and educator. I have worked for over 30 years supporting children and young people’s development in community, educational and government organisations. This has included lecturing at Victoria University in Early Childhood Education for 13 years and designing and delivering tailored Professional Learning Development for people working in the Early Childhood sector and community organisations. My practical experience is supported by my qualifications: Masters of Social Science First class Hons (Waikato), and the NZ Playcentre Federation Certificate. I am a life member of the Hutt Playcentre Association and an accredited leader of Incredible Years Parenting Course.
Amanda Higgins, Treasurer
I have had a variety of roles in early childhood education through-out my 30 years of teaching. Most recently I am working at Storypark as a professional learning and development trainer, which brings together my passion for children’s learning, ICT, and supporting teachers. I completed my Masters of Education in 2015 and am now enjoying spending time with my two mokopuna who are the centre of my world!
Kerrie Duncan, Chapter Liaison
I have been teaching in early childhood for over 10 years. I came from the health care sector where my interest was how the first 5 years can be supported to achieve the best outcomes for people. I joined OMEP because health and education come together as we continue to work for Children’s Rights. I have been with OMEP since 2015 when I joined to support OMEP to participate in Global Handwashing Day. Handwashing is important so the Wellington Chapter has developed resources in English, Māori and Samoan to support the National project.
Gwen Davitt, Secretary
Gwen Davitt has an extensive background in early childhood education and facilitating adult teaching and learning. Gwen is passionate about integrating theory and practice, the pedagogies of teaching, learning and leadership and leading change for best practice. Gwen is an active researcher and learner. Gwen has been with OMEP Wellington for 15 years contributing in a variety of roles.