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Branching Out

Bridget (owner and teacher at The Orchard) and Kathy (local New Entrant school teacher) worked together BC (before children) at a primary school. While raising our children we were keen Playcentre mum's and we opened our eyes to the special early years, as our children blossomed. Bridget went onto open The Orchard Child Care & Preschool and Kathy went back to primary school teaching with a lens on the importance of Play Based Learning in the early years of school.

Now, after many years experience, we have decided to share the buds of what we have learned along the way and branch out to those educators around us who want to nurture the tamariki we are blessed to teach, or go onto extend into other fields.

We offer Professional learning and development alongside consultancy around ECE centre development and Early years curriculum delivery.

Our workshops vary:

Two new workshops... click on the link and find out more info about these two workshops... registration form below or flick us an email

Urges - how to plan and provide for children's play urges

designed for ECE and Primary School teachers

Our popular workshop...

Growing Little People and their families

Guiding from ECE to the first years of school. (Transitions and biculturalism)

The 3 hour, multi setting, interactive, resource filled workshop morning focuses on our play based learning, resource suggestions, bicultural practices, transition practices, rituals, planning, assessments, child and whanau relationships in our child centred practice and ways you can weave this into your unique teaching style.

Next workshop planned for DATE TO BE ADVISED.

Date to be advised for future workshops for general registrations.

Starting at The Orchard Child Care & Preschool, 7 Oturoa Rd, Ngongotaha, Rotorua and moving onto Kaharoa School, Kaharoa Road, Rotorua.

$75 per person - Limited to 20 people.

Let us know if you'd like a workshop for your centre or school, we can develop something at a date that suits.

To register and secure your space please email your name, phone number and invoice details to

or fill in the contact form:

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Your place will be secured upon receipt of payment.

Spaces are limited sorry, this workshop is on a first paid basis.

To download an image of this PLD workshop, please click here...

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