The Joy of Play Educator’s Conference

Following on from the success of our 2019 event, this conference is for primary and ECE teachers and other professionals with an interest in the use of play as a pedagogical tool for children’s learning. Longworth Education are excited to host this event in sunny Napier in January 2020 and welcome all those with a passion for bringing play back into New Zealand children’s school experiences.

How we help schools to implement learning through play

Date: 22 January
Location: Napier Conference Centre, Napier
Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm with time for networking to follow
Early Bird Registration Fee $280 + GST
Standard Fee from 20 July 2020 $300 + GST

Keynote Speaker

Teacher Tom (Seattle, USA)

Thomas “Teacher Tom” Hobson is a preschool teacher, education blogger, public speaker, and author.

A teacher at Woodland Park Cooperative School in Seattle, and prolific blogger, Tom has become a sought after public speaker for audiences of early childhood educators and parents at conferences and trainings around the world, including the UK, Greece, Iceland, Vietnam, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand and across the US.

Tom will be presenting both keynote and breakout sessions at the Joy of Play Educators’ Conference in 2020.

Closing Speaker

Nigel Latta (New Zealand)

Nigel Latta is a critically acclaimed psychologist, TV personality, public
speaker and author.

Nigel’s professional experience to date spans over two decades and reflects a dual interest in both forensic psychology and working with young people and their families. In recent years he has developed an increasing speciality and passion for working with kids in the ‘toohard’ basket. He is well known for his TV documentary series, including Beyond the Darklands,

The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, and more recently Nigel Blows Stuff Up.


The best professional learning I've had in a long time packed into 6 hours!!!!

Thank you - this is the best, thought provoking professional development I've had in a long time

Thank you for an amazing day. It has been valuable and affirmed my practice as well as shown me where to go next

Thanks for Saturday, I loved it and my kids loved playing today and I loved seeing their imagination in action as well as some amazing social skills

Sarah AionoDirector

This course should be mandatory for all teachers.

If you have any queries about play based learning, or feeling like it's just too daunting, this course gives you a clear direction, and makes it seem possible and oh so necessary.

If you can get any senior management to do the course, they present it in such a professional manner it may be what they need to be convinced!

Kate WHenderson Valley Primary

An incredibly motivating day. Lots to take back and keep building on where we are at and look at where to from here. Thank you so much. I love the way you inspire us.

J DoeTeacher