Facilitator & Support In-School Consultant
Post Graduate in Education (Teaching Primary)
New Zealand Registered Teacher
Bachelor of Design
Kate began her journey into play based learning in 2015, when she was teaching 5 year olds at Henderson Valley School and was introduced to Discovery Time. This opened up a world where she started to question how children are taught and parented and the importance of play. After introducing play into her classroom and further training with Longworth, Kate stepped out of school to learn and grow. She worked in an early childhood centre that followed the Pikler and Rie philosophy; helped start and facilitate a one day programme in West Auckland with Conscious Kids for kids to play and be in nature; and did further training in Non-Violent Communication.
Kate then went on to become a co-founder of a small alternative school in Auckland called Ako. In a non-hierarchical team she helped develop their philosophy around play based learning, being outdoors, and self directed education. As a co-director and teacher Kate taught in a small team of teachers to year 0-8 students, while sharing the leadership of the school. She is currently looking at ways to highlight the importance of teacher wellbeing.