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We are currently developing a range of ‘toolboxes’ that will be available for purchase. These a sets of resources, including an explanatory video, templates, exemplars and readings, that can be used to support systems and skills development.

Toolboxes for strategic/annual planningphilosophy development and review and aligning your environment with philosophy are coming soon.


Watson, B. (2019).  “It’s More Complicated Than I Thought: A Bioecological View of Induction and Mentoring in New Zealand Education and Care Centres. Doctoral thesis. University of Auckland.

Watson, B. (2015). Becoming an effective mentor in early childhood settings: One programme in action. In Murphy, C. & Thornton, K. (Eds.) Mentoring in early childhood                        education: A compilation of thinking, pedagogy and practice. (pp.14-24).

An overview of key aspects of effective mentoring and an outline of a mentor development programme.

Watson, B. (2014). Mentoring provision in education and care settings: Policy and professional issues. In H. Hedges, & V. N. Podmore (Eds.), Early childhood education:                                 Pedagogy, professionalism and philosophy. (pp. 123-138). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify.

This chapter explores the challenges faced by education and care centres in meeting the expectation to provide high quality induction and mentoring programmes for provisionally registered teachers.

Watson, B. & Williams, B. (2015). Bridging the disconnection between teaching and outcomes for children’s learning. Swings and Roundabouts (3). Early Childhood Council

This article suggests strategies for teachers to become more intentional in matching their teaching actions with the outcomes they desire for children’s learning.

Watson, B. & Williams, B. (2013). Getting all the ducks in a row: Alignment as a key leadership activity. Swings and Roundabouts (3). Early Childhood Council

Creating alignment between philosophy, practice and systems/processes is a key function of an effective leader. This article describes four aspects of alignment that a leader would be wise to address.

 Watson, B. & Williams, B. (2011). Leadership: Leveraging the benefits of professional learning. Early Education 50. p. 22-24.

This article discusses the role of a leader in promoting a culture of on-going professional learning in early childhood settings

Williams, B.J. (2015). What mentoring approaches are revealed in mentoring conversations between early childhood mentors and provisionally registered early childhood teachers. Unpublished Masters dissertation. University of Auckland.

Williams dissertation pdf