A new professional recruitment, consultancy and education service specialising in Early Childhood Education has been established in Ōrewa. AHO International is the brainchild of Bonnie Henare, who has spent 25 years teaching in, leading and advocating for the sector here and in Australia.
She says after returning recently from seven years in New South Wales, it became clear to her that New Zealand’s once world-leading early childhood education had stalled in terms of curriculum innovation, and she saw a need to empower a renewed generation of teachers and advocate for transformational change in Early Childhood.
“I was really surprised at how little things have moved back here,” she says. “There’s a teacher crisis and we felt inspired to serve the teaching profession by caring for centre owners, managers and the next generation of teachers coming through.”
Bonnie and her team aim to support teachers from entry-level teaching through to leadership positions, as well as working with educational organisations to develop innovative, customised professional learning opportunities that are next level in delivering eco-systematic – ecological, social, cultural and spiritual – approaches to high quality education.
AHO focuses on diversity and inclusion, and aims to create a culture of tiakitanga – meaning to guard, preserve, conserve, nurture and protect the profession.
“There are a significant amount of career opportunities from teaching in early childhood, and there’s a huge demand for ECE, so we have taken on recruitment as part of our work,” Bonnie says. “We see our role as agents and advocates for empowering teachers and leaders to co-create high quality education with children.”
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