I am an experienced presenter and have run a number of workshops for centres. I can fully tailor each workshop to meet your needs. Examples of workshop topics presented in the past include the following. Please contact me to discuss your workshop requirements.


Transforming Solid Waste into Learning Experiences


This presentation is a pictorial tour of the innovative equipment I have designed and made for young children. The equipment is predominantly made from solid waste materials. It is about transforming someone else’s rubbish into learning experiences for young children. I share how it is meaningful to both the children and their communities. How this project has linked people from the wider community to the early childhood environment, knowing that they are contributing their solid waste to be transformed into something useful. This equipment provides an opportunity for young children to manipulate and explore real world objects. Items are incorporated from the home environment and the wider world – to inspire and enrich young children’s learning. Maria Montessori (1967) wrote regarding children in early childhood “At that age children need to touch and handle all kinds of things, yet hardly any real articles are placed at their disposal”


Technology in early childhood


This presentation allows participants to engage with technology and its implications in the early childhood setting, from a male practitioner’s perspective. Technology is doable and meaningful to both children and their communities. This presentation helps educators gather ideas about doing, seeing and hearing technology.

Technology provides an opportunity for children to see how things are used in the real world. This presentation brings technology alive for children and their educators. I share creative ideas to stimulate your imagination, which you can use to incorporate items from the home environment into the curriculum – ideas to inspire and enrich your practice. These examples of technology do not involve computers.

Technology is defined in the New Zealand Curriculum (1995, p.6) as a creative, purposeful activity aimed at meeting needs and opportunities through the development of products, systems, or environments. Knowledge, skills and resources are combined to help solve practical problems. I also relate how technology encompasses all the strands of Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

Aims & Objectives   To define technology and bring it alive within the early childhood setting. To provide ideas to inspire and enrich teaching practice in this area. Demonstrate the use of different tools, explain what they are used for and give ideas on how to explore technology with children. Overview of the technology area of the curriculum and explore using waste materials. Everyone can make something to take away.


Engaging Fathers

Nab-Dad with Beer, Fish and Chips. Adam “Trash To Treasure” Buckingham gave an amazing presentation covering the role he has to play in early childhood education… and the ways fathers can make a difference in an early childhood setting ”

Centre owner, Marlise Shadbolt, 2009


I share strategies and my experiences of involving men / fathers in the curriculum of early childhood centres. This presentation is thought provoking and challenges you to examine your own attitude. It provides skills and ideas to support men in their fathering role. I shed light on the challenges men face in the early childhood environment. I share my own experiences as a male early childhood teacher, and research to support the benefit of involving men/fathers. You come away with strategies from the Engaging Fathers Project.

Aims & Objectives To identify ways to attract and involve men within the early childhood setting. To provide encouragement and support to men in their fathering role. To challenge staff to examine their own attitude.

(can be guest speaker for fathers’ night or facilitate a father and child event)

Air Water Earth Fire


What is science for young children? How did that happen? What words do I use?

This presentation allows participants to engage with science in the early childhood setting. Science that is doable and meaningful to children, whānau and teacher. This presentation helps educators gather ideas about touching, seeing, smelling, tasting and hearing science. We often struggle to find the words to use with children to explain what’s happening. I provide words to describe what’s going on, to stimulate the mind, and bring science alive. Science provides an opportunity for children to gain new knowledge of the world around them. This is a hands on presentation, giving you ideas to enrich your practice, and ways to collaborate with parents/ whānau.


Tickle me! Catch me if you can!


What do you do? How do you respond when a child jumps on your back or tickles you? Are the children learning as they madly run around? How do you explain this type of play to parents?

We will define rough and tumble play, and address the fears and misconceptions surrounding this activity. We will discuss rules and strategies which support physical play. This session will engage teachers with children and investigate the benefits to pass on to parents and colleagues in the teaching team.  We will also consider how to provide a safe environment for physical play.

Your enthusiasm is inspiring.  One of our managers who escorted the Shanghai delegation around the campus on Thursday said how impressed they were as you greeted them in Mandarin and took the time to explain how different ECE contexts in NZ are in comparison to China,  in terms of children actively engaging with tools and hard materials etc…   They were all impressed with the delivery and teaching approach, and of course the content.   She said they stayed in ECE longer than planned (and longer than any of the other programmes) because it was so interesting.   You made a very good impression!   Thank you.”

Programme Manager, Early Childhood Education, May 2010