New Zealand Kindergartens inc

Kindergartens – first choice early childhood education service.

Congratulations to New Year Honours recipients

New Zealand Kindergartens, Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou O Aotearoa, congratulates New Year Honours recipients for their contribution to education.

Special acknowledgement from New Zealand Kindergartens goes to New Year Honours recipients for service to early childhood education.

Beverley Morris was awarded CNZM (Companion of the Order of Merit) for services to early childhood education. Beverley is a life member and former President of the NZ Playcentre Federation. She has been involved in Playcentre since the 1950s and has written a number of books and journal articles about how children learn through play. Beverley has made a significant contribution to early childhood education in New Zealand.

Jean Rockel was awarded the QSM (Queen’s Service Medal) for services to early childhood education. Jean specialises in infant and toddler early childhood education research. She was the first editor of the The First Years Nga Tau Tuatahi NZ Journal of Infant and Toddler Education, and continues to contribute to the national and international discourse around quality early childhood education and care for infants and toddlers. 

NZK also congratulates Brother Patrick Lynch, KNZM (Knights Companion Order of Merit), Robyn Baker, ONZM and Irene Cooper MNZM for service to education.

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New Zealand Kindergartens Inc

Level 1, 32 The Terrace,
P.O. Box 3058, Wellington
Phone: 04 471-0775

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