The thoughts expressed here were presented at the Auckland College of Education Professional Development Symposium The Politics of Early Childhood Education in June, 2001. These thoughts continue to be part of a personal journey into an area of teaching that has... I was recently privileged to listen to the Educational Leadership online webinar, presented by the inspiring Brenda Soutar, “He purapura I ruia I Rangiātea e hore e ngaro. A seed sown in Rangiātea will never be lost”. Brenda discussed many things, including how from a... Imagine, if you will, this scenario: A learning environment mindfully created with resilience, resourcefulness, challenge, social and cultural engagement foremost. I wonder what picture this conjures up for you. I support the use of both e-portfolios and paper-based portfolios in ECE assessment. One of the reasons for this is that I have, for some time, been a passionate advocate for ‘learning stories’ which are records of what a teacher (or parent) has seen a... Qin Qin when you came to kindy on the very first week you were attracted by the sandpit. “Play with sand! Play with sand!” you kept on shouting. This article explores the role of visual arts in the early childhood education curriculum with a strong contention to more closely examine them as a tool to enable children to develop critical thinking and learning dispositions.