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Meet Tanya

Tanya Valentin
Tanya Valentin

Kia ora, and a very warm welcome to you.

Let me introduce myself…

For most of my life, I have been surrounded by little people, whether it has been during my 20 years of working as an early childhood teacher and professional leader or as a parent of my own three children.

I fill my bucket by spending time outdoors or making memories with my family and friends.

I enjoy getting creative while tinkering with mixed media art, nature photography and writing poetry and non-fiction. I love to cook and bake and going on outdoor adventures or pottering in my garden.

I am a proponent of kindness and a seeker of joy. I love a bit of quirk to add spice to my life.

My pedagogy has its foundations in RIE and respectful care for infants, toddlers and young children and I am an advocate for play-based learning.

I am passionate about teacher well-being as I believe that our professional selves cannot be separated for our personal selves. I aspire to foster a lifelong love for learning in children and adults and inspire a legacy of intentional, heart-led early childhood professionals through meaningful resources, thought-provoking blogs, professional development and coaching and mentoring.

During my time as an early childhood professional, I have worked in both home-based and centre-based early childhood settings. Most of my experience has been in Early Childhood settings in Auckland, where I lived before moving to Whangarei in 2018. I work in Te Tai Tokerau as a SELO facilitator for the Ministry of Education.

In the wider Early Childhood Education sector, I mentor and coach teachers and professional leaders. I facilitate workshops around New Zealand during planned events as well as in-centre professional development for individual teams and settings. I offer a range of online courses at the Arohanui Collective.

I am experienced in supporting and mentoring individuals as well as building positive team cultures.


I would love to chat with you to find out how I can help.

Tanya Valentin Professional Early Childhood Serivces

My Values:

Service – I am really inspired to make a real difference through my passion and love for the profession. This drives my work with Leaders and Teachers in the Early Childhood Education profession.

Respect – I aim to treat all that I meet with empathy and respect. I acknowledge that kindness, compassion and gratitude start with me.

Curiosity – I too am on a life-long learning journey. Curiosity drives me to want to know why, as I believe that it is through knowing why we can create real change.

Empowerment – My mission is to empower others with the knowledge and skills in order to succeed in work and in life.

Integrity – I strive to stay courageous, vulnerable and to stay true to who I am and to be imperfectly, authentically me.

Playfulness – I remember to keep the child in me alive through playfulness and a sense of wonder.

Legacy – I would like to leave a legacy of emotionally literate, heart-led, intuitive early childhood professionals. We deserve it and so do our children.

My Mission:

“Don’t just make a living, make a difference”

My Mission is to make a difference by building resilience in the Early Childhood Education Profession through inspiring teachers to be intuitive, heart-led and empowered and by providing support for early childhood leaders to build amazing teams.

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