Meet Tanya

Tanya Valentin
Tanya Valentin

Kia ora, and a very warm welcome to you.

Let me introduce myself…

I learned to be resilient at a very young age. Born in apartheid torn South Africa one my earliest memories are of hearing my mother speak to a friend about possible terrorists that might attack our country. I remember seeing photos of men with AK47s in the local newspaper and being absolutely terrified thinking they might come to my house.  I was four at the time.

I grew up wanting to write. I was told that wasn’t a worthwhile pursuit. I grew up believing that my words were not valid, that my opinions didn’t count.  I was the “quiet” girl, the “sensitive” girl, the “did as she was told” girl, the “nice” girl. I felt that it was not safe to be me, that I had to pretend to be someone else in order to be accepted. 

I worked so hard at fitting in that I disappeared.

Through-out my years as an early childhood teacher and subsequently a leader this is the silent battle that I have always had to fight against – my programming, the story that I believed to be true about myself. 

It took a long time to figure out that I didn’t have to mindlessly follow my programming, that I didn’t have to live this story.  I have the power to change the narrative of who I am, that I could have different thoughts and form new beliefs. This is when things really started shifting for me when I truly started to belong instead of merely fitting in.

My experience has taught me to value and respect children and their right to be, right to choose and right to become. I firmly believe that we teach who we are and I learnt the hard way through my life apprenticeship the impact disempowering childhood messages can have.  How this can be the war that you constantly wage in yourself.  

The person you are and the teacher cannot be separated.  If we want our children to thrive then we need to first look after the person at the heart of the teacher.

When you work with me I work with the person as well as the early childhood professional.  I will support you to reconnect with yourself, to challenge the disempowering “stories” that you have that are holding you back.  I will support you to be the confident, resilient, empowered leader and teacher that I know you are.


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

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, and ask, “what if?” 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 Education Professionals.

We deserve this and so do our children.

My Mission:

To remind you of just how valuable, precious and powerful you are and to work with you to create magic in your life and the lives of others.

Arohanui