Meet Tanya

Tanya Valentin Professional Early Childhood Education Serivices

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 18 plus 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 with my family and friends. I love 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.

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.

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

I aspire to foster the lifelong love for learning in children. 

I am a passionate about teacher well-being as I believe that our professional selves cannot be separated for our personal selves.

I work with teachers to support them to be heart-led, empowered, inspired, Early Childhood Professionals.

I work in Te Tai Tokerau as a SELO facilitator for the Ministry of Education. I also mentor for the Education Council’s Tuakana Teina Programme.

In the wider Early Childhood Education sector I mentor teachers and professional leaders. I facilitate workshops around New Zealand during planned events as well as tailor made 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.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! – What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!


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

Tanya Valentin Professional Early Childhood Serivces

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