Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers

Genevieve is based in Whangarei, New Zealand, and can be booked to offer professional development to teachers or to give talks to the parents and teachers together (download the flyer here) at Early Childhood Centres around New Zealand. Appointments can also be made for phone or skype consultations to address specific questions before, after or separate from a visit to the centre.

There is now a growing body of research that tells us what parents and teachers have always known; that learning how to read ourselves and others is as important as learning to read words and numbers. We now know that emotional intelligence reduces violence, increases self esteem and social skills and provides the foundation for learning and development.

Even though the importance of supporting emotional and social intelligence in our children and youth is widely understood, teachers in general often feel largely under trained and under resourced in this area of their work.

"Meeting Genevieve and learning about peaceful parenting has been a great relief as a teacher trying to align my professional practice and beliefs about behaviour guidance and promoting emotional wellbeing as required in Te Whariki and DOP’s. I have struggled with behaviour management that relies on rewards and punishment and the effects this has on young children’s well being ...." Marion Logan, Early childhood Teacher (BTchln) and Parent

Read more testimonials: Read what other teachers have gained from these trainings.

The gap that the Peaceful Parent Institute meets.

Genevieve's work with teachers gives them easy to follow, simple, yet powerful tips, tools and strategies that will support an environment in their centre that fosters each child's emotional and social intelligence. Fostering an environment of emotional safety greatly reduces stresses and tensions between teacher and children and enables children to operate (and co-operate!) at their best. Again and again the feedback is that the difference is incredible, the working environment for the staff is better and the learning environment for the children is better, it creates a beautiful win-win. 

What you will learn:

  • Cutting edge communication skills.
  • Strategies for effective parenting and teaching.
  • Bridging the gap between what is known and what is practiced relating to child development.
  • Forming, maintaining and repairing attachments with babies, young children.
  • Transform unhealthy behaviour by relating to the underlying feelings.
  • Active and responsive listening skills that foster connection and trust.
  • Setting limits while staying connected.
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills that empower children.
  • Disadvantages of punishments, artificial consequences, rewards and bribes.
  • Preventing and healing excessive shyness, fears and phobias.
  • A deeper understanding of the child's behaviour in relation to neuro science and child development.

Teachers gain an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow together as a team:

These trainings also offer a time out to gain an objective perspective on the true quality and messages in the interactions between the adults and the children, and a time to explore challenging issues related to interpersonal dynamics relevant to their practice in a confidential environment.

Genevieve has such an incredibly in-depth understanding of how humans operate emotionally and mentally and brings a wealth of understanding, research, experience and clarity to the specific issues that teachers and parents present.

Interpret and support resolution of feelings through Therapeutic Play in the Early Childhood settling.

For an example of what the flyer looks like, click here

Learn how to support and interpret the child's developmental growth through their play. Playing for children is a rich world of communication, learning, exploring, healing and resolution. "Playing is Saying". Learn how children can overcome shyness, aggression, fears, separation anxieties and other specific stumbling blocks that you identify through their play.

Through their play children;

- communicate complex feelings that they don't yet have the vocabulary for,
- work to resolve fears and stresses,
- release anxieties through laughter,
- explore, practice and experience their world,
- gain confidence and skills in relating to others,
- work to generally regain emotional and mental balance
- and so much more ...

Genevieve draws on the work of many experts in the field of child development. One of the models that she shares is:


*  Active listening  *  Negotiation  *  Setting Limits  *  Affirmation   * Listening to feelings *

Kids learn to: * Respect themselves and others
* Accept responsibility * Think for themselves
* Express feelings * Empathize * Solve Problems Guiding Young Children: A Problem-Solving Approach

The problem solving model is explained thoroughly in 'Guiding Young Children'. We strongly recommend centre's buy the book (available through this link) "Guiding Young Children" It provides a rich resource for educators interested in adapting the problem solving approach in their centre. It gives teachers advice on all aspects of behaviour that children manifest in the early childhood setting and how best to respond in a respectful way that elicits problem solving, co-operation, increased social skills, development of 'feeling language and empathy..



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"Meeting Genevieve and learning about peaceful parenting has been a great relief as a teacher trying to align my professional practice and beliefs about behaviour guidance and promoting emotional wellbeing as required in Te Whariki and DOP’s. I have struggled with behaviour management that relies on rewards and punishment and the effects this has on young children’s well being.

Changes that I consider most valuable are allowing children to cry and supporting them when upset, as apposed to distraction and minimizing their feelings. I believe that through allowing and supporting their feelings, we have a closer more secure relationship as the children can feel I am attuned to their feelings. The strong relationship makes problem solving so much easier. All the pieces of research such as Daniel Goleman, Bruce Perry's and theorists like Maslows hierarchy of needs are coming together to support children's learning.

At last practical , available support for those who want to support long term wellbeing for our children."

Marion Logan
Early childhood Teacher (BTchln) and Parent


"I work as a home based teacher caring for 3 / 4 children 3 days a week.   I lately attended the "discipline without punishment" and “how to talk so kids will listen” courses with Genevieve. I’m still working on the peaceful Parent way but am getting better all the time.  Since the courses, I’ve been staying calmer and more patient and been supporting the children to think through and explain what’s happening when a difficulty arises, giving them more space to think through and come up with solutions to their problems.  I can tell that they really like that I’m asking them what they think and feel and they like being part of sorting out their problems.  I’ve been generally talking quieter and slower because I realize that children take longer to think about what we’re saying and to respond, when I remember to do this, they respond really well. 

I have to admit that when I first listened to some of what Genevieve was explaining I was skeptical that it would work, but I’ve been surprised how well it does work when I remember to use this different approach.

Also, as a parent, my difficulty lately was getting my daughter ready in the mornings, it was all very stressful between us, now I’m talking to her differently using some of the suggestions and she is now  going to school happy, so the course had really helped in that way.  Even works for the man of the house!!!!"

Michelle Scott, Homebased caregiver for BJ's Homebased Childcare.