Toddler's Place

Our tamariki are precious taonga and raising children is one of the most life-changing, incredible, overwhelming experiences available to us in life. Yet somehow our society isn’t set up to support our newest citizens and nurture the relationship of parent and child. From parental leave to overt and covert cultural messages, there is a fair share of learning and unlearning when it comes to parenting our tamariki.

Toddler’s get a bad reputation. The ‘terrible twos’ are so ingrained in our society that from the moment your child learns the word ‘NO’ we’re geared up for a big battle. Society forgets to tell us that Toddlers are playful, kind, funny, curious and adventurous.

Toddler’s Place is that reminder, it’s a time and place to learn about your child’s new quest for autonomy and independence and offers you the tools to grow your partnership.

This course runs over 6 weeks and is a mix of parent only and parent - child sessions. It’s an opportunity to come together with a group of like-minded families, to share in a supportive environment and learn the next layer of tools required for partnering with our glorious strong-minded Toddlers.

Toddler’s Place, like Baby’s Place, is inspired by the approach of pediatrician Dr Emmi Pikler and childcare educator Pennie Brownlee’s The Sacred Urge to Play.

Grow understanding of your Toddler’s social, emotional, physical and spiritual development.

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Dates for TP 2024

Term 1 - February 28th to April 10th  and Play sessions are March 8th, 22nd and April 5th

Term 4 - October 30th to December 4th and play sessions are November 8th, 22nd and December 6th. 

What you can Expect:

  • Learn how to support their unfolding autonomy and develop skills to stay in the partnership dance with them
  • Understand how important play is for your Toddler’s development (and what you can do to support this)
  • Tools to navigate your Toddler’s big feelings with confidence
  • Willpower, conflict and being a leaderful parent
  • Observing their needs and noticing their extraordinary competencies
  • Have fun and enjoy each other.

Toddler’s Place supports the wellbeing of both the parents and the toddlers, developing the toddler’s security and sense of belonging. It is ideally suited to Toddler’s from 1 years old to 3 years old. We have been facilitating these workshops in Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara since 2015. This course and the Pikler philosophy aligns with the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Toddler's Place contributes to building strong, connected, and creative communities.

"I believe every child should be raised with these techniques and learnings as it really lays a platform for the toddlers to be self confident and compassionate young kids, which can only be a good thing while on the journey to adulthood."

Meet our Facilitators

Bronwen Olds

Bronwen’s vocation is focused on creating and supporting just and respectful relationships.


Naomi is an early childhood teacher with over 15 years of experience working with children under five.

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