Playing nicely in the ‘Playground’ or not?: ‘Turning the Tide’ or not? Event as iCalendar

(Faculty of Education Event tags, CURRPD)

29 April 2019

4:30 - 5:30pm

Venue: J1 Lecture Theatre, Epsom Campus

Location: Faculty of Education and Social Work, 74 Epsom Avenue, Auckland 1023

Website: Register here

Early Chldhood Seminar Series 2019

Come and hear Emeritus Professor Helen May from the University of Otago share stories from over 35 years researching the politics of early childhood care and education.


Helen May has just completed a third edition of Politics in the Playground and comments: "I selected around 10 ‘stories’ that could collectively frame the political playground from 2008-2018."


She says the stories aptly cover the National Government years and the Labour Government win with a promise to ‘Turn the Tide’.


"This seminar is an opportunity to share some of these stories; for you to tell me what other stories I might have told; and to hear opinion of whether the ‘tide will turn’ or not!?"


Emeritus Professor Helen May is a major figure in ECE reflect on changes in the political climate and its impact on early childhood education. Take the opportunity to join in the conversation and reflection.




In her early career Helen May worked as a junior school teacher and in childcare. In 1987 Helen began work in teacher education.


During the early 1990s at the University of Waikato she was the co-director, with Margaret Carr, of the early childhood curriculum project. In 1995 Helen was appointed to the first  early childhood professorial Chair at VUW.


In 2005, she shifted to Otago, and was the foundation Dean of the University of Otago College of Education. Helen retired in 2017 as an Emeritus Professor. As well she became an Adjunct Professor at VUW .


Helen has spoken and published widely in the field of early childhood curriculum and the history and politics of early year’s education. Her most recent book (with Kerry Bethell) is: ‘Growing a Kindergarten Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand: Its people, politics and programmes (2017).  


She is currently cataloguing a treasure trove of 60 years of papers and projects from Geraldine McDonald’s estate. Sue Middleton and Helen are co-editing a book to be launched at NZARE this year: Improving the lives of women and children: Education research legacies for the twenty-first centuryA tribute to Dr. Geraldine McDonald (1926-2018).



Find out more about the Early Childhood Seminar Series.