Joyce Barns Travel Trust
The Joyce Barns Travel Grants are administered by the Nikau Foundation on behalf of Guardian Trust. NZK organises the selection of recipients each year. The Trust provides three $5,000 grants each year to registered kindergarten teachers currently employed by a kindergarten association, to assist with the cost of travelling overseas to study or to assist meeting costs of attendance at early childhood education conferences.
2015 grant recipients
Linda Vermeren, head teacher, Roscommon Kindergarten, Counties Manakau Kindergarten Association to attend Excellence in Early Years. How the Theory Translates into Effective Everyday Practice course in Chiang Mau, Thailand, April 6 - 7 2016.
Leona Smith, teacher, Plimmerton Kindergarten, He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens to travel to Japan to work/teach in a forest kindergarten - teacher exchange in Japan, 2016.
Christine Alford, teacher, Mairtown Kindergarten, Whangarei to attend the summer symposium - Developing a pedagogy of play in Portland, Oregon, June 2016.
2014 grant recipients
Tracey Nelson and Ashleigh McPherson, Geraldine Kindergarten, Geraldine, to travel to Hawaii to work with the Waikiki Elementary School and attend the ECE conference on Habits of Mind learning Community of Excellence, March 2015.
Eileen Kennedy and Beth Huddleston, Education Managers, Napier Kindergarten Association to attend the 6th International Art in Early Childhood Conference in Hong Kong, June 2015.
Lynda Hunt, West End Kindergarten, Palmerston North to attend several conferences in 2015 to advance her research: Learning Network, Wellington – March; NZ Association of Research in Education, Whakatane – September; ECE Convention, Rotorua – October; two study trips to Auckland to collaborate on presentations for the above.
2013 grant recipients
Adam Buckingham, Auckland Kindergarten Association to attend and present to the Australian Association for Environmental Education on ECE, Tasmania, November 2014
Jill Brider, Ruahine Kindergarten Association to attend two conferences: ECE Conference, Melbourne, May 2014 and Queesland EC Annual Conference, Brisbane, June 2014
Rachel Deane, Wellington Kindergarten Association to attend and present to the 21st International Conference on Learning, New York, July 2014
2012 grant recipients
Jacqui Hayward, Shelley Harper and Leanne Nepia, Professional Service Managers, Auckland Kindergarten Association to attend Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ) Melbourne Educational Conference and Tour, October 2013
Ina Ropu-Tengaru on behalf of Te Punanga Reo Kuki Airani o Porirua teachers (10) Toru Fetu Kindergarten, Porirua, Wellington Kindergarten Association to organise and present ECE conference in the Cook Islands, July 2013
Kara Dudley, Kirsty Williams and Sarah Clark, teachers, Mahurangi Kindergarten, Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association for a study tour, Kiribati, 2013
2011 grant recipients
Sue Williamson and Sally Bruton, head teacher and teacher, Feilding Kindergarten, Ruahine KA to attend Fibre Arts Australia: The Paper Object in Ballarat, 2012.
Isabel Boyd, Robyn Mockett and Elizabeth Lee, head teacher and teachers, Paparangi Kindergarten, Wellington RFKA to attend the Early Childhood Australia National Conference - 'Consulting the Compass - defining directions' in Perth, 2012.
Jo Dean and Keri Cheetham, Teachers, Milverton Kindergarten, Ruahine KA to attend the Early Childhood Australia National Conference - 'Consulting the Compass - defining directions' in Perth, 2012.
2010 grant recipients
Jenny Varney, Anne Masterton, Helen Smithies, Lynette Wray and Andy Cairns – senior teachers from Wellington RFKA to complete a Study tour of Brisbane EC centres - and attend the C&K Early Childhood Teacher Conference. The report and presentation has been provided below.
Kathryn Keyte and Tessa Kirner, head teacher and teacher from Roslyn Kindergarten, Ruahine KA for a Reggio Emilia study tour in Melbourne.
Arvay Armstrong-Read, Professional Practice Advisor Maori at Northland KA to attend her M.Ed Social Ecology -graduation in Sydney.
2009 grant recipients
Nelson teachers produced a set of booklets about the kindergartens they visited in Melbourne, Fiordland kindergarten's presentation is about their forest kindergarten. The reports and presentations have been provided below.
Fiordland Nature Kindergarten (3480 KB)
Joyce Barns was born in 1916 and died in 1997. Both parents died when Joyce was very young and she and her brother were bought up in Invercargill by maiden aunts. Joyce trained as a kindergarten teacher in Dunedin and was the Director of several kindergartens and the prestigious Helen Deem Centre which was used in the training of Plunket nurses.
Joyce moved to Wellington in 1947 and was the Director of the Taranaki Street Nursery School, at that time used for the training of Kindergarten teachers. In 1951, Joyce Barns, the director of the Taranaki Street Nursery School, received a bursary from the British Council to study "the most up-to-date methods in work with young children" at London's Institute of Education. Joyce became principal of the Wellington Kindergarten Teachers College, a position she held till 1974 when the Kindergarten Teachers Colleges amalgamated with the Teachers Colleges.
Joyce is remembered as being very warm and caring of “her girls” at the Training College. She was quite proper, but had a great sense of fun. Joyce’s influence on early childhood education has been widespread and enduring.