National Executive : Early Childhood Council

By: Ecc  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Childcare, Childhood Education

Lonnie Parker


Lonnie became involved in the childcare industry when she purchased a centre, Bright Sparks Childcare, in November 2005. From there, her commitment grew, both philosophically and practically, to early childhood education. Lonnie has worked for a variety of corporates—airline, meat processing and newspapers—in accounting, IT and senior management roles. She is a qualified accountant, a member of the Institute of Directors, and has a Masters in Business Administration. Her qualifications and experience mean she can bring strategic thinking and good governance disciplines to the Executive Committee. In addition to her childcare centres, she is involved in other industries, including residential private hospital care of the elderly and private surgical hospital services. Lonnie has two young sons, ¨C Jackson and Henry.

Keywords: Childcare, Childhood Education

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National Office Staff : Early Childhood Council

He has held the senior communications roles for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Auckland Healthcare, Avalon NFU Studios, the New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 92 in Spain, a professional theatre, and a New Zealand Cabinet Minister. His roles for the ECC include strategic thinking, communications management, media relations, media training and lobbying.


Life Members : Early Childhood Council

She later became the area contact for the Taranaki area until these positions were no longer required as the ECC grew and employed paid staff, thus support was given through the head office. Through the years she has seen many changes, including the Ministry of Education taking responsibility for licencing and regulating, and the ERO reviewing EC centres.


Events : Early Childhood Council

Participants include centre managers, committee members, owners, staff, students, government officials, training providers and anyone with an interest in the care and education of children under five. As a leader in the early childhood sector the ECC hosts New Zealand’s largest annual early childhood conference. Encourage a growing and supportive network of early childhood teachers, supervisors, owners, and managers.


Conference 2011 : Early Childhood Council

Feedback from delegates, speakers, exhibitors and staff has been overwhelming and we are very proud to have been part of this exceptional event. The 2011 Early Childhood Council Conference was enjoyed by all. Presentation notes can be downloaded here.