When children move, they learn. It’s really that simple... and it’s really that powerful. Yet somehow today, in our fast-paced, over-scheduled, tech-savvy world, that idea often gets lost.

 

MOVING SMART was founded in 1997 by Gill Connell, Educator, Child Development Expert, and best-selling author, to help teachers and parents better understand the role movement plays in early childhood development while giving children all they need to move their bodies, build their brains, and develop the foundations they’ll need for a lifetime of learning.


 

 

GILL CONNELL

Founder, MOVING SMART

Mum, Grandmum, Teacher, International Lecturer, Author and Consultant

"A moving child is a learning child." Gill is a globally recognised child development authority, specialising in the foundations of learning through movement and play. Gill provides developmental expertise to parents, preschools, schools, and international companies such as Hasbro, Inc., based on her 30+ years in preschool and primary education. With her best-selling book MOVING TO LEARN, Gill has influenced the education of preschoolers nationwide in New Zealand, and is branching out worldwide with new and exciting Moving Smart initiatives.



 

Cheryl McCarthy

 Creative Director, MOVING SMART

 Writer, Author  

As a writer, producer and toymaker, Cheryl has made a career of play. As the former Vice President of Intellectual Property Development for Hasbro, Inc., Cheryl was instrumental in the development of creative content and storytelling for some of the world's best known toys and games including My Little Pony, Candy Land, Mr Potato Head, and Weebles, while producing more than 30 hours of animated and live action entertainment for children. Now serving as the Creative director for Moving Smart Ltd., Cheryl brings her playful sensibilities to the serious business of  getting kids moving to learn.

 

 

ADELE ORANGI

Preschool Movement Expert, NZ

Early Childhood Educator, Teacher Training Facilitator, and Parenting Movement Consultant

National representative in tennis and all-round athlete, Adele was the driving force behind New Zealand's national SPARC Preschool Active Movement initiative in the Canterbury West Coast region. Adele is an early childhood educator, who has taught in New Zealand and the UK. With 10+ years of classroom and playground experience, combined with her love of children, Adele brings a natural enthusiasm and invaluable knowledge base the Moving Smart playground, preschool and school programmes in the South Island.

 

   

 

 

WENDY PIRIE (MHSC)

Preschool Movement Expert, NZ

Early Childhood Educator, Teacher Training Facilitator, and Parenting Movement Consultant

Wendy is a mother to 3 boys aged 10, 8 and 4 and previously held the role of Early Childhood Development Officer for Sport Hawkes Bay. Last year Wendy completed a Master of Health Science from the University of Auckland with a research thesis investigating the impact of perceptual motor program Smart Start with PMP on new entrant children's learning and behaviour. 

 


 

DIANA JENKIN

Office Manager, MOVING SMART 

Mum, Office Manager, Sales Support and Customer Service

With  30+ years of experience in business, Diana is the "glue" that keeps Moving Smart moving. Diana's unique Playcentre training combined with her passion for children and learning, brings a deep understanding of the needs of teachers, parents and children alike, while deftly managing the day to day operations of Moving Smart. In short, if you want to know anything about Moving Smart, ask Diana! 


 

 

LOUISE DEMPSEY 

MOVING SMART Smart Words Consultant

Mum, Educator, Curriculum Developer, Writer and Smart Words Consultant

Louise is a teacher, Consultant, trainer and writer in the area of primary education with more than 15 years of specialised experience in literacy and "teaching and learning." Louise has developed phonics curriculum for the Department of Education in the UK, and since returning to New Zealand has developed a consultancy to some of the country's largest schools and teacher training facilities. Louise implements Moving Smart's SMART WORDS training programmes across all primary school year levels across New Zealand. www.learningsmart.co.nz