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Playcentre publishes new book on how to get general agreement in harmony.
11th May 2011
by Emma Jane Hordyk
email : media@Playcentre.org.nz
On Friday 20th May at 3pm Playcentre Publications will be launching life member, Robbie Burke’s new book “Making Consensus Work” during the NZPF National Conference at the Barry Court Hotel in Parnell, Auckland.

“Decisions that all can live with” author, Robbie Burke, has written a practical guide to collaborative decision-making, and includes suggestions for dealing with difficulties that may be encountered as diverse perspectives are worked through and synthesised into an outcome that everyone can commit to.

Robbie explains, “Basically, I was disillusioned with the traditional voting process, especially when I was representing a minority view and no one seemed to want to find out the reasons for our stance. I also became concerned at the potential for legitimate strategies that could influence or manipulate outcomes, I even saw some in practice!” She adds, “When Playcentre made the commitment to working biculturally it became more important that the two cultures adopted processes, which encouraged them to listen, understand each other and find common ground.”

Playcentre Publications has been in the business of publishing books relevant to early childhood education since before 1975. It provides publications and resources to enable Playcentre members to enhance their parenting skills and train towards gaining their early childhood education qualifications, plus in recent years several books have become standard text in Colleges of Education. In addition these resources are available to other individuals and organisations, particularly those involved in the field of early childhood education.

Playcentre acknowledges and supports parents as the first and most important educators of their children. Playcentres are co-operatively managed and supervised by parents with support from experienced Association and Federation personnel. They deliver the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, and are partially funded by the Ministry of Education.

To order copies of this book please visit www.Playcentre.org.nz and click on publications (Ph/fax (09) 827 3469).

Contact for Media: Emma Jane Hordyk, Media Officer, NZPF. 09 838 9121, 0226 700 884,

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