CORE's Team

Tracey McAllister

Facilitator - Early Years


2008 B.Ed (Massey University)
Dip. Tch (ECE)
Full Teacher Registration
Post Grad Dip.Tch

Contact details


P: 03 379 6627

Region: Canterbury

Professional profile

Tracey's education career spans twenty five years, with a vast range of experiences: early childhood centre licensee, centre manager, centre owner/employer (13 years), kindergarten teacher, early childhood educator – infants and toddlers and mixed age centres, team leader hospital play specialists CDHB (12 months relief position), guest and visiting lecturer at UNITEC and the Auckland College of Education, associate teacher, researcher, presenter, facilitator, supervisor for advice and support programmes for teacher registration.

Tracey has been a facilitator for the Auckland College of Education Early Childhood Professional Development Programme (1996-2001) working alongside cluster groups with a range of areas, for example; the pilot of Te Whāriki, centre management issues, performance review systems, centre policy and philosophy development and review. She has sat on advisory committees for both UNITEC for the development of post graduate programmes and the merger of Auckland College of Education and the University of Auckland for the development of pre-service teaching programmes. Her recent role at the Canterbury District Health Board as relief team leader for the hospital play specialist team has given her the opportunity to work with families of children with special needs alongside a multidisciplinary team. 

Tracey's areas of passion and expertise are Education for Sustainability (Efs) in the Early Years, working with Infants and Toddlers, teaching and learning environments, and transition to school. She has recently completed a thesis with the University of Waikato which was focused on transition to school, the development of identity and Efs (Education for Sustainability) as a tool for the transference of knowledge from the early childhood setting to primary school. Tracey has a strong interest in how children propagate knowledge and use this knowledge in various settings and what it is that affords and constrains the child to demonstrate that knowledge. She also has a keen interest in Efs as a tool for the collaborative learning for children and teachers and was part of a kindergarten team who won the Enviroschools Green Gold Award.


  • Infants and toddlers
  • Transition and identity
  • Education for environmental sustainability

Professional body membership

  • Te Rito Maioha


  • McAllister, T. (2017) Connections for tamariki between sustainability, transition and place based education. Te Rito Maioha Conference, Auckland.
  • McAllister, T. (2013) Several contextual presentations to multi-disciplinary teams on the role of the Hospital Play Specialists, The Impact of Hospitalisation on Children. Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch.
  • McAllister, T. (2012) A journey of sustainability. University of Canterbury guest presentation to in-service teachers, Christchurch.
  • McAllister, T and team (2010) Environmental Education in Early Childhood. Victoria, Australia.
  • McAllister, T. (2009) St James Kindergarten presentation through the Enviro Schools umbrella with the Auckland City Council (several).
  • McAllister, T. (2008) Sustainability in Early Childhood Education, Rich Learning and Teaching Environments. REANZ (Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand) (several).
  • McAllister, T. (2002) Action Research Model: Revisiting Routines. Early Childhood Convention.
  • McAllister, T. (2001) Infants and Toddlers - Challenging our thinking. Unitec.
  • Aitken, H., Hatherly, A. and McAllister, T. (1999) Action Research Model: Revisiting Routines. OMEP.
  • Aitken, H. and McAllister, T. (1997-2001) A number of presentations to students enrolled in the Diploma programme. The main focus being Action Research - Linking Theory and Practice. Auckland College of Education.


  • 2010: University of Waikato Centre for Scientific & Technology Education Research (CSTER) awarded fee subsidy for Environmental and Sustainability Education course.

Personal statement

I grew up inland from Gisborne, a stark contrast to inner city Auckland where I lived for 20 years prior to returning to a semi-rural lifestyle in North Canterbury in 2010. It is here where we raise our family - and 300 Olive trees!