Tracey McAllister

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)

M: 021 668 844
P: 0800 267 300
Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands

Tracey McAllister


Bachelor of Education – University of Auckland
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Full Teacher Registration
Master of Education – University of Waikato
Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching

Professional profile

Tracey's education career spans 30 years, with a vast range of experiences: early childhood centre licensee, centre manager, centre owner (13 years), kindergarten teacher, early childhood educator – infants and toddlers and mixed age centres, team leader hospital play specialists CDHB (18 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, and a range of governance and management areas. She has sat on advisory committees at 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 high needs, alongside a multidisciplinary team.

Tracey's areas of passion and expertise are Education for Sustainability (EfS) in the Early Years, Infants and Toddler pedagogy, teaching and learning environments, and education transitions. Her thesis with the University of Waikato was focused on transitions to school, the development of identity and EfS 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 and use knowledge in various settings, and what it is that affords and constrains children from demonstrating that knowledge. She also has a keen interest in EfS as a tool for 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
NZA Environmental Education.

Recent conferences and presentations

McAllister, T. (2017) Connections for tamariki between sustainability, transition and place based education. Te Rito Maioha Conference, Auckland.


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.