Why come to a workshop at Teaching Tools for Tots?


As an experienced teacher and facilitator of over 20 years and a mother of two young children, I understand the importance of setting a solid foundation in the early stages of a child's life.  I am passionate about giving parents, carers and educators simple, fun and effective tools and ideas to help educate and instill a love of learning in young children.



My Story

After being asked numerous questions from my playgroup about how they could help their toddler with learning, I invited them all to a workshop.  The feedback was so positive that I decided to share the knowledge and skills I gained over my many years of teaching with other mums, carers and educators.  Therefore Teaching Tools for Tots was formed.


As an Educator


I have been in education and teaching for over 20 years.  In this time I have taught Kindergarten through to Year 6 in the Catholic, Public and Independent School Systems.  I have also taught university students at Notre Dame University for 3 years.  Here I taught a range of subjects including 'Emerging Numeracy' and 'Literacy in the Early Years' to students studying Early Childhood and Primary Education. This made me more aware of the importance of setting a solid foundation in the first five years.  It also made me realise how much of an impact educators as well as parents and carers have on children's learning.

Currently I am curriculum coordinator at a PreKindy to Year 6 Primary School.  As part of my role I have been involved in the implementation of a reading program for struggling readers and assisted teachers with programming.  I am up to date with the new syllabuses and spend time liaising with teachers, giving a range of strategies and ideas on how to develop reading, writing, speaking, listening and mathematical skills across the school.  I also spend time in the classroom assisting teachers and teaching some lessons. 


As a Mum


My two children are my biggest inspiration for setting up Teaching Tools for Tots.  Both children are unique and learn so differently.  I hope their creativity and curiosity about the world around them as well as their thirst for knowledge and love of learning continues on into their future.  




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Merryn Develyn

Teaching Tools for Tots

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