Nicola Woollaston is a mother of four, an early childhood teacher, a Child Life Specialist and Hospital Play Specialist who has worked for more than 20 years with children, families and whanau in community and hospital settings in New Zealand, the UK and Canada. She has presented at numerous international conferences and inservices, developed resources and published a book to support infant visual development. When based in Christchurch Nicky worked at the hospital and for a number of years operated Growing Tiny Minds, a small business which focused on using play and relationships to support development in early years.
In 2011 Nicky’s focus shifted to supporting her community to manage the stress and ongoing impact of the Christchurch earthquakes, consulting with local schools and kindergartens. In 2015 Nicola shifted with her family to the Waikato; after working for a short time with Waikids she moved into her current role as Team Leader of the Hospital Play Specialists at Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland. Nicky has blended her professional expertise, her experiences as a mother, and her passion for supporting children and families to write Nurturing Your Baby’s Potential.