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Michelle Pratt on Enspirement and Innovations in your EC Environments

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Michelle Pratt on Enspirement and Innovations in your EC Environments


Michelle has over 35 years experience in the commercial and not-for-profit education sector, holding a Bachelor in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Melbourne.

With a history of designing, owning and operating a range of early childhood centres, including the creation and development of the New Shoots Children’s Centre’s, Curiate NZ, New Shoots Creative Play Australia and New Shoots Publishing. Michelle has a strong interest in positive outcomes for children and families across all cultural contexts.

Michelle has also lectured at Auckland University -New Zealand in a range of subjects, and regularly writes for international journals and magazines about children’s issues specifically around Design and Development. She hosts the Facebook Group -Childcare Design which has a significant global following.

Michelle’s new initiative is called Enspirement.

In this interview, we discuss the New Shoots environments and the role of the outdoor spaces in these beautiful places. Michelle has tons of practical, tried and tested, innovative ideas for transforming any outdoor space. We go on to find out about Michelle’s sustainability goals, her favourite innovations and the food served at her New Shoots centres. We finish by finding out about her brand new initiative – Enspirement.




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Kathy Brodie

Kathy Brodie