Dr. Helen Pritchard

Senior Lecturer

Staff profile

Dr. Helen Pritchard


Senior Lecturer

Teaching areas

Early childhood education


Helen began her career as a kindergarten teacher at 17, spanning over four decades teaching in ECE in New Zealand and Australia.

Transitioning to tertiary education as an ECE lecturer in 2006, Helen joined Manukau Institute of Technology in 2011, specialising in teaching the Expressive Arts. Her passion and commitment led to a completed PhD, where she identifies the nature of transformative experience in early childhood settings, highlighting how artistic and affective dimensions within the arts form a crucial part of children's learning.

Throughout her extensive career, Helen has played a pivotal role in shaping education, contributing significantly to students learning and development. Her research interests centre around aesthetics and empathy in lived experience, focusing on Musical Play.

Why I love MIT

Joining Manukau Institute of Technology has been an immensely rewarding journey. I cherish the opportunity to impart knowledge of the Expressive Arts, fostering a love for creativity in aspiring educators. This vibrant community and the shared dedication to shaping future teachers makes every day fulfilling. It's a privilege to contribute to the growth and development of passionate individuals.


  • Kindergarten Teachers Diploma (Wellington)
  • Diploma of Teaching (Macquarie University, Sydney)
  • Higher Diploma (Auckland College of Education)
  • Level Two Orff Music (University of Waikato)
  • Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours) and
  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Auckland)