Thompson trained as a kindergarten teacher and graduated at the end of 1964 as the first Māori student to gain a diploma with merit in kindergarten teaching. Thompson was the recipient of an award which enabled her to visit kindergartens with high Māori rolls and research ways to increase the involvement of Māori parents in the work of kindergartens.
- Thompson, Gloria. "Kindergarten Teaching." Te Ao Hou 59 (1967): 53-55.
- "Kindergarten Teaching." Te Ao Hou 59 (1967): 53-55.
- In this introduction to kindergarten teaching, Thompson describes the necessary attributes of a potential teacher, gives an outline of the kindergarten teachers’ training programme and looks at entry qualifications, student allowances, accommodation and promotion.