If you have any questions about workshops or enrolment contact your local regional education staff.
including Northern North Island, North Shore, Greater Auckland area and Counties Manukau
including East Waikato, Eastern BOP, King Country, Rotorua, Tairāwhiti,Thames Valley, Waikato, Western BOP
including Wellington, Hutt, Wairarapa, Central Districts, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Whanganui
including Buller Westland, Canterbury, Marlborough, Mid Canterbury, Nelson
including Otago, Southland, South Canterbury
Here are some tips to help when booking workshops through Bookwhen
The first step is to choose your region then in turn you can filter by Course/Workshop or by the locations which might suit you. When you select an event from the Left-hand menu the information about that event is displayed on right hand side of the page. If you wish to attend go to “tickets” at the bottom right hand side of the page and click the Select button. Then click on the “view selection” button which will open the page to view selections and the make the green “Book now” button available. Follow the instructions – please be careful to accurately type your email address then you will be prompted to enter your other details – first name, last name, mobile phone and centre. If you are already enrolled in the Playcentre Education programme it is helpful if each time you book workshops you use the same name as you are enrolled under.
Phone Barbara Cooper (Student Support Co-ordinator for workshops Upper North Island and Central Regions) or Chrissie Sundstrum (Education Administrator for workshops in the Lower North or South Island Regions).They will book you for the workshops you wish to attend.
Note – you do not need a log-in to access the Playcentre education workshop booking function on the Playcentre website.
We need to know the number of students coming to an event so that about a week in advance we can provide the appropriate quantity of resources for the workshop facilitator/tutor to supply to students. We may also need to decide whether there are sufficient numbers coming to the event to it to be viable or should this event be cancelled, re-scheduled or another option created. It is also important to cancel your booking if you no longer intend to come. Although workshops are free to students there is a cost for Playcentre to run them and we need to use limited resources wisely. If you do not cancel your booking you will also un-necessarily be on the list to receive notifications if the event has to be cancelled or postponed for any reason.
If the workshop has not yet begun – please cancel your booking as soon as possible so that someone else may attend. The easiest way to canel is via the confirmation email that you received from BookWhen when you booked the workshop. Click on “View Booking”, then “Ticket Options,” then “Cancel”.
Alternatively email Barbara Cooper (Student Support Co-ordinator for workshops Upper North Island and Central Regions) or Chrissie Sundstrum (Education Administrator for workshops in the Lower North or South Island Regions).
Yes. Do not cancel your booking in BookWhen. It is courteous to advise the facilitator you will be absent or email Barbara Cooper (Student Support Co-ordinator for workshops Upper North Island and Central Regions) or Chrissie Sundstrum (Education Administrator for workshops in the Lower North or South Island Regions) so they can pass this information on. You will need to attend the missed session at some point in the future. Refer to “How do I book a Missed Session.” You can also catch-up a missed session by registering to do it online.
If a workshop is full a “Join Waiting List” option will appear on Bookwhen. Select this, and you will be added to the Waitlist, and advised what place you are in the queue. You will receive an email if a space becomes available and must book the ticket promptly through Bookwhen to secure it. Refer to “How does the Waitlist work?”
If a place becomes available, the first person on the Waitlist will be emailed inviting them to book a ticket. After 30 minutes if the ticket has not been booked, the next person on the waitlist will be emailed and so on. Once the waitlist has been exhausted and if the ticket has still not been booked, it becomes open for anyone to book.
If you receive an email and wish to attend, you must ‘book’ the ticket through Bookwhen. You cannot book by replying to the email automatically generated by Bookwhen to advise that a waitlist place is now available. If a place is no longer available when you go to book a ticket, then someone else on the waitlist has beaten you to it – please do not just ‘turn up’ at the workshop.
Someone else on the Waitlist has booked the ticket before you, so there is no longer a space available. Refer to “How does the Waitlist work?”
No – your place on the waitlist will remain, and you will receive an email if another place becomes available.
You most likely entered your email address incorrectly when booking.
Contact Barbara Cooper (Student Support Co-ordinator for workshops Upper North Island and Central Regions) or Chrissie Sundstrum (Education Administrator for workshops in the Lower North or South Island Regions) and write the dates in your own diary or phone calendar in case you do not receive the automatic reminders.
You could cancel your booking and rebook being careful to type your email correctly. BUT you cannot do this if there is a Waitlist as the cancelled place will be offered to the Waitlist in order of booking.
Please contact Barbara Cooper (Student Support Co-ordinator for workshops Upper North Island and Central Regions) or Chrissie Sundstrum (Education Administrator for workshops in the Lower North or South Island Regions).
Here are some tips to help for online workshops
Please register your interest to join an online module through the booking page on the Playcentre website – go to Current Members/Education/ Find a workshop or online module and scroll down the page to the computer symbol, click on the words “ONLINE MODULES.” All online modules available are found here and are offered nationally not regionally. Once we have confirmed your eligibility for the module you will be added to list of those registered and when the online module is loaded you will be sent a link from the iQualify site to begin the unit when it goes live.
Face to face modules occur at a set time and place and often require a minimum number of learners to be run. Online modules are more flexible and can accommodate unlimited numbers. The online part of the learning is mostly self-guided. What this means for you as a learner is that you have more choice, but greater responsibility. Self-guided means you set the pace and choose how and when to complete readings, videos and activities. Self-guided also means you are responsible for checking your answers against our model answers or feedback.
In face to face delivery the content is provided through a series of workshops while online the content may be provided as a course with sections that are comparable to the face to face workshops. For example in module B401 workshop 1 is comparable to section 1 online.
A tablet, smart phone, laptop or PC will work with the iQualify platform. You do not need specific software. If find having only a smart phone limits your online experience contact Haley Brown (the Student Support Co-ordinator for online students) as Playcentre Education does have some chromebooks available for online students to borrow at no cost.
The skills required are basic – If you can look up a website, use a google search, send an email, understand what download or upload a file means, use a smart phone you will have the skills to use the IQualify online platform. If you have used internet banking, Trade Me, or an online account such as my MSD or similar you will be skilled enough. There are support pages and ‘help’ built into the online platform.
As with workshops there is no cost to students – Playcentre pays the tutor support and online platform access costs. We have also paid the copyright licence costs for material shared with you for your own study.
You will not get a booklet but you can download content from the platform to your device for reading later offline. You can also print articles or readings for your own study.
For online modules there is no limit on the numbers who can register to join a group. Around the end of each month we process all eligible current registrations to be sent an invitation to access the online platform. If you have not yet returned your enrolment pack or met an eligibility requirement for the module your name will remain on a wait list to be put into one of the next group that we set up. You do not need to re-register when the module is reoffered – you keep your place on the wait list until you have met the starting requirements and there are sufficient students ready to start the next group.
In the Christmas holidays there may be no modules on offer for a few weeks – a yellow notice banner on the Introductory page will advise you when to look for the first offer in the New Year.
The eligibility is made clear on the advertisement for the particular module.
If you have not started any of the Playcentre Education NZ Certificate in ECE and Care level 4 programme at all your first module must be B401. Before being granted access to B401 as an online module you must complete a full Playcentre Education enrolment form and Safety Check forms and provide ID to verify your identity and that you are a domestic student. You will be sent an Education enrolment pack and instructions when you register for a B401 online – the enrolment process is fully described on the Playcentre website.
Previous students transferring from the former Playcentre Diploma programme also need to return an Education enrolment pack to enter the new qualification: Those with Course 2 start at B402 and Course 3 start at B404.
If you have already started the Playcentre Education level 4 programme, and have been admitted to the programme (you have provided a full Education enrolment form, police vet and safety check forms and provided ID) you can continue with further modules online. The programme has a set of requirements or pre-requisites that define the order in which modules can be undertaken. These apply both to face to face and online study.
We build up a list of eligible students until we have around 20 students to form a group who will begin a module (be given access at the same time) with the same support tutor rather than offer open-ended indefinite access on an individual basis.
In addition, from a financial standpoint we need to manage the start and end dates in a sensible way as Playcentre pays to access the platform on a per student per calendar month basis.
We will continue to form new groups to satisfy demand as the numbers registered build up. You will not miss out even if a lot of people register before you do.
You will have been advised if you need to do something to meet eligibility requirements before you can start.
Research is clear that it is better for students to have a defined access period that is adequate to allow completion, even at a slow rate, rather than have open-ended indefinite access. It helps with focus and motivation for students and in managing group tutor support.
The access period defines the time during which you can complete the online content with tutor support – this is between four and eight weeks depending on the module. There is no deadline for submitting assessments although it is good to attempt the assessment sooner rather than later while the learning material is fresh.
After the end date you can still access the module in your “past courses” to read and work through the learning material and to submit the module assessment in the online assessment unit but you will no longer have regular tutor support.
The assessments for a module are exactly the same regardless of whether the delivery was online or face to face. Once you have progressed through the learning material you can submit your assessment through the i-Qualify learning platform and your support tutor will be your commenter. Once your online module ends you will have ‘reading’ access for an extended period, which will allow you to review the learning materials to help you complete your assessment.
There is no time limit for submitting assessments. If you do not submit during the extended ‘reading’ period after the online module ends you should email your online tutor to say you have submitted your assessment as the tutor will no longer be regularly checking for past groups for newly submitted assessments. Alternatively, if there is a long delay (4-6 months after the end date) in submitting your assessment you can submit your assessment through the usual national assessment email ([email protected])
Although you will be responsible for checking your own answers, you do still have the support of your tutor and fellow learners if you get stuck. Feel free to post questions to your learning group in the i-Qualify talk channels and contribute to discussions to help others if you can.
Don’t forget, you probably also know some people around you, your family, friends, other parents and colleagues at Playcentre that might be able to help. Reflecting on your learning and the ideas discussed during your practical experience in Playcentre sessions will contribute to your understanding of the links between theories and practical application.
Connecting with others is a great step in really consolidating the concepts in a course as you discuss and clarify your ideas either with others online or in your centre.