Cluster Resources

What is a cluster?

Clusters are a space for centres to share where they are on their journey, give and receive help and support, and  share information.

Each cluster is made up of between five and 20 Centres. Clusters will primarily focus on centre needs and centre issues and allow centres to discuss common issues–of a local or national nature.


What is their purpose?

Their purpose is to enable engagement with the wider organisation

  •  are by centres for centres
  • are self-determining, self-managing and membership can change
  • are a support mechanism
  • may discuss the budget and levy, strategic plan, annual plan, remits, and selection of trustees to a greater or lesser extent, depending on their capability and desire at the time
  • can be a forum for two-way information sharing with the management structure

For the process for Centres to feed their views through regional governance please see the Regional Governance Spaces section of the Governance tab of the website.

Meeting recommendations

It is recommended that clusters meet:

  • at least once per term, but you might like to do more.
  • in week four of the term, which gives the centre a chance to meet before the Cluster, and to meet after (if your centre has two business meetings per term) to discuss any relevant
    agenda items.
  • Meetings can be held at centres or other appropriate venues. It is entirely up to the cluster members and their budgets. If meetings are held at centres, then it could be rotated around centres to share the costs.

Cluster Resources

Cluster Toolkit

This document is currently being reviewed and updated.

Cluster Meeting Fact Sheet

This document is currently being reviewed and updated.

What others are saying

“Our cluster meetings have been “a great way to make the new members aware of what’s happening outside our Playcentre, both at other centres and in governance. It was a fabulous opportunity to showcase our centre and have feedback and suggestions from other centres. The whole experience brought our members together and created a sense of belonging and ownership of our Playcentre as a team”.

– Parua Bay Playcentre