Upcoming programmes

Learning Through Play Workshops (Term 3)

We are excited to be bringing over 75 “Learning through Play” workshops to centres in Term 3.  These workshops will inspire you with new ideas to support children’s play and learning at your Playcentre and at home. 

Register for Play Workshops in your region using the links below.

Play Workshops – Upper North Island
Play Workshop – Central North Island
Play Workshops – Lower North Island
Play Workshops – Upper South Island
Play Workshops – Lower South Island

Workshops are open to all Playcentre whānau, whether you’ve been at Playcentre a week or a decade. Most of the workshops can be utilised for the Playcentre Education B401 play workshop. From next year, the education programme will include more play workshops in both the B-series and C-series modules – this is an opportunity to get a step ahead!

Babies are welcome at all workshops. We ask that you find alternative childcare options for toddlers and older children where possible for workshops running at the weekends or evenings. The primary focus for these workshops is for adults and fewer children enables adults to better focus and explore play themselves.

Workshop registrations are being collected by region. You will receive confirmation of your bookings approx. one week before the workshop(s). Please check your email before you attend in case of any last minute cancellations – there are still a number of illnesses doing the rounds. We ask that participants wear masks when indoors at workshops and stay home if unwell.

While we able to offer 75 workshops this term, we know that we haven’t reached all corners of NZ and will do our best to add more play workshops in Term 4 for other parts of the country.

If you have queries about registrations, please contact:
Upper North and Lower South – Kara Daly [email protected]
Central North and Lower North – Louise Albert [email protected]
Upper South – Rebecca Congalton [email protected]

Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) contract secured for another three years

In June 2022, the Playcentre Professional Learning and Development (PLD) team was successfully in securing another three-year Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) contract with the Ministry of Education.

The overall aims of our contract are to:

  • Imbed the Statement of National Education Learning Priorities (NELP) into practice at all levels of Playcentre Aotearoa (national, regional and local centres)
  • Support Playcentre whānau to be kaiako on Playcentre sessions, including implementing Te Whāriki and learning through play
  • Maintain and strengthen a culture of review through internal evaluatio
  • Build pedagogical leadership at all levels of the organisation

Our new contract enables us to run professional learning as:

  • Centre clusters (geographic or with a shared topic)
  • Leadership programmes for Playcentre volunteers, including general Playcentre leadership, Te Ao Māori and Pasifika
  • More PLD opportunities for employed Playcentre Aotearoa staff
  • One off events

The funding for all Playcentre PLD programmes is covered by the Ministry of Education SELO fund and there is no cost to participate in the learning programmes.