Online learning programmes for centres Term 1 and 2 

The PLD team will be running three online programmes for centres over a 15-week period starting in the week of the 14th of March.  

Weekly topics will be offered to support centres in one of two areas: Outdoor Play and Wellbeing.

The programme will be guided by the internal evaluation framework with many interesting and different workshops via teams to participate in, as well as self-paced learning options like videos and readings that participants can do when it suits them. 

Overall structure of the programmes: 

  • Initial workshop* – Introduction and overview. Noticing, preparing to Investigate.
  • Series of workshops on Investigating the possibilities: Look in, look out, look to the experts.
  • Workshop on Making Sense and Prioritising to Take Action*
  • Final sharing workshop on Monitoring and Evaluating (and documenting)*

Centres joining the programme will commit to sending the same 1-2 people along to the *required workshops, and as many investigating workshops as are relevant for their specific topic.  Other centre members are encouraged to also join the Investigating workshops. 

Each programme will have a maximum of four centres participating.  

Programme times and topics. 

  • Wellbeing- Monday’s 7:30-9pm (21st of March-4th July) 
  • Outdoor Play 1- Wednesday’s 7:30-9pm (23rd March-6th July) 
  • Outdoor Play 2- Thursday’s 1-2:30pm (17th March-30th June) 

To register for a programme please fill out the form by Tuesday 15th of March.  


Online Te reo Māori programme term 2. 

The PLD team (in collaboration with kai hononga māori) will be offering two online te reo māori programmes in term 2. 

Each programme will run for the 10 weeks of term 2 and involve one 90-minute online teams session a week.  

The programmes aim to provide a safe space to develop confidence in using te reo māori to support you to meaningfully incorporate te reo māori into your Playcentre sessions. 

One programme is specifically designed by māori for Whānau Māori and/ or their Kākano Māori. 

The other programme will be open to all centre members and centre support staff. 

The number of participants in each programme will be limited to ensure we have manageable groups for online facilitation.  

If you are interested in taking part, please complete the expression of interest form as soon as possible. 


Ministry of Education Positive Parenting Courses  

To support mental health, resilience and emotional wellbeing for our tamariki and rangatahi, the Ministry of Health has partnered with Whāraurau to offer parents, whānau and caregivers free online versions of the Triple P: Positive Parenting Programme across the country. 
Find out more about Triple P and register for programmes. 
There are three free Triple P online programmes available to help positively support children to reduce anxiety, build emotional resilience and life skills and cope with challenges: 

  • Fear-Less Triple P Online – for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers (aged six to 14 years) who have significant anxiety
  • Triple P Online – for parents with toddlers to 12-year-olds
  • Teen Triple P Online – for parents with ‘tweens’ or teenagers aged 10 to 16 years.

These programmes will also provide whānau a toolkit that equips them to stay calm, guides behaviour positively and encourages children’s learning.