August 2020 - May 2021

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful engagement during our first hui for Leading in Times of Change.  Your feedback has given us some direction, moving forward, so we can support your setting in a meaningful way.

Below is a brief outline of the programme for the following nine months. There will be a mix of pre-recorded workshops, whole cluster hui, individual focus workshops and in-centre visits.

Please ensure that all teachers wishing to take part in this programme have completed the online Confirmation Form (click for link) We will need this information to ensure all teachers are kept up to date with communication and events.


Links to the following pre-recorded workshops will be sent to participants by email. These will be available for you to watch in your own time, then you can follow up any discussion with one of the ELP facilitators.

Sustainable Leadership - presented by Wendy Lee, sent to participants on 25 August 

At no other time has the significance of building sustainable leadership been so important. This seminar will explore the principles of sustainable leadership; sharing and discussing practical ways in which this might be achieved in an early childhood setting. Sustainable leadership comes from within learning communities where teachers are passionate about learning and teaching. Distributed leadership provides one of the much needed pathways for sustainable leadership. If you work towards integrating the principles of sustainable leadership you will make powerful and transformational changes in your early childhood setting. 

The Paper, The Paper, The Paper - 3 part online workshop series 

This will be split into three, one-hour long, workshops that you can watch in your own time. You can then follow up any discussion with your ELP Facilitator. We will focus on ways that reduces the amount of meaningless paper work and provide you with ways of working that means teachers and leaders are not burdened and over committed to things that do not give life and vibrancy to learning and teaching.

Robust Assessment - 3 part online workshop series 

This is also a series of three workshops that you can watch in your own time.  Imagine thinking about the Learning Stories you write as a tracking of the growth of your own professional practice, with the specific focus of making a real difference for children’s learning outcomes.  Enabling thoughtful engagement with learning, in the context of children’s energies, passions and spirit… all the while building a culture of ako, embedded in the Principles and Strands of Te Whāriki.


SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2020, 9:30am-2:30pm

Morrinville Rotary Club, Canada Street

Te Whāriki (2017, pg.20) reminds us that, “the wellbeing of each child is interdependent with the wellbeing of their kaiako, parents and whānau.” Bronfenbrenner believed that the quality of the interactions with children is very much reliant on the caregiver receiving support and recognition.

This will be an opportunity to think about teachers’ wellbeing!  How do we ensure that the teacher (caregiver) receives support and recognition in order for wonderful teaching practice to flourish?  What does teacher wellbeing have to do with children’s wellbeing?  And how can we ensure teachers are OK!  Aroha mai, aroha atu.


There will also be three workshops available during the nine months (times and venues TBC).

We will be delivering each of following workshops in both the Hamilton and Paeroa/Waihi areas and you can choose to attend all or as many of these as you would like:

Cultural Pedagogy: What might this look like in an early childhood setting?
Facilitated by Wendy Lee

Tuesday 23 February in Hamilton: (6:30-8:30pm): Room PWC, Waikato Management School Building, University of Waikato
Wednesday 17 March in Paeroa (6:30-8:30pm): The Carehouse, 21 Willoughby Street, Paeroa

Waihi i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa. Let us keep close together, not far apart.

“The culture of the child cannot enter the classroom until it enters the consciousness of the teacher’’ For me this is a very powerful quote and has made me contemplate what this might mean for teachers in both our bicultural and multicultural society. 

Culture is central to learning, it shapes our thinking. I believe a kaiako who acknowledges, notices, recognises and responds to the cultural experiences of the children and whānau within the early childhood context will exemplify the best in cultural pedagogy. 

Learning Begins with Aroha
Facilitated by Lynn Rupe

Wednesday 7 April in Hamilton: (6:30-8:30pm) Room MSB1.01, Waikato Management School Building, University of Waikato
Wednesday 31 March in Paeroa (6:30-8:30pm): The Carehouse, 21 Willoughby Street, Paeroa

Mā te ngākau aroha e ārahi. Let a loving heart guide your decisions.

In our work with children and whānau, our decisions are based on agreed strong values.  This is a time to think about He Māpuna te Tamaiti and how our values guide our work.

Strengthening Dispositions for Infants and Toddlers
Facilitated by Lorraine Sands

Thursday 18 March in Hamilton: (6:30-8:30pm): Room MSB1.01, Waikato Management School Building, University of Waikato
Thursday 18 February in Paeroa (6:30-8:30pm): The Carehouse, 21 Willoughby Street, Paeroa

The fundamental purpose of education for the 21st Century, it is argued, is not so much the transmission of particular bodies of knowledge, skill and understanding, as facilitating the development of the capacity and the confidence to engage in lifelong learning. “Central to this enterprise is the development of positive learning dispositions, such as resilience, playfulness and reciprocity" (Carr and Claxton 2002). This is an opportunity to reflect and discuss ways of supporting Mana, Wairua and Mauri for the youngest tamariki in order to grow dispositional learning. What words and actions do we use to realise the desires and passions children have and the control and power over their own learning?


During the nine months you will each receive three centre visits from one of the ELP facilitators who will be on the journey with you over the contract.  The visits are a great time to talk about setting up an internal evaluation, talking about how we can support your existing internal evaluation inquiry, discussing progress and generally ensuring that we continue to understand how best to support your individual setting.


Leading in Times of Change: Feb-Apr 2021 Live Workshop Registration