“There is clear evidence that teachers who have strong ‘theoretical knowledge’ of literacy and can integrate this well, will achieve the greatest overall gains for children” McLachlan, Nicholson, Feilding-Barnsley, Mercer and Ohi

This programme will run from April 2019 - June 2020 and is available for centres in the following areas:

Paeroa, Waihi, Hauraki, Te Kuiti, Te Awamutu and Taumarunui

Click HERE to download a flyer for printing and sharing with your team

Language and culture are inseparable. Through this series of workshops and in centre visits we will focus on oral language, including infants and toddlers. We will unpack ways to strengthen language through quality environments and interactions that allow for mana, wairua and mauri to flourish.

Programme highlights:

Participating services will be placed in cluster groups with other local centres and will benefit from the following:

  • In-depth workshops with an ELP Professional Learning Facilitator
  • In-centre visits and support
  • A ‘literacy-based’ internal evaluation focus and outcome statement relevant to your specific setting
  • A chance to broaden your knowledge and practice around internal evaluation, shared and distributed leadership, action research, and literacy theory and practice
  • Access to research, resources, and external experts
  • Ongoing mentoring, contact, guidance, and support from professional learning facilitators and the community of practice in your literacy cluster group
  • Opportunities to widen your professional network and strengthen your team and organisational culture


  • Three 3 hour workshops with the five other centres in your cluster, followed by a presentation evening
  • In-centre visits, supporting centres where needed with your individual focus 
  • Online support

How to apply:

Unfortunately applications for this programme are now closed.



Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini
My strength is not that of an individual, but that of the collective

Click here to download a flyer to print and share with your team

Programme highlights:

With a particular focus on Te Whāriki, this programme will explore ideas around curriculum, assessment, planning, and evaluation processes.

We will identify the next steps to support participants with learning and teaching strategies. Using these practices, we hold the child, their family and whānau firmly at the centre of everything, while honouring their contributions as a basis for the design of a local curriculum for an individual setting.

Central to this project work would be internal evaluation. ERO defines internal evaluation as the use of robust processes to systematically inquire into and evaluate the effectiveness of policies, programmes and practices. Internal evaluation findings are used to inform decision-making, improve the quality of practice and promote positive outcomes for all children.

Participating services will be placed in cluster groups with other local centres and we will tailor workshops for each group, beginning with an introductory evening in April. We will follow with second cluster workshop, an Inspiration Day for all participants and finish with a Presentation Evening towards the end of June. Each service will also receive online support and in-centre visits from the Professional Learning Facilitator where needed, where they will be supported with their individual focus/inquiry question.


Central Auckland Cluster workshops
Monday 8 April, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Saturday 18 May, 9:00am-12:15pm: Inspiration Morning 
Thursday 6 June, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Thursday 27 June, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Presentation Evening 

East Auckland Cluster workshops
Thursday 4 April, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Saturday 18 May, 9:00am-12:15pm: Inspiration Morning
Thursday 30 May, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Monday 24 June, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Presentation Evening 

South Auckland Cluster workshops
Monday 15 April, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Saturday 18 May, 9:00am-12:15pm: Inspiration Morning 
Tuesday 4 June, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Tuesday 25 June, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Presentation Evening 

South West Cluster workshops
Thursday 11 April, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Saturday 18 May, 9:00am-12:15pm: Inspiration Morning 
Wednesday 5 June, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Workshop 
Wednesday 26 June, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Presentation Evening 


How to apply:

Unfortunately applications for this programme have now closed.


Teachers as learners: Developing a community of learners through inquiry

Whakapūpūtia mai ō mānuka, kia kore ai e whati  
Cluster the branches of the mānuka, so they will not break. 
(Unite with a basic philosophy and know which direction to go)

To download a flyer for printing please click HERE. For more information about what is involved and how to apply please read below.

Programme Highlights

  • An internal evaluation focus - based on what you want to grow in your centre
  • Growing teachers’ as inquirers
  • Supported self-directed professional learning
  • Opportunities to be supported through cluster hui, centre visits and an online forum
  • Opportunities to widen your professional network and create a sense of reciprocity amongst the ECE community
This professional learning is over 18 months and will support centres to embed the processes that create an alignment of internal evaluation, teacher’s inquiry, teacher appraisal and teacher certification renewal. Teachers will have many opportunities to deepen their understanding of Te Whāriki (2017).
You will join a cluster of other passionate teacher learners focused on engaging with their own inquiry that will strengthen their whole centre’s internal evaluation. Teachers and centres will develop a collaborative understanding of the Professional Standards through their inquiry.
Assessment and curriculum design are an integral part of the professional learning program because Learning Stories are often strong evidence of teachers understanding of current theory and research. Areas of inquiry over the 18 months could include the following:
Social competence
Infant and toddlers
Culturally responsive curriculum
Understanding your local curriculum
Working theories and dispositions
Curriculum areas
Assessment, planning and evaluation
Te Whāriki 2017
The programme will start in January 2019 with a cluster hui for all centres.  Then over the 18 months there will be several centre visits from an ELP Facilitator, an online community will support teachers research, and finally a time for teachers to share their innovative ideas with the whole cluster…..

How did your journey unfold?

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

How to apply

Unfortunately applications for this programme have now closed.