Workshops for Teaching Staff (ECC - nationwide)

With the changes happening around the nation with COVID-19, ECC have created many Professional Development opportunities for our Teachers ONLINE!

Our online Teacher workshops run for 2 hours at the cost of $65+gst for our Members or $95+gst for our non-members.

Check out the topics below to find out more information

Professional Learning Development:

2 hour Online Workshops

Child Protection in ECE 

The Child Protection in ECE workshop is a 2 hour session, packed with information regarding legal requirements that are designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children.

The Children’s Act 2014 is a significant piece of legislation but it takes people who work with children to know what must be in place and what needs to be done. What are the key safety structures in the ECE context and what do teachers need to know? This workshop explains the protective system that needs to be in place and links it to teachers’ work and the learning environment.

Teachers will learn about

  • why child protection policies and procedures are instrumental,
  • how to define abuse, and
  • discuss practical steps to take in various situations.

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Friday 6th May

Friday 5th August

Friday 4th November

Early Literacy

What could teachers do to create a language-rich environment and what is conducive to children’s language development? There is so much more to literacy than the ability to read and write, particularly during the crucial early years.

This 2 hour online workshop concentrates on the importance of a sound knowledge base and purposeful planning to support young children’s emergent language skills. The workshop promotes the role of a dedicated literacy environment and a focus on oral language development specific to the early years. There is a strong emphasis on child development, practical and everyday tools and the empowerment of the child.

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Friday 18th March

Friday 17th June

Inquiries, Assessment, Self-Review, Internal and External Evaluation in ECE

Which one is which? What is the most effective process for inquiries? Is there a difference between self-review and Internal Evaluation and where does ERO’s Quality Framework fit in? All these processes aim to improve the learning outcomes of the learner but each tool works best if used purposefully.

This 2-hour, interactive online workshop addresses the above questions and provides definitions, explanations and background for ECE teachers at all levels. The objective is to make sense of the jargon and make connections to the ECE teacher’s work.

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Friday 25th March

Friday 24th June

Friday 30th September

Ngā Paerewa / the Standards for the Teaching Profession in ECE Practice

Ngā Paerewa / the Standards for the Teaching Profession apply to all teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand. However, how we implement the Standards may look different in the various educational settings.

This 2-hour online workshop will discuss what the Teaching Council’s Standards mean in daily practice in the Early Childhood sector. Participants will get an insight into:

  • What a baseline looks like that can be used to anchor individual practice in
  • How to weave and connect practices so they reflect the Standards, Tātaiako, and Tapasā
  • How everything teachers do connects to the Principles of Te Whāriki

Finally, this workshop explains the Teaching Council’s requirement for teachers to engage in a professional growth cycle and meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession.

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Friday 13th May

Friday 12th August

Friday 11th November

Physical Health & Movement in ECE

Research shows that active movement is a significant factor in children’s health and development. ECE learning environments play an important role in supporting children’s active learning. Teachers know that the best way to provide beneficial learning support is to take a holistic approach. This online workshop will show how centre policies and purposeful planning can assist teachers in integrating healthy activity throughout the day.

Domains, dispositions, learning environment and communities provide opportunities to facilitate a child-centred and empowering approach. This online workshop will discuss practical and easy ways for planning that are based on knowledge of the child and child development principles.

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Friday 1st April

Friday 1st July

Friday 30th September

Professional Growth Cycle

The education sector is constantly changing and refreshing, introducing new policies and processes. Teachers’ certification is going online and the appraisal becomes a ‘professional growth cycle’. The intent is to make it more straightforward, save time and give teachers more freedom to concentrate on what’s important.

If you have any questions about the professional growth cycle, this intensive 2-hour online workshop will address:

  • - The Teaching Council’s requirements for registration, certification and mentoring
  • - The Licensing Criteria requirement for appraisal
  • - The link to ERO’s Quality Indicators

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Friday 27th May

Friday 26th August

Friday 25th November

Te Ara Poutama – Teachers and the Quality Indicators

Te Ara Poutama, the new way of measuring quality in ECE, has replaced He Pou Tātaki. How does this impact on teachers? This intensive 2-hour online workshop unpacks indicators, explains their purpose, and uses practice examples, helping to make relevant connections. During the workshop, teachers have the opportunity to discuss how their day-to-day work links to the indicators.

This online workshop:

  • explains Ngā Ara Whai Hua, the new quality framework, and
  • unpacks the indicators for the learning conditions, i.e. He Whariki Motuhake and Whakangungu Ngaio
  • gives ECE teachers a very good overview of the intent and the impact of Te Ara Poutama.

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Friday 10th June

Friday 9th September

The NELP in Practice

As at 1 January 2022, the National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) have taken effect. As with most initiatives and programmes for the education sector, it is important that the teaching workforce is well informed about the relevance to their work and implementation. This online workshop is designed for ECE teachers to understand the background and purpose of these priorities and how they relate to their daily teaching practice.

This 2-hour online workshop will -

  1. Provide a definition of NELP
  2. Show how the NELP Objectives and Actions align with Te Whāriki
  3. Suggest practical strategies for implementing and integrating NELP Objectives and Actions within ECE practice.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, practical suggestions and discussion of strategies during the workshop is encouraged.

For the purpose of discussion it is recommended to have access to the NELP statement:

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The Role of Learning Stories in Assessment, Planning and Evaluation

Learning Stories are one of the tools ECE teachers can use for documenting children’s learning. Tools are at their best and most effective when they fulfil a whole range of functions and are used purposefully.

This 2 hour ZOOM workshop will discuss the different types of assessments as well as the purpose of assessment, particularly within the context of early childhood education. It will also detail some of the characteristics and the key components of an informative learning story. This discussion will provide depth to what the role of learning stories is in relation to assessment, planning and evaluation in the ECE environment.

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Friday 20th May

Friday 19th August

Friday 18th November

Transition and Continuity of Learning in ECE

There is ample evidence that children benefit greatly from effective transitions. Teachers who use a reflective approach, with intentional, thought-out processes are in a position to provide valuable support to children and their families.

This workshop offers a forum for teachers to consider support strategies in keeping with the intent of Te Whāriki for –

  • Infants, toddlers and young children, and in particular for
  • Children who are disadvantaged or have diverse needs

The focus of the discussion is on intentional, reflective practice that takes children’s and parents’ perspectives into account. This workshop will provide research-based information regarding desirable key conditions and strategies for transitions and continuity within ECE.

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Friday 8th April

Friday 8th July

Friday 28th October

our Local Curriculum – “What Matters Here”

Te Whāriki (2017) sets the expectation that ECE services will use the curriculum framework as a basis for weaving with children, parents and whanau its own local curriculum, taking into consideration aspirations and learning priorities. The Licensing Criteria (2016) also stipulate that centres must have a service curriculum that is consistent with Te Whāriki.

This intensive 2 hour zoom workshop will present a way of identifying ‘what matters here’ by way of:

  • Local Curriculum Framework Policy
  • sensible links to the Licensing Criteria requirements
  • clear identification of philosophy, values, learning priorities, and aspirations

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Friday 3rd June

Friday 2nd September


  • Workshops are 2-hour duration
  • Two-hour workshops cost: $65+GST (CC Members); $95+GST (non-Members)
  • Registrations are open until one week prior to each event
  • The ECC reserves the right to cancel workshops a week prior to the scheduled date if there are insufficient registration number