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Early childhood leaders must work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including other educators, management, parents and whānau, support services, primary schools and community groups. This course explores the range of collaborations and partnerships in which early childhood leaders are engaged and how these can be strengthened and supported to enhance teaching and leadership practice.

Includes membership of a Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Each course in our Leadership series offers the opportunity to join a Leaders’ Professional Learning Community (PLC). The PLCs are designed to deepen your learning and enhance your experience of the course by providing opportunities to engage with and learn alongside other leaders in a small-group setting. They involve four online meetings with the other members of the PLC and four text-based discussions for sharing ideas. Each week a different person in the PLC will take the lead in facilitating the group, with guidance provided for this.

Over 20 interviews, including

  • Professor Marek Tesar, University of Auckland
  • Lorraine Manuela, Learning Centre Director Tots Corner
  • Professor Carmen Dalli, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Andy Dean, Centre Manager Faculty of Education Early Learning Centre
  • Dr Angel Chan, University of Auckland
  • Dr Madeleine Dobson, Curtin University
  • Claire Jongepier, Head Teacher Hill Street Early Childhood Centre
  • Brenda Soutar (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki),  Te Rūnanga Nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa
  • Jacqui Lees, Head Teacher Papkuranga Baptist Kindergarten
  • Vicki Barrie, Principal Northcote College
  • Bridgette Towle, Director Kids’ Domain Early Learning Centre


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What you’ll learn on this course

The course is structured into eight parts, with each part designed to take about a week to work through, although participants are free to work at their own pace.

PART 1  

Collaborating with children – focuses on understanding child-centred practices and the inquiry and research methodologies that can be employed in early childhood education to capture and empower children’s voices.

PART 2  

Collaborating with families – builds an understanding of the principles of authentic partnership and how to develop ethical practices for collaborations with families. The common barriers to collaboration for families are also explored along with ways to work towards overcoming these.

PART 3  

Cultural responsiveness and social justice – enables participants to appreciate social justice and equity issues for families and children, and to understand how culturally responsive approaches are linked to social justice, as well as exploring how these might be embedded within their settings.

PART 4  

Providing extra support – considers what is required to develop a truly inclusive practice, including the pedagogies of care and support, and the principles of trauma-informed leadership.

PART 5  

He waka eke noa: Bicultural practice – builds participants’ knowledge of bicultural practices and supports them to appreciate the importance of genuine alignment and implementation, as well as to increase culturally responsive practices in their settings.

PART 6  

Community collaborations – explores the principles and benefits of community engagement and support participants to identify how they can develop authentic community partnerships.

PART 7  

Collaborating across sectors – considers the benefits of cross-sector connections and supports participants to seek opportunities for and build connections across sectors, including around the transition to school.

PART 8  

Working with management – considers how to develop and manage supportive relationships and mutual understandings, and to explore the role of advocacy in leadership.

Time commitment

Allow 8-10 weeks, 60 minutes per week, plus putting your learning into practice in your own work context

Flexible engagement

With course content available 24-7 and no cut-off date, you can choose when to engage with the learning materials

Collaborative PLC

Learn from and with other course participants in weekly small-group sessions

Multimodal learning

A rich mix of interviews, readings, video case-studies, reflections, and practical activities


Leadership 3: Leading Partnerships & Collaborations

Enrolment instructions

1. Select your enrolment requirements below carefully, especially if you are enrolling a group. 
2. You can choose to pay via invoice or by credit card.
3. Once enrolled, you’ll find the course on your Account page. You will also receive an email welcoming you to the course.

Group enrolments

Enrolling as a group offers you great savings, and enables teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in, linked to their email address, and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet.


  • 1 teacher: NZ$110.00
  • 2-10 teachers: SAVE 15% (NZ$93.50pp)
  • 11-25 teachers: SAVE 20% (NZ$88.00pp)
  • 26+ teachers: SAVE 25% (NZ$82.50pp)
  • Please note: Prices are subject to 15% GST (local sales tax). Discounts only apply to group enrolments made in one transaction, and cannot be applied retrospectively if your group size increases.

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Prices shown are per person, and are subject to GST (local sales tax) of 15%. * Lifetime access means for as long as the course is hosted on The Education Hub

Keeping our courses affordable

The Education Hub wants as many teachers as possible to be able to take our courses and benefit from the high quality professional learning they offer. Therefore, we are committed to keeping course fees as low as possible. It is through the support of our ever-generous supporters that we can produce such rich, multimodal learning opportunities while offering participants significant subsidies.

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Please note, all our courses are best completed on a desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Because of the amount of content, we do not recommend using a phone. 
* Group discounts apply to the full price, and can only be applied in one transaction, not retrospectively, or on the addition of more enrolments. ** Our standard terms and conditions are available here

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