Te Whāriki

Te Whāriki

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Research reviews

Te Whāriki: An introduction to the early childhood curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand

A brief introduction to the structure, aims and values of New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Communication strand | Mana Reo

An introduction to the wide range of skills that encompass the communcation strand, and strategies for supporting the development of children’s communication.

Belonging strand | Mana whenua

The benefits of attending to young children’s sense of belonging and features of practice that support and develop it.

Exploration strand | Mana Āoturoa

The key skills involved in the exploration strand and how to support and enable them.

Contribution strand | Mana Tangata

The main ideas underpinning the contribution strand and how to build and enable children’s contribution in early childhood settings.


Authentically designing a curriculum aligned to local context

A discussion about the elements involved in setting up a local curriculum and look at ways to work with Te Whāriki (2017) to make this happen authentically.



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