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Transcript of Te Whariki
Andrew Simand, Olga Cheusova, Doris Su Wong, & Meenu Khela
Our Journey Begins in New Zealand:
The Home of Te Whāriki
Originated in New Zealand
Approximate Population: 4.7 million
What is Te Whāriki?
Aim of Education
Provides links to learning in school to build knowledge, skills & abilities
Social & critical learning through peers
Cultural & spiritual heritage
Learning not restricted by gender, locality, or economics
Role of the Kaiako
Ensure well-being and inclusion of every child
Ongoing professional learning skills
Spiritual & cultural learning activities
What is Whāriki?
In the Maori language, it means "woven mat"
Image of the Child
It symbolizes the child as a "whāriki" in progress
Dimensions of Development
Principles and Strands
Methods of Te Whāriki
Hill Street Early Childhood Care
1 Head Teacher
5 Registered ECE's
Maximum Capacity: 25 children
Attendees range from 10 months to school age
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:15pm
Policy Makers and Governors:
The management committee is made up of parents and teachers. There are several elected roles:
Fundraising & Grants Officer
Staff & Parent Liaison
Philosophy at Hill Street
The centre believes in the relationship of the parents and educators as partners for the children's learning. Embracing the learning fundamentals of the Te Whāriki curriculum, the centre fosters empowerment of the young learners and the biculturalism in New Zealand.
National New Zealand Education Program
Birth to School Age
Established in 1996-Innovative and world leading
Dr. Helen May, Dr. Margaret Carr, Dr. Tamati Muturangi Reedy and Tilly Te Koingo Reedy
Integrated & holistic curriculum
Children learn through:
Family & Community
Structure of curriculum
Subject content interwoven through
Model closely related to Bronfenbrenner's ecological model
Maori culture integrated
Separate curriculum for infants, toddlers, & young children
Each strand has goals
For example: "Strand 1: Well-Being-
Children experience an environment
where their health is
promoted" (Ministry of Education,
Strands and Goals section, pg. 15).
"competent and confident
learners and communicators, healthy
in mind, body, and spirit"
(New Zealand, pg. 5).
1. Does anyone remember what "whāriki" means?
2. What stood out to you about Te Whāriki? Would you consider including any of these elements in your own philosophy?
3. How would you compare this model of ECE to what you guys are researching or to a model that you like?
4. Do you agree with the values, curriculum, etc. of Te Whāriki? Why or why not?
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February 5th, 2018, from https://hillstreetchildcare.com/
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New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). Te whariki: Early childhood curriculum.
Retrieved February 10th, 2018, from http://tewhariki.tki.org.nz/assets/Uploads/files/Te-Whariki-Early-Childhood-Curriculum.pdf
New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). The story of te whariki. Retrieved February
13th, 2018, from http://tewhariki.tki.org.nz/en/the-story-of-te-whariki/
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