Ministry releases He Māpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning
The Ministry has released a new early learning resource to help kaiako support and develop the social and emotional wellbeing of young children.
He Māpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning includes a book, a set of quick tip cards to support kaiako in daily practice and a self-assessment tool for kaiako and teachers to reflect on, evaluate and develop intentional approaches to support the development of children’s social and emotional skills.
Written by kaiako and others in the sector, the resource focuses on four key areas: creating a supportive environment; promoting emotional competence; promoting social competence; and supporting learning and engagement.
It includes a range of practical and flexible strategies including establishing consistent routines, developing care and empathy for others, building resilience, fostering peer friendships and supporting children to manage their learning.
He Māpuna te Tamaiti has an underlying approach that is caring and culturally responsive in line with Te Whāriki: He Whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa.
It will be of value to kaiako new to early learning settings as well as those with significant teaching experience in homebased care, playgroups, early childhood centres, and junior classes in schools.
A series of five, two-minute video clips, and PowerPoint and Google slides will soon be available to support the book and cards.
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