Te Whāriki

Te Whāriki is underpinned by a vision for children who are competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.

Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. 

The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice.

The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners.

Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

Te Whāriki (2017)

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum [PDF, 4.4 MB] Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo [PDF, 2.8 MB]
Download the Te Whāriki parent pamphlet [PDF, 618 KB] Download the Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo parent pamphlet [PDF, 669 KB]

The updated Te Whāriki better reflects today’s early learning contexts and the learning interests and aspirations of children and their whānau.  It includes 2 documents in one: Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum and Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo. The 2 documents share a common framework while describing alternative curriculum pathways of equal status.

Te Whāriki is supported by a new portal on the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website (external link) . This website has been designed to provide implementation guidance, practice examples and resources and will be expanded and developed over time.

All early learning services and their stakeholders will be distributed copies of Te Whāriki, parent pamphlets and posters by early May 2017.

Updated Te Whāriki

The update was carried out by a group of early learning academics and practitioners from a range of different contexts. The original writers of Te Whāriki and Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust assisted with the update.

Its clearer focus on what matters most will support early learning services determine local priorities and design quality learning programmes with their parents and whānau for the youngest learners.


Consultation on the updated Te Whāriki was undertaken in November/December 2016 and the feedback was analysed and incorporated into the final changes to Te Whāriki.

Download the 2 summaries of the consultation feedback:

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