Te Whāriki, our world leading early learning curriculum has been updated
New Zealand’s world leading early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated.
Te Whāriki, which has shaped early learning in New Zealand for the past 20 years, now better reflects the context of children’s lives in the 21st century as well as changes in early learning theory and practice.
The updated Te Whāriki includes 2 documents in one flip book: Te WhārikiHe whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum and Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo. This presentation clearly shows the unique indigenous curriculum pathway for children in kōhanga reo alongside a bicultural pathway for children in early childhood education.
A strong and well constructed curriculum is essential to ensuring children have the best possible start in life, giving them confidence as they move from one learning environment to another, keeping them engaged and eager to learn.
Te Whāriki 2017 will enable early learning services to collaborate with parents and whānau to provide a rich curriculum that reflects local priorities and interests.
While the overall structure of principles, strands and goals of Te Whāriki remain the same, Te Whāriki now has fewer learning outcomes – reduced from 118 to 20 - and links early learning to the learning that happens at school and kura.
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