Essay about Te Whariki

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Te Wháriki Report

This report is on Te Whariki: Early Childhood Curriculum in which we follow as a framework for teaching in New Zealand. This report is going to cover the three broad age groups Te Whariki is based upon. It will explain the principles and strands of Te Whariki and the impact it has on a developing child. It will describe the purpose of Te Whariki and discuss ways it is used by early childhood education services throughout New Zealand. It will describe Te Whariki’s support for bi-culturalism throughout the early childhood sector. This report will discuss the importance of a partnership between home and the early childhood education settings, and will also discuss the Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological system theory and how
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The communication strand gives the child the opportunity to discover creative ways to express themselves. The fifth strand woven into the four Principles is the Mana Aoturoa (Exploration) strand. This strand aids a child’s learning. The exploration strand encourages learning through play and new experiences. A child’s exploration during play is valued and has a positive impact on learning. Exploration allows a child to gain confidence and also a sense of personal identity. A child who has the opportunity to actively explore the environment around them develops a sense of natural, social, physical and material worlds. Active exploration gives a child the experience and opportunities to problem solve and think up strategies which aid reasoning and thinking. (Ministry of Education, 1996) (E. Salcin-Watts. Class notes, 29 March 2011).


The purpose of this document is to “provide a curriculum framework that will form the basis for consistent curriculum and programmes in charted early childhood education services” (Ministry of Education, 1996, p. 10) The curriculum is foundations for all children in a licensed Early Childhood Education setting in New Zealand. Te Whariki allows the early childhood education services to work alongside families which aid’s learning for children (Ministry of Education, 1996).

Te Whariki is the first bi-cultural curriculum framework in New Zealand. The curriculum document acknowledges the Treaty of Waitangi and

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