The Principles of Te Whaariki Essay

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Te Whāriki is a curriculum document that was released by the Ministry of Education in 1996 to “provide a curriculum framework that will form the basic for consistent curriculum and programme in early childhood centres” (Ministry of Education p.10). This means that now early childhood centres across Aotearoa will have the information and standards to make sure children grow and learn in a safe and nurturing environment. Joce Nuttall’s research has shown that the curriculum is made up of three parts: The overt curriculum which is the curriculum that is planned by the teachers, the hidden curriculum is made up of the children’s experiences which are unplanned and undocumented by the teachers, and the null curriculum includes any programme …show more content…
p.16).

Children’s families and whānau need to have constant communication with teachers and any worries or concerns from other parents about their own child’s learning, development and experience in the centre because of a disabled child need to be answered professionally.

Holistic Development- Kotahitanga principle is “curriculum which reflects the holistic way children learn and grow” (Ministry of Education, p.41). Holistic Development is related to the theories of Jean Piaget (1896-1980) on children’s development through play. Piaget's function play showed how children learnt with their movement, construction play which involves children learning through objects and material in their environment and pretend play where children learn by their own imagination by objects

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