Kei Tua o te Pae

Kei Tua o te Pae/Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars is a best-practice guide that will help teachers continue to improve the quality of their teaching.

The exemplars are a series of books that will help teachers to understand and strengthen children's learning. It also shows how children, parents and whānau can contribute to this assessment and ongoing learning.

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Involving families and whānau in assessment – Te kuhunga mai o ngā whānau

Families and whānau know their children well. They must be included in the mutual feedback loops that contribute to informal and formal assessment in early childhood settings. In the case of infants and toddlers, parents and whānau are often able to fill gaps in the teachers’ understanding or to explain the learning with reference to events and circumstances beyond the early childhood setting. They are able to widen the horizon, to extend the view of the other adults in the child’s life. This book, for instance, features documented assessments of Michael (pages 19 to 21) as he develops a sense of identity at his centre and at home. Through his relationships with the people in those settings, he is able to actively take on multiple roles – a helper, a brother, and a friend. The feedback loop in this case includes Michael’s twelve-year-old sister Roberta, who provides a written assessment of what her eighteen-month-old brother is able to do and is enthusiastic about.

  • 1 “The word ako means to learn as well as to teach. In the Māori world therefore it is an acceptable practice for the learner to shift roles and become the teacher, and for the teacher to become the learner.” (Royal Tangaere, 1997, page 12)