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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Links to Te Whāriki – Ngā hononga ki Te Whāriki

Te Whāriki situates competence and continuity in place and community:

"Although the patterns of learning and development are sometimes seen as a progressive continuum linked to age, such patterns vary for individual children in ways that are not always predictable."

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What does continuity lead towards? What is beyond the horizon? Te Whāriki states:

"This curriculum is founded on the following aspirations for children: to grow up as 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."

page 9

Book 3 draws on these aspirations in calling on early childhood learning communities to work towards the following outcome:

"The children actively participate, competently and confidently, in both the Māori world and the Pākehā world and are able to move comfortably between the two."

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Many of the children in early childhood settings in the twenty-first century will develop the ability to actively participate in a number of worlds, to speak several different languages, and to participate as citizens of the global community.