He Māpuna te Tamaiti

Access He Māpuna te Tamaiti, a resource designed for kaiako in early learning settings. It promotes proactive, intentional approaches to supporting the development of children's social and emotional competence.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Educators, teachers and kaiako
  • Learning support practitioners and managers
  • All early learning services

He Māpuna te Tamaiti is recommended as teaching guides to support all children.

About He Māpuna te Tamaiti

He Māpuna te Tamaiti includes:

  • a book
  • self-paced online modules
  • a set of quick-tip cards to support kaiako in daily practice
  • a self-assessment tool for kaiako to reflect on, evaluate and develop intentional approaches to support the development of children’s social and emotional skills.

He Māpuna te Tamaiti focuses on 4 key areas:

  • creating a supportive environment
  • promoting emotional competence
  • promoting social competence
  • supporting learning and engagement.

It includes a range of practical and flexible strategies including establishing consistent routines, developing care and empathy for others, building resilience, fostering peer friendships and supporting children to manage their learning.  

He Māpuna te Tamaiti has a caring and culturally responsive approach, which is in line with Te Whāriki: He Whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa.

The book comes with a set of cards for use in daily practice and during professional learning conversations.

He Māpuna te Tamaiti – Tāhūrangi(external link)

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