Te Whāriki

Information and resources about Te Whāriki, the curriculum for early learning.

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  • All Early Learning Services
  • Service Managers
  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau

You will need to reflect the principles of Te Whāriki in your early learning service.

Te Whāriki portal

Te Whāriki is supported by a portal on the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website(external link). This website has been designed to provide implementation guidance, practice examples and resources and will be expanded and developed over time. 

Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.

Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands.

The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice.

The strands are five areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners.

Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

Te Whāriki (2017)

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum [PDF, 4.1 MB] Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo [PDF, 4.2 MB]
Download the Te Whāriki parent pamphlet [PDF, 1009 KB] Download the Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo parent pamphlet [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Download the Te Whāriki A2 poster [PDF, 170 KB] Download the Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo A2 poster [PDF, 732 KB]

The updated Te Whāriki better reflects today’s early learning contexts and the learning interests and aspirations of children and their whānau. It includes 2 documents in one: Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum and Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo. The two documents share a common framework while describing alternative curriculum pathways of equal status.

To order additional copies of Te Whāriki, parent pamphlets and posters visit www.thechair.co.nz(external link) or email orders@thechair.minedu.govt.nz if you are not an education provider.

Professional Learning and Development

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculumTe Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo
CORE Education will be working on behalf of the Ministry of Education to support the implementation of the updated Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust will be working directly with Kōhanga Reo to support the implementation of the updated Te Whāriki a Te Kōhanga Reo 
View [DOCX, 18 KB] a description of the range of opportunities that CORE will be providing teachers, educators, and kaiako. Wānanga and mokopuna learning activities for Kōhanga Reo will be available through Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust networks.

Professional Learning and Development Update

Early learning services are no longer able to enrol in the PLD provided by CORE Education due to the limited time available for services to complete the work required. Webinars continue to be offered and services can enrol in these via the Te Whāriki website(external link) .

The Ministry of Education will be continuing to steward Te Whāriki through the Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) contracts. Further information is available on the Ministry website.

Introductory workshop video

Te Whāriki professional development workshops were offered around the country from May to August 2017. The workshop materials and workshop videos are available on Te Whāriki online(external link).

The Te Whāriki webinar series

Kaiako are invited to participate in the Te Whāriki webinar series. CORE Education will be facilitating a series of 10 webinars from August 2017 – June 2018. Each one-hour webinar will explore a different aspect of Te Whāriki. This is intended to support services to weave their own curriculum as they engage in critical inquiry around Te Whāriki.

Visit the professional learning and development page(external link) for more information.

Updated Te Whāriki

The update was carried out by a group of early learning academics and practitioners from a range of different contexts. The original writers of Te Whāriki and Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust assisted with the update. Its clearer focus on what matters most will support early learning services determine local priorities and design quality learning programmes with their parents and whānau for the youngest learners. Consultation on the updated Te Whāriki was undertaken in November/December 2016 and the feedback was analysed and incorporated into the final changes to Te Whāriki.

Download the two summaries of the consultation feedback:

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