For kaiako

Kaiako are the key resource in any ECE service. Their primary responsibility is to facilitate children’s learning and development through thoughtful and intentional pedagogy. Kaiako need to engage in ongoing professional inquiry and learning that is founded on supporting children's learning.

The resources in this section support kaiako self-reflection, professional learning and development, and networking.

Te Whāriki workshops

From May 2017, professional learning and development opportunities are available so that you can find out about the updated Te Whāriki and can begin to think about how you can strengthen the learning opportunities available for the children in your centre. We expect that you will be able to access a workshop near you, and/or attend webinars, and form local networks with curriculum champions.

For more information, see Professional learning and development.


Further resources

Education Review Office – Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

The Education Review Office (ERO) reviews and evaluates the education and care of learners in a range of early childhood services and schools. They also research and publish a range of national reports on specific educational topics, which can support ECE settings in their internal evaluation (self-review).

Incredible Years for Teachers (IYT)

The Incredible Years Teacher Programme provides kaiako with approaches to creating positive learning environments for children. The programme is for kaiako of children aged 3–8 years. The programme covers: building positive relationships with children; proactively preventing behaviour concerns; using attention, encouragement, and praise to improve behaviour; motivating children; helping children learn social competence, empathy, and problem-solving; using appropriate consequences for undesirable behaviour.


Read Te Whāriki online
Read Te Whāriki online

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa | Early childhood curriculum is the national curriculum document for early childhood education (ECE).

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This site is designed for you as you work with our tamariki. We will be adding more support resources and information. We would appreciate your feedback with any suggestions or ideas for further content.

Please email us at Early.Learning@education.govt.nz