Professional learning and development

Te Whāriki – He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum

Te Whāriki – He whariki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa has recently been updated to better reflect the changes that have occurred in early learning services and wider society.

View the range of opportunities for teachers, educators, and kaiako:

Te Whāriki – Webinars | Ngā Kauhaurangi

Kaiako are invited to participate in the Te Whāriki 2017 webinar series.

  • Webinar 1 – August 2017: The full promise of Te Whāriki
  • Webinar 2 – September 2017: Deciding what matters here

For more information, download the flyer: Te Whāriki – Webinars | Ngā Kauhaurangi

Register for the August webinars using the links below:

For information about what to bring and how to connect to the webinar, download this guide: Te Whāriki webinars – How to guide.

A recording of the August webinar – The full promise of Te Whāriki – will be available in September.

Te Whāriki professional development workshops – ten additional workshops!

Ten additional evening workshops have been organised around the country and are now open for registration.

Replacement of live streaming with online video

The Ministry of Education has received feedback that the live stream of the professional development workshops has not been as effective as intended. For this reason, the two Auckland livestreams have been cancelled, and will be replaced with a video that is tailored to an online audience.

The tailored online video will be available soon.

In the meantime, you can view a recording of the Wellington Hutt Valley workshop: Introductory workshop, Wellington Hutt Valley, 15 June.

Te Whāriki professional development workshop materials

Learning outcomes cards

All of the learning outcomes included in Te Whāriki are important because they set out the capabilities that all children need to develop over time. Services choose how these learning outcomes are unpacked in their services and prioritised for specific groups and individuals over time.

You can use the cards to support shared dialogue about curriculum design. You could discuss questions like the examples below.

  • Why do we prioritise some areas at this time?
  • Do our learning priorities change over time? If so why?
  • How are our agreed priorities reflected in the services guiding documentation? Does it provide adequate direction?
  • How are kaiako supported to enact our agreed priorities?
  • What monitoring occurs to ensure our priorities are strongly evidenced in practice?
  • How do we ensure that children experience the full breadth of the curriculum over time?

Bringing to mind one child in your service, consider:

  • Why are these learning priorities fore-grounded for this child?
  • How are these priorities being supported through this child’s individual learning pathway?
  • When planning for this child how do their parents contribute?
  • How are the identified priorities visible in this child’s assessment information? Is learning and progress evident?
  • What might be next steps for this child?

Identify an area where you might like strengthen your curriculum. As a team discuss:

  • why have you chosen this area?
  • what could be your next steps?
  • what outcomes do you expect to see for children?

Printing instructions

  • Set your printer to duplex (double sided) to produce dual facing, colour co-ordinated cards.
  • We recommend printing on sturdy card for extra durability.
  • Printing quality will vary depending on the quality and function of the printer being used, so for a more professional result, take these files to a local printing bureau.

You can order a printed set of learning outcome cards or kaiako cards

Visit www.thechair.co.nz to order a set of Ministry printed cards.

Please note that orders are limited to two sets per service.

Cards for kaiako

Kaiako are the key resource in any early learning service. Their primary responsibility is to facilitate children’s learning and development through thoughtful and intentional pedagogy. This means they need a wide range of capabilities. The kaiako cards identify a range of capabilities that are needed to effectively support and extend children’s learning. Kaiako and leaders could use these cards individually or together.

These cards can be used to support reflective practice guide ongoing improvement.

  • Kaiako individually reflect on these capabilities and consider their strengths and areas for ongoing development. This information could then be used to inform an appraisal discussion and to inform professional learning and development opportunities.
  • Using these cards leaders could reflect on the kaiako strengths that are evident in individual rooms in the centre. Consider if kaiako expertise is appropriately distributed and maximised across the service.
  • When recruiting kaiako, leaders could use these cards to identify any particular capabilities that are not strong in the team and target these in the recruitment of new appointments.

Printing instructions

  • Set your printer to duplex (double sided) to produce dual facing, colour co-ordinated cards.
  • We recommend printing on sturdy card for extra durability.
  • Printing quality will vary depending on the quality and function of the printer being used, so for a more professional result, take these files to a local printing bureau.

You can order a printed set of learning outcome cards or kaiako cards

Visit www.thechair.co.nz to order a set of Ministry printed cards.

Please note that orders are limited to two sets per service.