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Relationship with local museum can enrich children's learning

Front entrance of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand.

A research paper looking at an early childhood setting close to Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand noted how other early childhood services could make use of their local museums.

They also noted that even very small settlements around the country will often have a local museum.

Developing a relationship with a local museum, offers opportunities to enrich children’s learning about local history from multiple perspectives and encourages a deeper understanding of the history and partnership brought by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

It can also provide connections to the physical landscape.


Clarkin-Phillips, J., Paki, V., Fruean, L., Armstrong, G., & Crowe, N. (2012). Exploring te ao Māori: The role of museums. Early Childhood Folio, 16(1), 10–14.

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