Introduction to Te Whāriki (2017)
Find whakataukī, learning outcomes, and kaiako cards as well as videos used during professional development workshops offered throughout Aotearoa from May to August 2017.
Te Whāriki (2017) an introduction
- Part 1: Introducing Te Whāriki (2017) (15 minutes)
- Part 2: A Guide to Te Whāriki (2017), a closer look at the revised curriculum (17 minutes)
- Part 3: Five key areas to strengthen (2 minutes)
- Part 4: Workshop using learning outcomes cards (2 minutes)
- Part 5: Where to from here? (3 minutes)
Te Whāriki workshop materials
The whakataukī cards have been designed to support kaiako conversations and reflections on their practice. The provocations give insights into te Ao Māori and help support the implementation of Te Whāriki.
This set contains a card for seven whakataukī, with accompanying explanations and questions in English:
Learning outcomes cards
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.
This set contains a card for each of the 20 learning outcomes:
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?
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.
This set of 15 cards is designed for use by kaiako:
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 for kaiako and learning outcomes cards
- 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.
To order a set of Ministry printed learning outcome cards or kaiako cards, visit: Down the back of the chair.