Te Whariki - Early Childhood Curriculum
Underpinning our education program at Kingdom Kidz is the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum – Te Whariki meaning woven mat.
Te Whariki weaves the principles, strands and goals to provide for both the care and education of children.
The primary aim of Te Whariki is to…
“to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging, and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”
(Te Whāriki, Early Childhood Curriculum, Ministry of Education, 1996)
We use the strands of Te Whariki to underpin our program and teaching approach at Kingdom Kidz:
Strand 1: Well-being – Mana Atua
The health and well-being of the child are protected and nurtured.
Strand 2: Belonging – Mana Whenua
Children and their families feel a sense of belonging.
Strand 3: Contribution – Mana Tangata
Opportunities for learning are equitable, and each child’s contribution is valued.
Strand 4: Communication – Mana Reo
The languages and symbols of their own and other cultures are promoted and protected.
Strand 5: Exploration – Mana Aotūroa
The child learns through active exploration of the environment.
(Te Whāriki, Early Childhood Curriculum, Ministry of Education, 1996).