Ruahine Kindergartens

Te Whāriki

Kindergarten learning is child initiated, supported by the teacher. The Ministry of Education’s curriculum, Te Whāriki, underpins a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities. This early childhood curriculum has been specifically designed for children from the time of birth to school entry, providing direct links to learning in school settings.

Te Whāriki is founded on the following aspirations for children:

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.

The woven mat of Te Whāriki has four principles and five curriculum strands that weave a programme of learning for children. Learning outcomes have been developed for each goal in each of the strands, forming an integrated foundation for every child’s development.

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