Te Whāriki

Te Whāriki is underpinned by a vision of children who are confident learners and communicators, and who are healthy in mind, body and spirit. They are secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.
The ECE curriculum seeks to empower and develop children holistically, helping them to make new links and develop relationships while discovering different ways of seeing the world. Every licensed early childhood education service in New Zealand uses this framework as the basis for their programmes
Te Whāriki has four broad principles:
Empower children to learn and grow.
Reflect the holistic way children learn and grow.
Connecting with family and the community as an integral part of the curriculum.
Learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things.
Strands and Associated Goals
STRAND 1: WELL-BEING – MANA ATUA The health and wellbeing of the child is protected and nurtured.
GOALS: Children have an environment where their health is promoted; their emotional wellbeing is nurtured; and they are kept safe from harm.
STRAND 2: BELONGING – MANA WHENUA Children and their families feel a sense of belonging.
GOALS: Children and their families experience a connection with the wider world that is affirmed and extended; they know they have a place; they feel comfortable with the routines, customs, and regular events; and they know the limits and boundaries of acceptable behaviour.
STRAND 3: CONTRIBUTION – MANA TANGATA Every child has equal opportunities to learn, and every contribution is valued.
GOALS: Children experience equal opportunities, irrespective of gender, ability, age, ethnicity, or background; they are affirmed as individuals; and they are encouraged to learn individually and in social groups.
STRAND 4: COMMUNICATION – MANA REO The languages and symbols of all cultures are protected and promoted.
GOALS: Children are able to develop non-verbal communication skills for a range of purposes; they develop verbal communication skills for a variety of purposes; they experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures; and they discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive.
STRAND 5: EXPLORATION – MANA AOTUROA The child learns through active exploration of the environment.
GOALS: Children’s play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised; they gain in control and confidence of their bodies; they learn strategies for active exploration, thinking, and reasoning; and they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical, and material worlds.