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Film celebrates Te Whāriki turning twenty

Wednesday 5 October 2016 4:59pm

Te Whāriki, the first national early childhood curriculum was launched twenty years ago. The teachers union NZEI –TRR celebrated this occasion with the release of a film featuring University of Otago College of Education Professor Helen May, speaking of her experience as a co-writer of Te Whāriki.

The film reunited the original writing team - which included Professor Helen May, Professor Margaret Carr, Emeritus Professor (Sir) Tamati Reedy and Lady Tilly Reedy.

It was released at the recent NZEI conference in Rotorua on the 25-27th September which Professor May attended as an honoured guest.

You can watch the film here

More about Te Whāriki

Te Whāriki was the first bicultural curriculum ever developed in New Zealand - the philosophy behind the curriculum and the age range it covered made it world leading. Te Whāriki is framed around the concept of Mana - empowering children to learn and grow - fostering the dispositions, interests and strengths of young children.

The curriculum has been widely supported by the profession and much applauded internationally as a model of curriculum framed around the aspirations for the nation’s children.

The Ministry of Education is currently updating Te Whāriki.