Kāhui Ako

Overview of Programme

Kāhui Ako is a group of education services and training providers that form around children and young people’s learning pathways, and work together to help them achieve their potential. This programme supports early learning services to play an active role in local Kāhui Ako, identifying and working towards achievement objectives that are relevant to the learning community and that supports enhanced outcomes for children and whānau. 

Key Outcomes

Supporting and strengthening early learning practice through the provision of Professional Learning and Development (PLD) is the key objective of Kāhui Ako through Tātai Angitu to:

1. Supporting kaiako to improve their teaching practice so that they can confidently:
● implement local curriculum;
● facilitate supportive transitions for learners;
● provide pedagogical leadership;
● strengthen the delivery of Te Whāriki through ongoing internal evaluation practices.

2. Supporting each service to improve kaiako teaching practice in relation to the licensing criteria, specifically:
C1: The service curriculum is consistent with any prescribed curriculum framework that applies to the
C2: The service curriculum is informed by assessment, planning and evaluation (documented and
undocumented) that demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning, their interests, whānau and
life contexts.
C4: The practices of adults providing education and care demonstrate an understanding of children’s
learning and development and knowledge of relevant theories and practice in early childhood education.
C5: The service curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.
Children are given the opportunity to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages
of both parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
C6: The service curriculum respects and supports the right of each child to be confident in their own
culture and encourages children to understand and respect other cultures.
C7: The service curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children as confident and competent learners.
Children’s preferences are respected and they are involved in decisions about their learning experiences.
GMA6: An ongoing process of self-review helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its
education and care.

Delivery modes

The delivery of this programme reflects a blended model which includes in-service individual visits and cluster hui.   In being reflexive, our delivery model can be fully online to meet the needs of our communities. There is an online platform used to share and collaborate across sectors and within each service. 

Shift in practice as a result

Linking Te Whāriki through all mahi invites reflective discussion for local curricula.