Making Te Whāriki Visible


This programme supports early learning services to understand how Te Whāriki can support tamariki to achieve learning progress, through intentional teaching, engaged in development of local curriculum and guided by the principles and strands of our Te Whāriki curriculum.  Our programme provides participants with opportunities to engage in a collaborative way, unpacking key areas for improvement and reflecting on leadership and practice to support children’s learning and development through thoughtful and intentional pedagogy.  

Key outcomes

  • Increase community-based relationships.   
  • Review and design their local curriculum. 
  • Deepen an understanding of intentional teaching.   
  • Strengthen assessment and planning practice.  
  • Link to their current internal evaluation. 

Delivery mode

Making Te Whāriki Visible is delivered ONLINE through individual online workshops and group online cluster hui.  There is an online platform supported by two Kaitakawaenga, to share ideas and resources, and to collaborate within and across each service, providing multiple points of engagement throughout the duration of the programme.  Participants in the programme will use a collaborative inquiry approach to transform and sustain valued changes to their practice that applies context specific approaches to address their goals.  Our delivery incorporates a collective inquiry process to engage kaiako professional knowledge and practice, while extending their thinking and actions to making Te Whāriki visible.

Shift in practice as a result

  • Strengthening links between Te Whāriki and intentional teaching practice highlighting learning that is valued to support a reviewed local curriculum – “It’s your service, your curriculum”. 
  • A strong focus on relationships  that are known to support children’s learning and whānau aspirations.
  • Kaiako learning from other kaiako, in their own and other centres.
  • Development of innovative and creative teaching and learning practices to Make Te Whāriki Visible in the environment.
  • A deepening understanding of assessment, planning and internal evaluation.
  • An appreciation for Te Whāriki as a bicultural document which enables partnership through Te Titiri o Waitangi.
  • An increase in reflective practice focusing in on intentional learning outcomes for tamariki.

Teacher/kaiako voice

“Kia ora whaea.  Just wanted to thank you both for our cluster hui and individual support hui.  We have learnt so much from these wānanga to improve our teaching and to support our tamariki and whānau.  My staff are starting to think and articulate who we are and how we make a difference.   As the team leader, the mahi in this PD will also be important for our next ERO visit this year” – He mihi nui ki a kōrua”.

‘Learning Lei’ – reflections from kaiako at
Southern Cross Preschool, Auckland