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Consultation begins on early childhood curriculum


Education Minister Hekia Parata is inviting teachers, parents and anyone with an interest in the early learning sector to help refresh its curriculum framework for the future.

“Te Whāriki has long been recognised as world leading and continues to be an important tool for delivering quality early learning for our youngest New Zealanders,” says Ms Parata.

“However it is now 20 years old. I want to ensure the curriculum remains relevant and robust for our children in years to come, so it is time for an update.

“The aspirations and vision for learning will not change in this update. Rather the curriculum will simply better reflect today’s New Zealand, developments in education and make stronger links to school, kura Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.”

The consultation will also focus on clarified and condensed learning outcomes on ways to make the document easier to use, a refreshed ‘look and feel’.

The consultation runs from 4 November to 16 December and includes hui around the country, meetings with key sector groups and an online survey.

The consultation document and other information is available at www.education.govt.nz/te-whariki-consultation/