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About the consultation

The Ministry of Education is consulting on expanding the legal curriculum framework for early learning by including the goals and learning outcomes of Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum (Te Whāriki)

In 2008 the principles and strands of Te Whāriki were ‘gazetted.’ This means they became part of the legal curriculum framework for licensed early childhood services and certified playgroups through publication in the New Zealand Gazette.

Making the goals and learning outcomes of Te Whāriki part of the legal curriculum framework for licensed early childhood services and certified playgroups would support quality of curriculum implementation across the early learning sector.

Public consultation is now open, and we look forward to hearing your views and feedback. 

Read more about Gazetting Te Whāriki

Public online hui 

We will be holding four public online hui in July and August to discuss this proposal with you and to answer your questions. For more details and to register, go to 

Hui for ECE services – Tues., 19 July and 27 July, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hui for Māori medium ECE services – Wed., 3 August, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fono for Pacific ECE services – Wed., 10 August, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The proposal

We are consulting on the following proposal to:

  • expand the legal curriculum framework to include the goals and learning outcomes of Te Whāriki; and
  • include a te ao Māori interpretation of the goals and learning outcomes of Te Whāriki in the legal curriculum framework.

This change will mean licensed early childhood education services and certified playgroups (except ngā kōhanga reo) need to use the four parts of Te Whāriki (principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes) when designing and implementing their programmes to meet regulated standards.

The draft te ao Māori (‘Māori worldview’) interpretation of the full framework of Te Whāriki has been developed in response to feedback from Māori medium early childhood services. It would be included in the legal curriculum framework for any early childhood education service or playgroup that wishes to use it.

Consultation document

More information about this proposal can be found in the consultation document, which also includes the Draft Early Childhood Curriculum Framework replacement notice as an annex.

Summaries of the consultation document

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document – English

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document – te reo Māori

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document – Samoan

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document – Tongan

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document – Cook Islands Māori

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document – Niuean

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document - Tokelauan

Gazetting Te Whāriki Summary Document – Fijian

Survey

Have your say by completing the survey in either English or te reo Māori below:

Start the survey in English

Start the survey in te reo Māori

Consultation closes on 19 August 2022.

Contact us

If you have any questions or suggestions about gazetting Te Whāriki, you are welcome to email Gazetting.TeWhariki@education.govt.nz.