Te Whāriki Curriculum Workshops


Implementation of the updated Te Whāriki

He purapura i ruia mai i Rangiātea e kore e ngaro

A seed sown in Rangiātea will never be lost.

CORE Education is excited to be working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to support the implementation of Te Whāriki - He Whāriki Mātauranga mō ngā Mokopuna o Aotearoa Early Childhood Curriculum (2017). There will be a range of opportunities for early learning kaiako, teachers and educators to participate, lead and champion Te Whāriki (2017). Regular communications and updates about the programme of work will be provided through a range of media including Te Kete Ipurangi Te Whāriki and Ministry publications.

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Curriculum Champions | Ngā kaiāki marautanga
Pedagogical Leads | Ngā kaiārahi pūtoi ako
Early Childhood Networks | Ngā Kōtui Ako o Te Whāriki criteria
Workshops | Ngā Awheawhe
Webinars | Ngā Kauhaurangi
Communities of Practice | Kāhui Ako
Te Whāriki Workshop Schedule

Opportunities for early years’ educators to become involved in roles leading this work include:

Curriculum Champions | Ngā kaiāki marautanga

The appointment of 24 Curriculum Champions across New Zealand will be integral to delivering support for the updated Te Whāriki. Curriculum Champions will develop virtual and local networks of pedagogical leaders. Pedagogical leaders will be guided to undertake curriculum inquiries in their services and work with other teachers, educators and kaiako within a community of professional practice. Curriculum champions will have opportunities to engage with their local Community of Learning | Kahui Ako.

Information about these roles will be will be shared as part of the workshop registration process.

Pedagogical Leads | Ngā kaiārahi pūtoi ako

CORE Education is asking for expressions of interest from services who would like to be involved in a local network for the implementation of Te Whāriki 2017. Your service will need to identify a Pedagogical Lead who will be supported by a Curriculum Champion to undertake a curriculum inquiry in your own service.

Each network will have between 10-15 Pedagogical Leads that have the opportunity to meet face to face and online to strengthen their knowledge of Te Whāriki 2017 in action. As a service, you will benefit from:

  • Direct involvement and engagement in the national implementation of Te Whāriki (2017)
  • Building leadership capability
  • Deepen curriculum understandings 
  • Strengthen practice to improve outcomes for all children
  • Participate in critical inquiry

As a Pedagogical Lead, you receive:

  • Monthly coaching and mentoring from a Curriculum Champion
  • Support to lead a critical inquiry into the implementation of Te Whāriki (2017)
  • Guidance in leading internal evaluation
  • Blended (face to face and online) opportunities to grow your professional networks 
  • Four hui with other Pedagogical Leads over the year

This is a Ministry of Education funded professional learning opportunity. There will be up to two days of release time available for each pedagogical lead per year to dedicate time for documenting their inquiries. ELS would need to invoice CORE directly.

If you are interested in and committed to participating in this year long programme please submit an expression of interest by filling out this form:

Pedagogical Lead Expression of Interest Form

Curriculum Champions will be in touch at the beginning of term 3 from 24th July to respond to these expressions of interest and to establish localised Communities of Practice.

CORE Education are working on behalf of the Ministry of Education to support the implementation of Te Whāriki: He Whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa (2017)

Early Childhood Networks/Ngā Kōtui Ako o Te Whāriki criteria

Early childhood services who want to participate in an Early Childhood Network for the implementation support for Te Whāriki: He Whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa (2017) and who meet the following criteria are invited to submit an expression of interest.

The criteria for selection:

In the first instance, this will be based on the following:

  • The service has the capability and capacity to participate in a curriculum inquiry and Early Childhood Network: 
    1. Well placed to provide quality outcomes for children (most recent Education Review Office evaluation)
    2. Have sustainable practices, systems and staff
    3. Strong pedagogical leadership 
    4. Effective systems for internal evaluation
  • The Pedagogical Lead is a nominated kaiako within the service who can lead curriculum inquiry, fully commit to and participate in a Community of Practice. They will have:
    1. A teaching qualification or other relevant ECE qualification 
    2. Full certification (if kindergarten, education and care service and homebased)
    3. Knowledge and understanding of curriculum and Te Whāriki
    4. Good understanding of internal evaluation
    5. Ability to undertake and document an inquiry 
    6. Confidence in using online platforms for engagement/collaboration

Process of selection

All services who meet these criteria are invited to submit an expression of interest. Curriculum Champions will respond to expressions of interest from 24th July 2017 and make individual contact with services. Each network will operate as a face-to-face and online community of practice. CORE Education will work on behalf of the Ministry of Education to ensure equitable opportunities and diverse representation of the sector.

Pedagogical Lead Expression of Interest Form

Opportunities for educators across the early years’ sector to participate in professional learning include:

Workshops | Ngā Awheawhe

There will be 28 workshops nationwide which will provide teachers, educators and kaiako opportunities to engage with the updated Te Whāriki. Participants will develop their knowledge and understanding of Te Whāriki (2017) and take away tools to explore further in their settings. These workshops will be available across the ten Ministry of Education regions and registrations are open now. Five of these workshops will be streamed live for anyone to join in across the country.

Webinars | Ngā Kauhaurangi

An initial webinar will introduce teachers, educators and kaiako to key messages regarding the update to Te Whāriki. Further webinars will support key areas of focus identified from feedback from workshop participants. Webinars will be offered multiple times to allow for participants to have choice in the sessions they attend. Webinars will be recorded providing rich resources that participants and services can revisit and use to support discussions with their communities and whānau.

Communities of Practice | Kāhui Ako

Throughout the programme communities of practice will be established to connect teachers, educators and kaiako, curriculum champions and pedagogical leads. These will provide a platform for collective learning and include opportunities for participants to share their practice and build their kete of strategies and resources for implementing the updated Te Whāriki.


For further information or to book a workshop please contact our administration team on - admin@core-ed.ac.nz

Te Whāriki Workshop Schedule

Region City / town Date Registration
 Tai Tokerau  Whangarei  Wednesday 21 June 6-9pm  Register
   Kaitaia  Thursday 22 June 6-9pm  Register
 Auckland  Central  Monday 26 June 1.30-4.30pm*  Register
   North Shore  Tuesday 27 June 6-9pm  Register
   South  Wednesday 28 June 6-9pm  Register
   East  Tuesday 27 June 1-4pm  Register
   West  Wednesday 28 June 1-4pm*  Register
 Waikato  Hamilton  Monday 19 June 6-9pm  Register
   Thames  Tuesday 20 June 6-9pm  Register
 Bay of Plenty/ Waiariki  Rotorua  Monday 3 July 1.30-4.30pm  Register
   Whakatane  Tuesday 4 July 9.30am-12.30pm  Register
   Tauranga  Tuesday 4 July 6-9pm  Register
 Taranaki/ Manawatu/ Whanganui  New Plymouth  Monday 19 June 6-9pm  Register
   Whanganui  Tuesday 20 June 6-9pm  Register
   Palmerston North  Monday 12 June 6-9pm  Register
 Hawkes Bay/ Tairāwhiti  Gisborne  Wednesday 21 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
   Napier  Thursday 22 June 6-9pm  Register
 Wellington  Hutt Valley  Thursday 15 June 1.30-4.30pm*  Register
   Wellington Central  Wednesday 14 June 6-9pm  Register
   Kapiti  Tuesday 13 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
 Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast  Nelson  Wednesday 7 June 6-9pm  Register
   Blenheim  Tuesday 6 June 6-9pm  Register
   West Coast  Thursday 8 June 6-9pm  Register
 Canterbury  Christchurch  Wednesday 31 May 6-9pm*  Register
   North Canterbury  Tuesday 30 May 1.30-4.30pm  Register
   South Canterbury  Monday 29 May 6-9pm  Register
 Otago / Southland  Central Otago  Friday 26 May 1.30-4.30pm  Register
   Dunedin  Saturday 27 May 1.30-4.30pm*  Register
   Invercargill Thursday 25 May 6-9pm  Register

* These workshops are also being live streamed (five workshops in total). Live streaming will be accessible through a link (url) which will be available a week before the scheduled workshop. The link will go live 15 minutes prior to the workshop starting.

Additional Workshops - June 2017

Region City Date Registration
Tai Tokerau Whangarei Thursday 29 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
Auckland North Shore Tuesday 27 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
  South Wednesday 28 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
Waikato Hamilton Monday 19 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
Taranaki/ Manawatu/ Whanganui Whanganui Tuesday 20 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
  Palmerston North Monday 12 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
Hawkes Bay Napier Friday 23 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register
Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast Blenheim Tuesday 6 June 1.30-4.30pm  Register

Additional Workshops - July and August 2017

Region City Date Registration
Tai Tokerau Whangarei Tuesday 25 July 6-9pm  Register
Auckland North Shore Thursday 27 July 6-9pm  Register
  South Wednesday 26 July 6-9pm  Register
Waikato Hamilton Tuesday 1 August 6-9pm  Register
Bay Of Plenty / Rotorua / Taupō Tauranga Wednesday 2 August 6-9pm  Register
Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatū Palmerston North Wednesday 9 August 6-9pm  Register
Wellington Wellington Central Tuesday 8 August 6-9pm  Register
Canterbury West Coast Wednesday 16 August 6-9pm  Register
  Christchurch Wednesday 23 August 6-9pm  Register
Otago / Southland Dunedin Thursday 24 August 6-9pm  Register

Replacement of live streaming with online video

The Ministry of Education has received feedback that the live stream of the professional development workshops has not been as effective as intended. As a result, live streams have been cancelled and will be replaced with video recordings tailored to an online audience. The videos will be made available after this round of workshops.

Te Whāriki Curriculum Information Pack

Te Whariki curriculum doc Te Whariki a te Kohanga Reo Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum  Iona letter English  Iona Letter Maori 
Te Whāriki curriculum doc Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo

Te Whāriki Early Childhood

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MoE letter Te Whāriki


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Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo
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