New He Kupu issue examines the role of whānau in early childhood education
Drawing on the Te Whāriki principle of Family and Community | Whānau Tangata, the anticipated October issue of He Kupu has been released today and explores the important connection between kaiako, tamariki and whānau.
This key underpinning of Te Whāriki acknowledges the many benefits of family and community involvement in the early childhood centre, with the development, wellbeing and sense of belonging of young children directly impacted by kaiako-whānau connection.
Contributors discuss the importance of this inclusive partnership, and share ways in which kaiako can build meaningful connections with whānau, while still respecting the values and circumstances of each family.
NZTC Academic Dean, Dr Sean Dolan, says the latest He Kupu issue encompasses a wide range of early childhood settings, and explores the significant role of parents and the community to the sector.
“Testifying to the responsiveness of the early childhood sector to their communities, many of the articles in this issue provide insight into how kaiako are working in authentic partnerships to develop a deep sense of belonging with children and whānau. They consider good practices that can further consolidate those relationships.”
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