NZ’s early childhood education: preparation for life and careers
I’ve just realised how neatly Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s early childhood education curriculum, contributes to student’s career readiness.
This curriculum weaves together goals and strands, within “a framework for providing tamariki/children’s early learning and development within a sociocultural context”.
I worked in early childhood education and we preferred this term to preschool, which sounds as if the only objective is to prepare young children for school. If we’d known about Business New Zealand’s list of the top 10 skills employers look for, we could have made the point so much more clearly.
The five strands of Te Whāriki are:
- Well-being – Mana Atua
- Belonging – Mana Whenua
- Contribution – Mana Tangata
- Communication – Mana Reo
- Exploration – Mana Aotūroa.
These dovetail almost uncannily with the top ten skills employers look for: