One challenge posed by the development of Te Whāriki is to ensure that assessment and evaluation processes associated with its implementation are in the interests of children and their families. The approach we developed and trialled is closely connected to the strands of Te Whāriki, and starts with the “child’s questions”—one for each strand. In their simplified form, the questions are: Do you know me? (Belonging); Can I trust you? (Well-being); Do you let me fly? (Exploration); Do you hear me? (Communication); Is this place fair for us?
A learning story is a documented account of a child's learning event. These stories are structured around five key behaviours: taking an interest, being involved, persisting with difficulty, expressing a point of view or a feeling, and taking responsibility. A teaching story, on the other hand, is about evaluating practice.