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Exploring new approaches to pathways from early childhood education to school

Sally Peters

Aotearoa New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki includes the explanation that “A weaver weaves in new strands of harakeke or pandanus as their whāriki expands…” (Ministry of Education, 2017, inside cover). The joining of new material to the whāriki symbolises new learning. This metaphor of a continued weaving offers a particular approach to understanding learning pathways as children transition to school. This article discusses transition in the light of this metaphor and explores the links between Te Whāriki and The New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007). Drawing on initial work by teachers it reflects on the possibilities of new strategies and practices to enhance the transition experiences of children and families.

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