We’re going to “Mana Atua Health & Wellbeing: the Heart of the Early Childhood Curriculum”. See you there?

The 2016 Government budget highlighted a continued commitment to participation in early childhood education. Increasing participation has significant implications for quality in the early childhood sector in terms of capacity to provide education and care for the children, whānau and communities of Aotearoa New Zealand. The health and wellbeing of children in early childhood education is a critical element of quality that requires an inclusive and shared whole-community approach.

The year 2016 is also the year in which the early childhood education sector celebrates 20 years of the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. The curriculum document provides a strong emphasis on the interconnection of health, wellbeing, care and education. The shared national commitment for children “to grow up as confident, competent learners and communicators, health in mind, body and spirit…”, provides a framework for weaving health and education research and practice for the benefit of early childhood centre communities.

In recognition of the complex and shared task for health and education, this two day hui invites parents, teachers, researchers, policy makers and community groups to:

  • Share and discuss multidisciplinary health and wellbeing research findings for early childhood education
  • Identify health and wellbeing practises that work with the early childhood education curriculum.
  • Promote policy directions that support healthy child development through quality early childhood education.

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