Unwrapping Te Whāriki for ECE Educators

Understanding & Applying the Early Childhood Curriculum Document to Everyday Practice

This 8-week online course is designed for educators working with young children who want to gain a deeper understanding & practical knowledge of Te Whāriki as it applies to practice.

Suitable for Centre-based or Home-Based educators whether you are new to ECE teaching, relieving, working in home-based education, mentoring student teachers, or looking for a curriculum refresher course, it is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to be able to teach with confidence.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to apply the principles and strands of Te Whāriki to your daily practice
  • Explore the role of the Teacher/Educator/Kaiako in young children's learning
  • Consider the various philosophies and theories underpinning Te Whāriki
  • How to use sound pedagogical approaches when planning for children’s learning through play
  • How to integrate Te Whāriki alongside other curriculum approaches and philosophies
  • How to create environments that promote and extend children's learning
  • How to approach weave curriculum, planning and assessment in your daily practice
  • Gain knowledge, skills and confidence in your own abilities to teach young children


Please note: This course is designed for teachers, educators, kaiako, mentor teachers, centre leaders working within a New Zealand context. Course content makes references to NZ curriculum documents and requirements from other relevant NZ governmental and legislative bodies within the education sector.

What can I expect inside?

  • Audio-visual Presentations
  • Powerpoint Notes and Handouts
  • Digital Resources, Worksheets, Workbook
  • Certificate of Completion (Evidence of Professional Development)
  • Members Only Access to Community of Practice Discussion Forum


Your Instructor


Gaynor Clarke
Gaynor Clarke

Kia ora! My name is Gaynor Clarke.

Through ReachED, I facilitate professional development on a range of topics related to early childhood education, teaching and leadership practice, and teacher well-being through mentoring, workshops and online courses.

I am a qualified, fully registered teacher and adult educator. My experience in this field includes: teaching on Initial Teacher Education degree programmes specialising in Early Childhood Education at various tertiary providers in New Zealand; facilitating leadership development for early childhood teachers through mentoring and workshops; collaborating on a project to develop and deliver the ‘5 out of 5 Leadership Series’ of workshops, building on Ministry of Education resources developed by the Continuity of Early Learning work stream; delivering professional development outcomes for the Ministry of Education as a contractor and sub-contractor i.e. facilitating mentoring, workshops and providing advice, guidance & support for a range of early childhood education services such as: centres re-licensing from the 1998 to the 2008 licence; strengthening early learning opportunities (SELO) for children, families, whānau and communities through teaching; and implementing Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum.

My Bachelor in Education specialized in Early Childhood Teaching, and I focused on Adult Education and Adult Learners for my post-degree studies i.e. Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Leadership development within the early childhood education sector has been an area of professional interest for many years, and this led me to gain a Masters in Educational Leadership (Distinction) at AUT University and a Certificate of Proficiency in Teacher Mentoring at the University of Auckland. My interest in Teacher Wellbeing led me to become registered as a coach through ANZCAL (Australia-New Zealand Coaching Alliance).

Academic journal publications include:

  • Clarke, Gaynor Anne. (2009). ‘An essay on leadership, especially through South African and New Zealand cultural lenses’, International Journal of Leadership in Education,12:2,209 — 216
  • Clarke, G., & Broadley, M. (2017) What do quality outcomes for infants and toddlers have to do with effective leadership?, First Years Journal, 10:1, 25-30

Research assistant in a research project led by Joce Nuttall in the following publication:

  • Ord, K., Mane, J., Smorti, S., Carroll-Lind, J., Robinson, L., Armstrong Read, A., Brown-Cooper, P., Meredith, E., Rickard, D., & Jalal, J. (2013). Te whakapakari kaiārahi āhuatanga ako kōhungahunga: Developing pedagogical leadership in early childhood education. Wellington: Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa//NZ Childcare Association.





Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts 2 November 2022 and runs for 8 weeks.
How long do I have access to the course?
Effective from the course start date, you have 6 months access to this stand-alone course or 12 months access with the Annual Membership Plan.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days from date of sale and we will give you a full refund.

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