Belonging Mana Whenua

Belonging Mana Whenua

12 June 2018

Strand 2 of Te Whāriki is Belonging Mana Whenua.  Here we look at an overview of what that means.  At Nurtured at Home, our Visiting Teachers work with and alongside Educators to consider what this looks like in practice:



Children experience an environment where:

Over time and with guidance and encouragement, children become increasingly capable of:

Connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended

Making connections between people, places and things in their world : te waihanga hononga

They know that they have a place

Taking part in caring for this place : te manaaki I te taiao

They feel comfortable with the routines, customs and regular events

Understanding how things work here and adapting to change : te mārama kit e āhua o ngā whakahaere me te mōhio kit e panoni

They know the limits and boundaries of acceptable behaviour

Showing respect for kaupapa, rules and the rights of others : te mahi whakaute

All children need to know that they are accepted for who they are and that they can make a difference. Feeling that they belong contributes to their wellbeing and gives them the confidence to try new experiences. Children experience an accessible and inclusive curriculum that offers meaning and purpose.

Transitions into and across settings are thoughtfully planned and recognise what children bring with them; they need to know that their home setting is part of their wider world and inclusive of the parents and whānau. Children are more likely to feel at home if they regularly see their own culture, language and world views valued by a Nanny in their home setting.

Belonging is nurtured through social interaction with kaiako and other children by respecting the achievements and aspirations of each child’s family and community.