EC701 : Tiriti-based Early Childhood Education

Engaging in bicultural development in the teaching practice can be a dilemma many early childhood centres face when it comes to practice. This course serves as a theoretical and practical guide for you to not only recognise the importance of understanding and accepting the Tiriti-based values of two traditions within the bicultural society of Aotearoa/New Zealand, but also to be able to actively practice te reo and tikanga Māori in early childhood contexts. Through the in depth exploration of tikanga and te ao Māori, this course highlights the responsibility of early childhood teachers to support Māori identity, language and culture and actively promote Māori values and language for children of all ethnicities through everyday teaching and learning.