Te Ara Kōhungahunga | Early Childhood
Te Ara Kōhungahunga (Early Childhood) Te Kura offers a free, individualised programme for ākonga (learners) aged two to six years old.
Kaiako (teachers) work in partnership with you and your whānau to create individual programmes of learning for ākonga, using the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki– He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa, and our local curriculum Te Ara Pounamu. All our kaiako are trained and registered.
Whakawhanaungatanga (Collaboration and Connection)
We are here to support and extend your ākonga interests and areas of inquiry. Through regular feedback and examples of learning between whānau, ākonga and kaiako, we are able to support ākonga learning, enhancing the effectiveness of the programme.
As well as delivery being online, ākonga may be sent additional resources to support their learning,interests and specific needs. Whānau and ākonga are also able to join our Te Kura library.
Events are also hosted throughout the country, offering ākonga an opportunity to meet with kaiako and other whānau on the programme./p>
Online learning resources are available through My Te Kura and Storypark, our interactive online learning environments. You’ll get an automated email to let you know when your tamariki has been enrolled.
You will be provided with access to these resources through a unique username and password.
Te Ara Kōhungahunga is available to tamariki between 2-6 years old who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and meet one of the following criteria:
- Isolation/Distance – six kilometres from nearest licensed Early Childhood Centre
- Itinerant - Travelling for more than 6 months of the year
- High health needs and/or special developmental needs
- Special circumstances
- Ministry of Education referral
For more details click here.
To find out whether you or your child are eligible to study at Te Kura, read the Ministry of Education’s enrolment policy and our FAQ or talk to one of our advisors in the Student and Whānau Support team at 0800 65 99 88 (select option 1)
Online Technology - Laptop and internet assistance
To support online learning:
- You may be eligible for assistance with a device and internet access. For more information see the click here.
- You are also able to download Microsoft Office free of charge.
- We recommend using Google Chrome internet browser to navigate our learning environments.
Kaiako are contactable via phone 0800 659 988, ask to be put through to Te Ara Kōhungahunga - Early Childhood or Whānau Support.