A story of Froebel’s global reach
The early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, has expanded the existing influence of Frederich Froebel in New Zealand's early education through its four principles. They are to empower the child to learn and grow; integrate the wider world of family and community into the curriculum; foster respectful reciprocal relationships for children with people, places and things; and implement a curriculum that reflects the holistic way that children learn. These principles are also found in traditional Maori knowledge. Explanations of the curriculum principles recognise the importance of play. One feature of Daisies' curriculum has been the weekly half-day excursions for eight children (on a roster) to a very large park comprising hills, bush (forest), streams, pools and some mown grass. The children's sense of empowerment is manifested when they lead the way. Holistic learning combining, for example, confidence, leadership, physical skills and stamina, responsibility for others and courage are evident as children learn to assess risk, push boundaries and conquer challenges.