Early childhood education in the outdoors in Aotearoa New Zealand

  title={Early childhood education in the outdoors in Aotearoa New Zealand},
  author={Sophie Jane Alcock and Jenny Ritchie},
  journal={Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education},
  • S. Alcock, J. Ritchie
  • Published 15 February 2018
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education
Early childhood care and education services in Aotearoa New Zealand drew initially on the Fröbelian model of the kindergarten or ‘children’s garden’. Later models such as the Kōhanga Reo movement, the highly respected curriculum Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa, and the Enviroschools programme are grounded in te ao Māori, Māori worldviews, that feature a strong connectedness to place, and a deep sense of a spiritual inter-relationship with the land, mountains, rivers… 
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