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Culturally responsive pedagogy in ECE

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Culturally responsive pedagogy in ECE

An overview of the research on culturally responsive pedagogy in early childhood settings.

Principles for culturally responsive teaching in early childhood education

A closer look at the key principles underlying culturally responsive teaching in early childhood settings

How to support Māori children with culturally responsive teaching

Strategies for effectively supporting Maori children and whanau as Maori in early childhood settings.

How to avoid a tokenistic or ‘tourism’ approach to diversity

How to ensure that your approach to culturally responsive practice is genuine rather than tokenistic.

How to support recently immigrated children and families with culturally responsive practice

Strategies specifically designed to help you work with children and families who are recent immigrants to New Zealand.

How to use a superdiversity approach to work with migrant families in early childhood care and education settings

Understanding superdiversity and what it means in early childhood settings

Understanding the families you work with: Reflective questions to uncover cultural differences

A set of useful questions to help you notice and understand the beliefs, values and practices of diverse families.

Māori and Pasifika cultural perspectives on infant-toddler care

An introduction to the importance of culture, identity and belonging in infant and toddler pedagogy.


Autism and culturally responsive practice


Promoting gender inclusiveness in early childhood settings


Bilingualism in early childhood settings

Associate Professor Mere Skerrett from Victoria University of Wellington shares insights into her work on bilingualism and language development in early childhood settings

Samoan indigenous philosophy and practice in ECE

Insights from the second stage of the TLRI (Teaching and Learning Research Initiative) study that aims to develop New Zealand’s first Samoan Indigenous framework for Samoan infant and toddler pedagogy

Mana and kaitiakitanga in ECE

Dr Lesley Rameka explores how mana can be promoted through kaitiakitanga or active guardianship, as one way of meeting the practice expectations outlined in Te Whāriki

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Supporting children to become bilingual in Aotearoa New Zealand

Key insights from our webinar on bilingualism with Associate Professor Mere Skerrett.

Exploring Samoan epistemology and pedagogy for culturally responsive practice with infants and toddlers

Key insights from our second webinar with Jacoba Matapo, Salā Faasaulala Tagoilelagi-Leota, and Tafili Utumapu-McBride.

Drawing on Samoan indigenous knowledge to support pedagogies for infants and toddlers

Key insights from our webinar with Jacoba Matopo, Salā Faasaulala Tagoilelagi-Leota, and Tafili Utumapu-McBride

Mana-inspired leadership for bicultural teaching and learning in ECE

Key insights from ECE leader Deanna Niha on bicultural practice and leadership

Integrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi with the superdiversity of ECE in Aotearoa New Zealand

Key insights from the webinar with Jenny Ritchie and Angel Chan on supporting and working with families from a range of cultural backgrounds in early childhood settings



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