Early learning success depends on children knowing where they come from, understanding how they learn, drawing on their interests and respecting their achievements. The cluster review of these immersion and kaupapa Māori early childhood centres highlights what contributes to early learning success. Where tikanga Māori, culture and identity, meaningful and loving relationships, language learning strategies, learning environments and learning expectations are strong, then children will:

  • be confident and happy
  • have a strong sense of their place
  • learn enthusiastically
  • be caring and loving toward others, and
  • be creative and flexible in their thinking as they communicate.

Whānau who are involved, informed and contributing to their child’s education positively influence the learning outcomes of their children. Where whanaungatanga is present and whānau have strong aspirations and expectations for their children, they are excited to be part of the learning journey, knowing that their contributions are valued.

Professionals influenced by kaupapa Māori contribute authentically to positive learning outcomes for Māori children. Three areas that promote successful learning for Māori children in early childhood education are mātauranga Maori, ako in practice and strong professional leadership. Professional leaders influence learning, well being and create a sense of belonging. Kaimahi have a caring and respectful approach when working with their children and talking with whānau. Children and whānau know their roles and responsibilities as tangata whenua.