Play Learn Grow early childcare (Kohungahunga ko Tākaro Ako Tipu) is so proud to share te reo Māori and Tikanga Māori in our everyday teachings. We have a number of staff with Māori whakapapa (ancestry) and even one whangai into Māori whanau. Unlike some others, we don’t just talk about it and alter our website a week or two before the Education Review Office is due to come in, to give some light window dressing. We live and breathe te reo Māori and Tikanga Māori and have cultural advisors from Te Wānanga o Aoteoroa to ensure we are continually learning and growing too.
Play Learn Grow are so proud to incorporate the kaupapa (values) into our everyday teachings. We open meetings and close our kaiako (staff) meetings with karakia. Karakia are incantations and the ways that Māori communicated with the gods. This knowledge has been passed down from our ancestors over time.
To help give our children the best start in life, we teach the Ministry of Education’s Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum. This gives all children the best start in life as they are active explorers, angels and future stars that need quality childcare and pre-school education.
One of our staff in David is studying studying Tikanga Māori with Te Wānanga o Aoteoroa (despite this more challenging time with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rāhui (temporary restriction) that has come down from the Government). There were and are numerous kinds of karakia, our favourite are the beautiful childrens’ karakia (karakia tamariki) too. Thanks to Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae and Te Wānanga o Aoteoroa for their assistance in finding this Karakia tamariki for us to share to you.
Karakia tamariki to halt the rain:
E rere te kotare
Ki runga i te puwharawhara
Ruru ai ia o parirau
Kei maku o kuao i te ua
Mao, mao te ua
Fly o kingfisher
On to the bunch of astelia
And there shake your wings
Lest your young become wet by the rain
Cease, cease the rain.