PLAY IS THE WAY

In the spirit of Te Whariki (Ministry of Education 1996) being a Toy Library Member in Aotearoa embraces and promotes the strands and principles of the Early Childhood Education document. 
 
The founding aspiration of Te Whariki for tamariki/our children is to develop as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society. 
 
Strands and Principles: as they relate to being Toy Library member Whanau;
 
Mana Atua – Well-being
Understanding how to keep oneself safe and well.  It is more often, pleasurable to play, with a low risk of failure and emphasis on process, not product. 
 
Mana Whenua - Belonging
Understanding the toy library operations and childs place in it.
 
Mana Tangata – Contribution 
 Understanding ways to work with others playing with TL toys, a consolidating start to contributing to saving our planet by decreasing landfill.
 
Mana Reo – Communication
 Understanding, expressing oneself through language by talking to librarian, other families at session. Words, music, dance, numbers and ideas. Possibility of encountering different points of view. 
 
Mana Aoturoa- Exploration
 Understanding and making sense of one's world. Play is self chosen by choosing own toys to loan. Child may reflect, on alternative ways of obtaining toys to play. 
 
Kotahitanga – Holistic development 
 Play with TL toys encourages children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional well-being. 
 
Whakamana – Empowerment 
 Experiences at the TL enrich a child's life providing knowledge, skills and dispositions they need to tackle new challenges.
 
Nga Hononga – relationships  
 Understanding connections across time and place, that relationships can be made through different community networks. 
 
Whanau Tangata – family and relationships 
 Opportunity to establish new friendships by belonging to TL. 
 
This is gold star play for vivacious volunteers like yourself, to understand that, supporting the local Toy Library maintains sustainability for Ministry of Education standards, so that your library holistically supports, enhances and enables 
Early Childhood Education in an enriching form. Yet another valid message to share when promoting by word of mouth. 

Read more at:

http://www.education.govt.nz/early-childhood/teaching-and-learning/ece-curriculum/te-whariki/
http://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Early-Childhood/te-whariki.pdf
https://www.myece.org.nz/educational-curriculum-aspects/106-te-whariki-curriculum