Ngā Pou Here is ERO’s framework for the evaluation of processes and practices in an early childhood service. The overall aim of using Ngā Pou Here is for ERO to evaluate the service’s capacity to promote positive learning outcomes for all children and to sustain a process of ongoing improvement.
Ngā Pou Here explores four key areas:
- Pou Whakahaere – how the service determines its vision, philosophy and direction to ensure positive learning outcomes for children
- Pou Ārahi – how leadership is enacted to enhance positive learning outcomes for children
- Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is designed to achieve positive learning outcomes for children
- Tikanga Whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning are responsive to diversity and support positive learning outcomes for children.
Within each Pou ERO considers the extent to which the service is enacting Haere Kōtui (working in partnership) and using Arotake (evaluative approaches). As connecting elements, Haere Kōtui and Arotake are envisaged as weaving through and connecting each Pou.
ERO’s evaluation indicators in PART 6 clarify the basis on which ERO evaluates early childhood services’ performance within Ngā Pou Here, and also provide a tool to assist early childhood services with self review.
Reviewers use Ngā Pou Here to design and undertake the review according to each early childhood service’s context, while ensuring that the focus remains on the service’s capacity to promote the wellbeing and learning of all children.