Thursday, 13 April 2017
ERO welcomes the updated early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki released by the Minister of Education today.
Recent ERO national evaluation reports have highlighted effective practice and areas for improvement in the ways in which early learning services design, implement and evaluate their curriculum. The updated Te Whāriki (and associated guidance) reflects many of the aspects of practice ERO has identified as needing strengthening. For example, ERO’s recent report Extending their Language – Expanding their World highlights the need for leaders and teachers to strengthen the focus on oral language. The updated Te Whāriki will support services to give priority to oral language in their local curriculum.
ERO is interested in how early learning services are engaging with the updated Te Whāriki. Later in 2017 we will focus on leaders’ and teachers’ awareness of the updated curriculum, and the ways in which they are using it to improve teaching and learning. This will be the focus for a national evaluation topic.
ERO will also review its approach to evaluating early learning services to align what we do with the updated Te Whāriki. This will include updating our evaluation indicators to ensure these are aligned with the evidence underpinning Te Whāriki and increasing our focus onhow well services are responding to children at risk of poor educational outcomes. Strengthening transitions for children as they move from ECE to school, particularly for this group of children, is critical for their success as confident and competent learners.
The updated Te Whāriki is available here: http://www.education.govt.nz/early-childhood/teaching-and-learning/ece-curriculum/te-whariki/