In the sections below you’ll find links to the documentation you will need before, during and after your review for most early childhood services (except the types listed below).
These documents include the:
Ngā kōhanga reo use different documentation for ERO reviews than other types of early childhood service. You'll find the documentation you need for a kōhanga reo review here.
Home-based services also use different review documentation. You'll find the documentation you need for a home-based education and care service review here.
Hospital-based services also use different review documentation. You'll find the documentation you need for a hospital-based education and care service review here.
ERO’s frameworks for reviews explain the review process in a transparent and easy-to-understand way. The evaluation indicators are used to inform the judgements ERO makes when reviewing. They help early childhood services understand the basis for ERO’s judgements.
In 2013, ERO revised its approach to early childhood service reviews. The review framework and evaluation indicators for most early childhood services (except home-based education and care services, hospital-based education and care services and kōhanga reo) are now included in one document:
ERO is currently refreshing its methodology and indicators for evaluations of early learning services, including where a governing organisation has oversight of individual services.
ERO intends to trial its revised approach during evaluations of a selection of services in 2018. We will provide information to services who may be involved as part of the trial process. It is intended that ERO’s revised approach will be implemented in 2019.
We ask early childhood services to complete and return a self report before their review. This gives you the opportunity to tell us about your context and how you promote positive outcomes for children. The information in the self report will help your ERO review team to take an integrated approach to external review and internal evaluation, and to support ongoing development in your early childhood service.
There are different versions of the self report. Please select the self report that applies to your review:
Early childhood services must download, complete, and return a statistical profile form before their review. The information provided should be as accurate and up-to-date as possible.
Before a review we also ask the governing or managing body of an early childhood service or kōhanga reo to complete a statement and checklist that assures ERO of your compliance with legal obligations and official requirements.
You may also find the assurance statement and checklist useful in your own internal evaluation.
The Education Review Office produces the Handbook of Contractual Obligations and Undertakings for early childhood services. This has been compiled as a reference to the relevant legislation and other legal requirements of early childhood services that exist as at the date of publication.
Volume I of this Handbook, which was based on the 1998 early childhood centres regulations, is superseded by the current Volume II. It is updated regularly.
Below is a letter that you can display and distribute to your staff, parents and whānau that tells them what we, ERO, want to find out during a review and how they can get involved.
We are interested in your experience of the review process. If your early childhood service has recently had a review, please take the time to complete our questionnaire.
If you have any questions about the questionnaire please email firstname.lastname@example.org.