Return times for centre and home-based early childhood service reviews

ERO decides the timing of the next review based on the outcome of its Education Review of an early childhood service. Subsequent changes in circumstances may lead to a review taking place earlier than indicated.

There are four options for the timing of the next ERO Education Review. The options and associated criteria are detailed below.

The next ERO review in four years

Very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children

ERO will next review the service in four years when it finds that the service is consistently effective in promoting positive learning outcomes for children. High quality performance 1 in relation to ERO’s evaluation indicators for Ngā Pou Here 2 will be evident.

The service will have:

  • systems that promote stability in staffing, leadership and management
  • self review that demonstrates the service is likely to sustain high quality performance.

It is likely that the service will have a positive ERO reporting history (of at least two consecutive ERO reports.)

In addition there will be evidence of all of the following:

  • the curriculum responds very effectively to the interests, strengths and abilities of all children
  • the curriculum is highly responsive to children’s cultures, languages and identities
  • a bicultural curriculum is in place and bicultural practice is highly evident
  • teaching is highly effective in developing children’s confidence and competence as lifelong learners
  • the wellbeing and learning of priority groups (including Māori, Pacific, children with special needs, and children up to the age of two) are actively promoted
  • Māori children are well supported to achieve success as Māori
  • there are well established partnerships with parents/whānau that contribute to positive outcomes for children
  • leadership is highly effective in building the quality of learning and teaching
  • management implements highly effective planning, systems, policies and procedures
  • a shared vision, focused on high quality early childhood education, is evident in practice
  • self review results in continuous improvement

The next ERO review in three years

Well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children

ERO will next review the service in three years when it finds that the service is largely effective in promoting positive learning outcomes for children. Good performance in relation to Ngā Pou Here will be evident.

There will be sound evidence of the following:

  • the curriculum responds to the interests, strengths and abilities of all children
  • the curriculum is responsive to children’s cultures, languages and identities
  • bicultural practice is evident
  • teaching develops children’s confidence and competence as lifelong learners
  • the wellbeing and learning of priority groups (including Māori, Pacific, children with special needs, and children up to the age of two) are promoted
  • Māori children are supported to achieve success as Māori
  • partnerships with parents/whānau are established
  • leadership helps build the quality of learning and teaching
  • management implements planning, systems, policies and procedures
  • a shared vision for the service is in place
  • self review is becoming established and results in improvement

ERO will have confidence that the service has the capacity to address the areas where limited evidence or effectiveness is identified.

The next ERO review within two years

Requires further development to promote positive learning outcomes for children

This option is used when many of the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children are not evident or require significant development. ERO will have some confidence that the service can improve with support.

ERO will review the service within two years when it has material concerns about aspects of the following:

  • provision for children’s learning
  • responsiveness to children’s cultures, languages and identities
  • the quality of teaching
  • the effectiveness of leadership
  • the effectiveness of management
  • the effectiveness of governance
  • the quality of self review

ERO will identify areas where the service does not comply with regulations.

If ERO has concerns about children’s health and safety it will decide whether to return early within the two year period or to determine the next review in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

The next ERO review in consultation with the Ministry of Education

Not well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

This option will be used when a service is not performing adequately, is not meeting legal requirements and does not have the capacity to make improvements without support or Ministry involvement. ERO will not review the service again until the Ministry of Education is satisfied that the service meets licensing requirements.

There will be significant non-compliance with regulations. ERO will have material concerns about most of the following:

  • the provision of a safe environment
  • provision for children’s wellbeing
  • provision for children’s learning
  • the appropriateness of the curriculum
  • the quality of teaching
  • the effectiveness of leadership
  • the effectiveness of management
  • the effectiveness of governance
  • the quality of self review

The service’s ERO reporting history will be considered in guiding this decision.

This return time option will automatically be used where there is a high level of concern about children’s health and safety.