Information for governing organisations Te Whāriki (2018)

Information for Governing Organisations[1]

Why are we doing this NET?

New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki was updated in April, 2017. The previous version had been in place for 20 years. Te Whāriki (2017) reflects the changes in theory, practice and early learning contexts that have occurred over the last 20 years (MOE, 2017).

ERO is undertaking a series of evaluations focused on the implementation of Te Whāriki (2017). The second evaluation in the series will include the opportunity for ERO to find out what professional leaders in governing organisations know about how their services (those being reviewed by ERO at this time) are beginning to implement Te Whāriki (2017).

What does ERO want to find out?

ERO is interested in:

  • what you as professional leaders (governing organisation) know about the level of awareness  of Te Whāriki (2017) in your services
  • any professional learning and development you have provided to support service leaders and kaiako to implement Te Whāriki (2017)
  • what steps your services are taking to review and design their local curriculum
  • what steps your services are taking to identify what learning matters and is valued in their service
  • how your services are working with Te Whāriki (2017) to support Māori children to experience educational success as Māori
  • any perceived barriers and challenges faced by your services as they begin to implement Te Whāriki (2017).

When are we doing this NET?

This second phase will be undertaken in Term 1, 2018 (February-April).

Which services are included?

This NET will be undertaken in all ERO reviews of licensed early learning services.[2] 

What do I need to do?

The ERO Review Officer responsible for coordinating the reviews in your cluster of services will send your organisation an email with questions for you to answer (in a PDF document). Please answer these questions and save the document and email it back to the review coordinator prior to the reviews of your services. If you are not able to open the PDF document you can ask the review coordinator to email the questions to you in the body of the email. You can then respond to the questions by replying to the email. The review team will discuss your responses when they meet with you prior to the reviews of your services.

Not all governing organisations and services will have had a chance to engage with the PLD around
Te Whāriki (2017). ERO does not have any expectations as to how far services will have progressed in working with Te Whāriki (2017). We will use the information gathered in this part of the evaluation to identify what is going well with the early implementation of Te Whāriki (2017), and areas where services need greater support.

What will happen with the findings?

We will use what we find in this phase of the evaluation to inform future phases that consider services’ journey towards implementing a local curriculum that reflects Te Whāriki (2017). We will also share our findings with the Ministry of Education, so they know how services are progressing towards implementation of Te Whāriki (2017). The findings may be published separately, or included in a report with findings from later phases.



[1] Governing organisations are those where ERO is undertaking a cluster review approach to reviewing services.

[2] Except for Kōhanga Reo.