Information for services Te Whāriki (2018)

Information for early learning services

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) to find out how services are responding to the updated curriculum.

What does ERO want to find out?

ERO is interested in:

  • your awareness of Te Whāriki (2017)
  • any professional learning and development you have accessed to support you to implement Te Whāriki (2017)
  • what steps you are taking to review and design your local curriculum
  • what steps you are taking to determine what learning matters and is valued in your service
  • how you are working with Te Whāriki (2017) to support Māori children to experience educational success as Māori
  • any perceived barriers and challenges you are facing in beginning to work with the updated curriculum.

When are we doing this NET?

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

The findings from this evaluation phase will inform further phases looking at services’ implementation of Te Whāriki (2017).

Which services are included?

This NET will be undertaken in all ERO reviews of licensed early learning services.[1]

What do I need to do?

The ERO Review Officer responsible for coordinating your service’s reviews will send you 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 your review. If you are not able to open the PDF document, ERO can 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 review of your service.

You should only complete one set of questions per service, so if both service leaders and kaiako wish to answer the questions, they should do this together. The review team will discuss your responses with you when they visit your service.

Not all 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] Kōhanga Reo are not included in this evaluation.