NET - Te Whāriki (2017): Awareness - Information for 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 will undertake a series of evaluations focused on the implementation of Te Whāriki (2017).  The first evaluation in the series will explore what support leaders and kaiako have accessed; what the perceived barriers or challenges are to implementation; and what further support leaders and kaiako need in order to implement Te Whāriki (2017).

National Evaluation Question

ERO is interested in:

  • your (service leaders’ and/or kaiako) awareness of Te Whāriki (2017)
  • any professional learning and development accessed to support service leaders and kaiako to implement Te Whāriki(2017)
  • any barriers and challenges you face in beginning to work with the updated curriculum.

When are we doing this NET?

The first phase, looking at services’ awareness of the new curriculum, will begin at the start of Term 3, 2017, and run until the end of Term 4. 

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. 

What do I need to do?

The ERO Review Officer responsible for coordinating the review in your service will send you an email with 10 questions. Please answer these questions (either in the email, or print out and complete), and return your responses to the review coordinator before they visit 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 rollout of Te Whāriki (2017), and areas where services need greater support.

What will happen to 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.