ERO's Chain of Quality

The early childhood education Chain of Quality reflects ERO’s evaluation findings over a period of many years. It is used as a tool to assist ERO and early childhood services to explore and identify children’s outcomes and the most important processes likely to be contributing to these outcomes.

Figure 1: ERO’s Early Childhood Education Chain of Quality

This is a hamburger shaped graph. The top layer is called Positive and Safe School Environment. The bottom layer is called Involved families and communities. Sandwhiched inbetween are four interlinked circles the first is Effective governance. The second is Professional leadership. The third is High Quality teaching and the last one is Student Achievement.

The Chain of Quality diagram shows links between key elements of early childhood services’ operations and positive outcomes for children.

Positive learning outcomes for children in early childhood education include:

  • children’s knowledge (eg facts, concepts, ideas, vocabulary);
  • children’s skills (physical, intellectual, language, emotional, social);
  • children’s dispositions (eg curiosity, persistence, playfulness, resilience);
  • children’s attitudes (eg confidence, belonging, participation, enjoyment); and
  • children’s cultural dimensions (eg aspirations, language, practices, traditions).

Te Whāriki is the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum statement. This document sets out intended learning outcomes for children in early childhood settings, relating to Wellbeing (Mana Atua), Belonging (Mana Whenua), Contribution (Mana Tangata), Communication (Mana Reo) and Exploration (Mana Aotūroa).