Information for services Te Whāriki (2018)

Information for early learning services

National Evaluation Topic - Term 1, 2019

Implementing Te Whāriki (2017) – Learning-focused partnerships with parents and whānau


Why are we doing this NET?

This evaluation is part of a series of evaluations that will build knowledge and understanding of how well leaders and teachers in early learning services are implementing Te Whāriki (2017).

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). 


What does ERO want to find out?

We want to evaluate the extent to which you are engaging parents and whānau in their child’s learning as you implement Te Whāriki (2017).

We will ask you about:

  • what steps you have taken to engage in learning-focused partnerships with parents and whānau
  • how this engagement is reflected in in your local curriculum, planning and assessment information
  • how internal evaluation is helping you to evaluate and improve learning-focused partnerships with parents and whānau
  • what you know about the impact of your engagement with parents and whānau on children’s learning.

When are we doing this NET?

Term 1, 2019

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 will happen with the findings?

We will use what we find to inform future evaluations that consider services’ journey as they implement 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 other phases.

ERO’s previous published evaluation reports in this series are Awareness and confidence to work with Te Whāriki (2017) and Engaging with Te Whāriki (2017)