ERO reviews of early childhood services and kōhanga reo

For early childhood services and kōhanga reo having an ERO review

This page provides information for early childhood services and kōhanga reo having an ERO review. It also has links to the documentation most early childhood services will need before, during and after their review.

Information about reviews and review documentation 

The documents used for some services ERO reviews can differ from those ordinarily used with early childhood services. Those needing different documentation include kōhanga reo, home-based services and hospital-based services.

Access the documentation for these services:

Home-based and hospital-based education and care services

ERO is currently undertaking Education Reviews in home-based and hospital-based services. ERO will continue with Education Reviews in these services using the relevant approach as outlined in:

He Pou Tātaki- How ERO reviews home-based education and care services


He Pou Tātaki: How ERO reviews hospital-based education and care services

ERO plans to update its approach to reviews in home-based and hospital-based education and care services as part of its regular programme of work going forward.

Documentation for Centre-based services

Statistical profile form

Early childhood services must complete and return a statistical profile form before their review. The information provided should be as accurate and up-to-date as possible. 

Early childhood statistical profile form (66KB, .docx)

Assurance statement

Before a review we also ask the governing or managing body of an early childhood service or kōhanga reo to complete a statement and checklist assuring ERO of its compliance with legal obligations and official requirements. You may also find these useful for your own internal evaluation.

Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists (1000 KB, .pdf)

Handbook of Contractual Obligations and Undertakings

ERO’s Handbook of Contractual Obligations and Undertakings: Early Childhood Services describes the existing legislation and legal requirements for early childhood services.

Volume I of this Handbook, which was based on the 1998 early childhood centres regulations, is superseded by the current Volume II. It is updated regularly.

Handbook of Contractual Obligations and Undertakings for early childhood services

Letter to parents, whānau and kaiako

Here is a link to a letter you can display and distribute to your parents, whānau and staff that tells them what ERO wants to find out during your review and how they can get involved.

Letter to parents, whanau and kaiako

Feedback after your review

We are interested in your experience of the review process. If your early childhood service has recently had a review, please take the time to complete our questionnaire.

You can complete the questionnaire online.

To learn more about questionnaires please email