ECE methodology trial March-June 2019

Assurance Review process

ERO is responsible for reporting publicly on the quality of education provided in New Zealand schools and early childhood services. Its role encompasses accountability (including compliance with legal requirements), educational improvement, and knowledge generation.

ERO has developed an Assurance Review process that assesses if a service has taken reasonable steps to maintain (meet) regulatory standards/licensing requirements. This approach focuses on the accountability part of ERO’s function. ERO is trialling this approach in a sample of centre-based services (not kōhanga reo, home-based or hospital-based) scheduled for review between March-June 2019.

ERO’s Assurance Review trial may include services:

  • having a first ERO review – including if part of a governing organisation
  • previously identified as ‘not well placed’
  • that have moved from a provisional to a full licence
  • that have been re-licensed due to a change of ownership.

As part of an Assurance Review process, ERO makes one of the following judgements:

At the time of the review ERO:

  • found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards; or
  • identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed; or
  • identified significant areas of non-compliance with regulatory standards that are an unacceptable risk to children.

Feedback on ERO’s Assurance Review approach will be sought from services involved in the trial.