What ERO did

In this evaluation, ERO wanted to find out how aware and confident leaders and kaiako in early learning services were as they began to work with the updated curriculum, Te Whāriki (2017).

The evaluation focused on:

  • service leaders’ and kaiako awareness of Te Whāriki and their confidence to work with it
  • any professional learning and development (PLD) accessed to support service leaders and kaiako to implement Te Whāriki and the usefulness of this PLD
  • any perceived barriers and challenges faced in beginning to work with the updated curriculum.

In early learning services1 having an ERO review in Terms 3 and 4, 2017 we asked leaders and kaiako to complete a questionnaire before the onsite stage of their review. ERO review teams discussed the responses to the questionnaire with leaders and/or kaiako while onsite, and added additional comments to the questionnaire. The responses from leaders and/or kaiako and the comments from ERO review teams make up the sources of data used for this evaluation report.

ERO gathered information from 290 early learning services. Further information about the services in this evaluation is in Appendix 1.

Appendix 2 outlines ERO’s evaluation framework and approach to data gathering and synthesis.



[1]  Excluding Ngā Kōhanga Reo.