Appendix 3: Summary of key findings

Table 3 provides a summary of the key findings to help you identify your PLD needs, next steps and support you to engage more deeply with some of the expectations in Te Whāriki.

Table 3: Summary of findings

ERO was interested in:

What does Te Whāriki expect?

What did ERO find?

Questions to think about?

What you were doing to review and design your local curriculum.

[That you] will use Te Whāriki as a basis for weaving its own local curriculum of valued learning taking into consideration also the aspirations and learning priorities of hāpu, iwi and community. p.7.


Services were at a very early stage in terms of reviewing and designing their local curriculum.


A barrier for many was that the concept of a ‘local curriculum’ was not well understood by leaders and kaiako or they had not considered that they needed to do this.

How do we use Te Whāriki as the basis for our local curriculum?


What do we need to consider as we ‘weave’ our local curriculum?


What are our curriculum priorities for children’s learning? What really matters for the children in our service?

How you were working with the 20 learning outcomes in Te Whāriki.



[That you] will work with colleagues, children, parents and whānau to unpack the strands, goals and learning outcomes, interpreting these and setting priorities for their particular ECE setting. p.23.

Variability in understanding about how to work with the learning outcomes in Te Whāriki as part of assessment, planning (including teaching strategies) and evaluation.


Most services were at an early stage of working with the learning outcomes to identify the learning valued in their service.

How do we work with the 20 learning outcomes as part of our local curriculum and associated assessment and teaching practices?


What do the 20 learning outcomes look like in terms of children’s progress and learning in our service?


What do we know about children’s progress and developing capabilities in relation to the 20 learning outcomes?

How confident you are to support Māori children to experience educational success as Māori.

That leaders and kaiako will draw on Kaupapa Māori theory in supporting Māori children to achieve educational success as Māori.

Te Whāriki states:

The implementation of kaupapa Māori theory emphasises practices that enable Māori to achieve educational success as Māori. At its core is the retention of Māori language and culture. p.61

In the services that were confident (or had already begun), leaders and kaiako were at an early stage in working with Te Whāriki to support Māori children to experience success as Māori and to realise their potential.


What do we know and understand about kaupapa Māori theory?


What expertise do we have to increase our understanding of practices that enable Māori children to experience success as Māori?