ERO recommends that leaders and kaiako in early learning services use the findings of this report as a catalyst to:

  • engage more deeply with Te Whāriki to build a shared understanding of expectations associated with reviewing and designing their local curriculum
      • “What are our curriculum priorities? What really matters for the children in our service?”
  • unpack and discuss the learning outcomes in Te Whāriki as part of their planning, assessment and evaluation processes
      • “What do these learning outcomes look like in terms of children’s progress and learning in our service?”
  • explore and discuss their understanding of, and commitment to, supporting Māori children to experience success as Māori
      • “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?
  • identify their next steps and priorities for PLD
      • “What are our next steps as we engage with Te Whāriki? What support do we need to take these steps?”

ERO is continuing to evaluate what is happening in early learning services as leaders and kaiako engage with the updated curriculum. We will report early in 2019 on how well prepared services are to implement Te Whāriki.