What ERO did

In early learning services[1] having an ERO review in Term 1, 2018 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. Where there was a governing organisation[2] ERO also sought information from professional leaders in the governing organisation via a questionnaire.

In early learning services ERO was interested in:

  • their awareness of Te Whāriki (2017)
  • any professional learning and development they had accessed to support them to implement Te Whāriki (2017)
  • steps they were taking to review and design their local curriculum
  • steps they were taking to identify what learning matters and is valued in their service
  • how they were working with Te Whāriki (2017) to support Māori children to experience educational success as Māori
  • any perceived barriers and challenges they were facing in beginning to work with the updated curriculum.

In governing organisations ERO was interested in:

  • what professional leaders (governing organisation) knew about the level of awareness  of
    Te Whāriki (2017) in their services
  • any professional learning and development the organisation had provided to support service leaders and kaiako to implement Te Whāriki (2017)
  • steps their services were taking to review and design their local curriculum
  • steps their services were taking to identify what learning matters and is valued in their service
  • how their services were working with Te Whāriki (2017) to support Māori children to experience educational success as Māori
  • any perceived barriers and challenges faced by their services as they began to implement
    Te Whāriki (2017).

ERO gathered information from 167 early learning services and six governing organisations. Further information about the services in this evaluation is in Appendix 1. Appendix 2 outlines ERO’s evaluation framework including the questions we asked.



[1] Excluding Ngā Kōhanga Reo.

[2] Governing organisations include kindergarten and Playcentre associations and organisations that have oversight of 30 or more services.