The Education Review Office (ERO) independently reviews and reports on the quality of education in schools and early childhood services. The focus of ERO’s reviews in hospital- based services is on the capacity of the service to contribute to children’s learning and promote their wellbeing.

He Pou Tātaki: How ERO reviews hospital-based education and care services provides resources for ERO and hospital-based services to use during reviews. The resources included in this document reflect ERO’s commitment to the provision of high quality early childhood education for all children in Aotearoa New Zealand.

ERO’s evaluation indicators reflect current research, theory and practice in early childhood education. In addition, the indicators in this document reflect the unique characteristics of hospital-based education and care and are integral to the review methodology.

ERO has drawn on He Pou Tātaki, its methodology for reviews in centre-based and home-based early childhood services to develop an approach to reviews in hospital-based education and care services. This methodology is also the result of collaborative work between ERO and representatives from hospital-based services. ERO is committed to maintaining a positive and productive relationship with hospital-based services and the broader education community.

Review procedures are available for centre-based and home-based early childhood services, kura and schools, kōhanga reo and Te Aho Matua kura kaupapa Māori. All documents are on ERO’s website ( or can be requested from an ERO office.

June 2017