The Education Review Office (ERO) is an independent government department that reviews the performance of New Zealand’s schools and early childhood services, and reports publicly on what it finds.

The whakataukī of ERO demonstrates the importance we place on the educational achievement of our children and young people:

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa

The Child – the Heart of the Matter

In our daily work we have the privilege of going into early childhood services and schools, giving us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country. We collate and analyse this information so that it can be used to benefit the education sector and, therefore, the children in our education system. ERO’s reports contribute sound information for work undertaken to support the Government’s policies.

This report presents examples of good practice from five early childhood services, focusing on priorities for children’s learning. In these services the priorities were clear, they reflected the context and philosophy of each service, and they were strongly influenced by the principles and strands of Te Whāriki. The services were part of a national evaluation that ERO undertook in 2012 and were subsequently chosen to feature in this good practice report.

Successful delivery in education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together for the benefit of children and young people. We trust the information in ERO’s evaluations will help them in their work.

Diana Anderson Chief Review Officer (Acting)

Education Review Office

November 2013