ERO identified early childhood services for this report from education reviews in 576 services undertaken in Term 4, 2008 and Terms 1 and 2, 2009. Eight services were selected for a further visit to gather more in-depth information about specific practices that underpinned their provision for Māori children and their whānau. A kindergarten association, reviewed when ERO was undertaking a pilot study for its report Māori Children in Early Childhood: Pilot Study, July 2008, was also included in this report.

This report draws on the findings from nine early childhood services:

  • Avonside Early Childhood Centre
  • Bright Stars Educare
  • Edgecumbe Playcentre
  • Gisborne Kindergarten Association
  • Hutt Family Daycare Limited
  • Manuka Early Learning Centre
  • Mary Richmond Kindergarten
  • St Francis Aroha Whānau Centre
  • Takaro Kindergarten.