ERO recommends that early childhood services:

  • develop or review their processes for consulting and communicating with the parents and whānau of Māori children so they can be more responsive to their aspirations and expectations;
  • consider how effectively they integrate Māori perspectives in planning, assessment and evaluation processes;
  • provide professional development and development support for managers and educators to increase their ability to work in partnership with the parents and whānau of Māori children at their service; and
  • strengthen self review to enable robust evaluation of the impact of learning programmes for Māori children.

ERO recommends that the Ministry of Education funded professional development includes a focus on supporting early childhood services to be responsive to Māori children and their whānau.