Foreword

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.

In 2011, the Early Childhood Education Taskforce report, An Agenda for Amazing Children recommended an evaluation of the implementation of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki. This is one of two ERO national evaluation reports undertaken to inform any future review of the early childhood curriculum. This particular report focuses on how services are working with Te Whāriki and highlights the different ways teachers are using the principles and strands of Te Whāriki to inform their practice.

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

May 2013