How ERO reviews

We work with services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura to help them and their learners/ākonga flourish. We’re interested in what’s working well and what can improve.


What types of review we do

We review in Māori-medium, English-medium and Pacific-medium contexts.

Māori medium includes: Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura a Iwi, Ngā Kohanga Reo, Ngā Puna Reo and other Māori immersion early learning services.

In English and Pacific medium, we review all state and state integrated schools and kura. We review all centre-based, home-based and hospital-based early childhood services.

Other types of schooling we review are private and independent schools, and homeschooling.

We also check on schools and kura with international students or school hostels, and new and merging schools’ readiness to open.

Learn more about how we review and get resources to help prepare your early childhood service, kōhanga reo, school or kura by visiting these pages on our website: 


Why we review

We want to understand and share how each early childhood service, kōhanga reo, school or kura achieves positive outcomes for all its learners/ākonga.

We help services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura evaluate and improve their own practice.

We take an evidence-based approach to reviews. Our reviewers work with services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura to make independent judgements based on evidence and evaluation indicators.

We focus on equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners/ākonga.

Our approach is driven by our whakataukī: Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa | The Child – the Heart of the Matter.


Who reads our review reports

Our reports are read by:

  • learners/ākonga, parents, whānau, hapū and iwi
  • teachers/kaiako
  • early childhood education managers
  • school principals/tumuaki and trustees
  • government policy makers.


Why we publish our review reports on our website

We want parents, whānau, hapū and iwi, and the wider community to know about the quality of teaching and learning in early childhood services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura.

Publishing the reports online supports parents and whānau to know more about their child’s education, make suggestions and ask questions. Parent and whānau involvement plays a big part in a child’s educational success.

Every service, kōhanga reo, school and kura has the opportunity to give feedback on the report before we publish it.


How we keep our process fair and transparent

We designed our review process to be as open as possible. There should be no surprises.

Reviewers are professional evaluators who’ve had many years of teaching and leadership experience before joining us. All have specialised training in education evaluation. Some current school principals/tumuaki sometimes join reviews.

Reviewers follow the Public Service Commission’s Standards of Integrity and Conduct. Early childhood services and schools can expect review teams to be fair, impartial, responsible and trustworthy.

Read our transparency statement.