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Review and Improvement Services

Published: 31 Mar 2021

We carry out external evaluations at early childhood services, schools and kura to provide information on their performance and to support improvement for high quality education.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Basic page

An Evaluation of Service Academies

Published: 27 Oct 2011

This report discusses the performance of 16 service academies funded by the Ministry of Education. These are located at 16 predominantly low decile secondary schools across the country.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Service Academies
Youth Guarantee Programme

Corporate Services

Published: 31 Mar 2021

Ensures our staff have access to tools and information to achieve ERO’s objectives. This team also ensures we meet government expectations in relation to employment and work activities.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Basic page

How ERO reviews early childhood services

Published: 31 Mar 2021

This section explains what reviews we do and how we review your early childhood service. This includes centre-based, home-based and hospital-based education and care services. It explains our different approaches to reviews Akanuku | Assurance Reviews, Akarangi | Quality Evaluations and Education Reviews.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Early learning

Quality in Early Childhood Services

Published: 01 Aug 2010

Early childhood education has been an important focus for the Education Review Office for over 20 years. This report uses findings from ERO's national evaluations of early childhood education and individual services' education reviews to highlight the factors that contribute to high quality early childhood education and care, as well as those that contribute to poor quality. The report provides a good starting point for further discussion for anyone involved in early childhood education including education providers, policy makers and teachers.

Audience:
Early learning
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Quality
Early childhood services
Regulatory frameworks

Use of Equity Funding in Early Childhood Services

Published: 24 Oct 2013

This national report discusses how effectively 147 early childhood services used Equity Funding and the extent to which the Equity Funding objectives of participation and quality in early childhood services were achieved.

We have also published a companion report - Use of Equity Funding in Pacific Early Childhood Services.

Audience:
Early learning
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Equity funding
Early childhood services
Pacific Early Childhood services

Partnership with Whānau Māori in Early Childhood Services

Published: 01 Feb 2012

In this evaluation Partnership with Whānau Māori in Early Childhood Education, ERO focused on the extent to which:

  • services understood and valued the identity, language and culture of Māori children and their whānau, particularly when the child and whānau enter the service
  • managers and educators built positive relationships with the whānau of Māori children; and
  • each service worked in partnership with the whānau of Māori children. 
Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Whānau
Early childhood services
Identity
Language
Culture

Success for Māori Children in Early Childhood Services

Published: 01 May 2010

This evaluation also raises questions about the links between implementing a bicultural curriculum and reviewing its impact for Māori children. This is the next step for services that already have strong bicultural curriculum. Reflecting on and questioning the extent to which Māori children experience success as learners is part of the challenge for managers and educators in early childhood services. The findings of this evaluation indicate that many services have some way to go in working with parents and whānau and enabling Māori children to become competent and confident learners.

Audience:
Early learning
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Early childhood services
Evaluation
Bicultural curriculum

Implementing Self Review in Early Childhood Services

Published: 01 Jan 2009

The Education Review Office (ERO) undertook a national evaluation of the implementation of self review in 397 services in Terms 1, 2 and 3, 2008. The evaluation focused on how well self review was understood, supported and implemented in each service and the extent to which it led to improved management and educator practice. 

Audience:
Early learning
Māori-medium
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Early childhood services
Self-review

Literacy in Early Childhood Services: Good Practice

Published: 01 Nov 2011

The intent of the evaluation was to gain an insight and understanding of literacy teaching and learning in early childhood education. This report complements the ERO national evaluation report, Literacy in Early Childhood: Teaching and Learning, February 2011. It presents examples of good practice from 13 early childhood services, identified during their ERO reviews, which had high quality literacy teaching and learning. ERO revisited these services in Term 4, 2010. These services were at different stages in their understanding and associated literacy teaching and learning practices.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Literacy
Good practice
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Writing
Oral literacy

An evaluation of Stand Children's Services: Children's Villages

Published: 01 Sep 2016

Until recently children with behavioural and social needs were referred to and attended one of six health camps situated across New Zealand. Each of the six health camps had an associated school attached. In 2008 ERO evaluated the quality of provisions for children at the health camps and identified significant areas that needed to improve. ERO recommended that the Ministry of Education examine the role of health camps and their schools within the wider network provision of services for students with moderate to severe behaviour difficulties. 

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Stand Children's Services Tu Maia Whanau
Children's Villages
Behavioural needs
Therapeutic care and education (TEC)
Circle of Courage

Handbook of contractual obligations and undertakings – early childhood services

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This Handbook covers relevant legislation and requirements that early learning services and kōhanga reo must follow. Our review officers use this Handbook as part of their review. It does not represent the official versions of the Acts, regulations and other requirements. We recommend referring to the full legislation and requirements when needed.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Early learning
Home-based education
Hospital-based education
Kōhanga Reo

Use of Equity Funding in Pacific Early Childhood Services

Published: 24 Oct 2013

This national report is about how effectively 15 Pacific early childhood services used Equity Funding to increase Pacific children's participation and support them to develop their language, culture and identity.

We have also published a companion report - Use of Equity Funding in Early Childhood Services.

Audience:
Early learning
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Equity funding
Pacific Early Childhood services
Pasifika
Low socio-economic communities
Special education
Culture
Language

Success for Māori Children in Early Childhood Services: Good Practice

Published: 01 May 2010

This report complements the national evaluation report, Success for Māori Children in Early Childhood Services, March 2010. It presents examples of good practice from nine early childhood services, identified during their ERO reviews, which had practices that were working for Māori children and their parents and whānau.

Audience:
Early learning
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Early childhood services
Evaluation

Provision for Māori Children in Early Childhood Services July 2008

Published: 28 Jul 2008

This Education Review Office (ERO) report is based on the findings of a study involving 16 early childhood services and one umbrella organisation undertaken as part of each service’s regular education review during Term 4, 2007.  

Audience:
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Māori
Early childhood services

He Pou Tātaki: How ERO reviews hospital-based education and care services

Published: 31 Mar 2021

This document is the result of a collaborative effort between ERO and representatives from hospital-based education and care services. It will support improved service performance and accountability, and focuses on how well placed hospital-based services are to contribute to children’s learning, and promote their wellbeing.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Hospital-based education
Evaluation
Ngā Pou Here
Evaluation indicators