ERO is about to introduce more varied return times for reviews depending on the performance of the service. ECE services that are believed to be “very well placed to promote positive outcomes for children” will be reviewed once every four years (instead of the current three). Those which are deemed to be “well placed” will be reviewed again in three years and there will be two yearly or more frequent reviews for services that require further development.
The criteria that a service would need to meet to reach each level can be found on the ERO website.
As previously indicated by ERO there will be more of a focus on services undertaking self-reviews. Services will also be expected to assist “priority learners” which include Maori and Pasifika children, children with special learning needs and under-2s.
Diana Anderson, Acting Chief Executive and Chief Review Officer for ERO, said the changes in return times for reviewing and reporting on ECE services would allow ERO to focus more on services that need support and for ERO and the Education Ministry to direct resources better toward those services.
The Education Review Office is also making changes to the reports it produces so parents can see more easily at a glance what its judgement is about how well placed a service is to promote positive outcomes for children. Written reports will be shorter and will include the overall judgement related to how well placed the service is at the very beginning of the report.