While the Education Review Office (ERO) has said that there ‘still a way to go,’ progress has been made on implementing the Te Whāriki curriculum across the early Childhood Education (ECE) Sector;
Rainbow Corner Group Chief Executive said that efforts of the Group in delivering the curriculum are being acknowledged, and that the proposal is positive for the sector and will assist in delivering quality outcomes for New Zealand’s children.
Summary of findings
The ERO’s final Report in the Te Whāriki series summarises the findings of previous Reports and includes the last two focus areas for the curriculum – how services decide ‘what learning matters here’ and how well they are developing learning-focused partnerships with parents and whanau.
ERO Chief Review Officer Nicholas Pole acknowledges that “some progress has been made on implementing the curriculum, but we still have a way to go.”
The Report also recommends that the Education Ministry works with the sector to provide exemplars, resources and guidance to support providers to develop local curriculum in partnership with parents and whanau.
The Rainbow Corner Group, which owns and operates ECE centres and Porse in-home childcare, agrees that more can be done across the sector to implement Te Whariki but is proud of its efforts to ensure whanau and families are engaged with the curriculum and the progress of their children’s education.
“Ongoing support for teachers to undertake professional development is essential and assists them to continue to deliver high quality education. We are looking forward with anticipation to the future guidance and resources from both the ERO and Ministry of Education to further strengthen our implementation of Te Whāriki and to also deliver their new quality evaluation tools. It will benefit the industry as a whole,” Mr Dosshi said.
The Rainbow Corner Group was awarded recently the Fernmark Accreditation, which has cemented its vision to provide innovative, modern childcare; the first early childhood education provider to receive the prestigious award.
Extract from ERO Report:
Children have opportunities to participate in a programme based on their interests.
They regularly socialise with other children while in their educator’s care.
A wide range of learning experiences within the local community reflects the Porse commitment to place-based learning and real-life experiences.
Children of all ages benefit from positive and caring relationships with educators and programme tutors. Te Whariki concepts of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, whakamana and kotahitanga are evident across the networks.
A varied range of communication tools promotes consistency of care between children’s homes and their home-based service. Educators and programme tutors work appropriately with families and external agencies to meet children’s individual needs.
On-going observation of children in everyday activities builds a picture of what they are interested in and can do. Some educators and programme tutors use this information well to plan a programme that extends children’s learning. New templates assist educators to develop a shared understanding of effective assessment practice.
Rainbow Corner Group Chief Executive Rrahul Dosshi (Picture Supplied)