Early Learning General News – March 2017

General news for the Early Learning sector for March 2017 including latest ERO publications and information about Police vetting user charges.

New ERO Publications

ERO has released several new publications recently. The following resources can be accessed on ERO’s website.

Extending their language – expanding their world: children’s oral language (birth–8 years)

Extending the language - expanding their world

Extending their language - expanding their world: Children’s oral language (birth-8 years) (external link)

Research evidence shows early in a child’s life is a critical time for the rapid language development that takes place, particularly in the first 2 to 3 years. This evaluation investigated how effectively young children’s oral language learning and development were supported in their early years of education.

Early learning curriculum: what’s important and what works

Early learning curriculum: what's important and what works

Early learning curriculum: what’s important and what works (external link)

This retrospective study synthesises findings from 17 national reports about curriculum implementation in early learning services, published over the last 10 years. Across these evaluations ERO has collected examples of effective practices by early learning services as they design, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of their curriculum.

Effective internal evaluation for improvement

Effective internal evaluation for improvement

Effective internal evaluation for improvement (external link)

This revised booklet is useful for any organisation interested in internal evaluation for improvement. This overview of the processes and reasoning involved in effective internal evaluation for improvement draws on a recently published resource Effective internal evaluation – how to do and use internal evaluation for improvement (2016) (external link)

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako

ERO has released three resources to help support Kāhui Ako with a conceptual framework about what international evidence tells us about effective collaboration in education communities. It draws together what ERO knows about Kāhui Ako so far.

ERO publications - Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako - ERO website (external link)

Collaboration to Improve Learner Outcomes is a synthesis of the research and evaluation about effective collaboration. This resource includes a framework that shows what the evidence suggests is important in developing collective capacity for improvement. The Building Collective Capacity for Improvement Framework consists of seven dimensions of practice. For each dimension, examples of effective practice are described.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako uses the dimensions of the Building Collective Capacity for Improvement Framework as the basis for a set of progressions that describe what Kāhui Ako might be doing at different stages of their collaboration journey. The key questions and descriptions of practice can be used as an evaluation tool.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in Action draws together what ERO knows about Kāhui Ako as they move from establishment to implementation. This report is based on:

  • information collected from schools (that are already members of Kāhui Ako) during their regular ERO evaluations
  • information gained from the workshops ERO has conducted with Kāhui Ako
  • findings from the in-depth work being done alongside Kāhui Ako.

To request or obtain more information on ERO’s resources, please email info@ero.govt.nz or follow them on Twitter@EducationRevNZ (external link) .

Sally Taylor-Phillips
Senior Communications Advisor
Education Review Office
Phone: 04 471 6642
Email: sally.taylor-phillips@ero.govt.nz

Police vetting user charges start later this year 

Police vetting is part of a broader safety check that education service providers are required to undertake, under the Vulnerable Children Act, for people who work with children. This safety check is about keeping children and young people safe.

Police have advised users of the police vetting service that Police will begin charging a fee to cover the cost of this service later this year. The Ministry and sector groups made submissions on the police vetting cost recovery bill, which was passed in November last year.

  • The cost will be $8.50 (plus GST) per police vet request.
  • We don’t yet have confirmation on timing, but it will be no sooner than 1 July 2017.
  • There are some exemptions:
    • Early learning services making 20 vet requests or fewer per year (1 July to 30 June) will not be required to pay. Please note the 21st police vet request will also incur charges for the previous 20 vets. This means that the first 20 police vet requests are not free, but organisations that request fewer than 20 per year (1 July – 30 June) are exempt from charges.
    • Registered charities will also be exempt from charges.
  • Police will provide more information in April.

There is information about police vetting cost recovery on the NZ Police website (external link) .

We have been working with the Vulnerable Children Sector Advisory Group and Police on a range of police vetting issues, including the need to significantly improve processing time. We have also identified areas where better guidance is needed to reduce the amount of duplication in vetting requests, and to clarify who needs to be vetted. We’ll have an update on this work in April and will also share any further information from Police about cost recovery.

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