What & Why In-Centre Review?

Reading from Ministry of Education ECE Lead website the quote below emphases the importance of ongoing review:


The “anga” in raranga refers to a framework, or scaffold. In effective review, we structure the process to maintain our overarching purpose of working together towards improvement. Effective review enables us to explore our practice critically and to consider how we might become even better through knowing what we do well and what we need to improve.

Throughout the process, we were moving back and forth between preparing and gathering and could go on doing that forever. It’s very easy to forget that eventually you have an obligation to make sense of it all and to do something with that information!

– Rudolf Steiner kindergarten

More from the Ministry of Education website informs us to celebrate the achievements while strengthening Centre practice by ongoing review:

“In effective review, we are always open to possibilities that there is more to learn about our practice. We seek to continually enhance our practice to provide relevant and meaningful learning opportunities for children. Review gives us a way of knowing what we do well and what needs to be improved in order to act on this knowledge. Our commitment to ongoing improvement contributes to the capacity of our learning community to determine its own direction and future. This is sometimes expressed as self-determination or tino rangatiratanga.”

Let us work together to continually grow and enhance our Centre practice at Aroha Early Learning Centre; look for the surveys to go out in 2015 asking you our families your thoughts on the in-centre reviews on ‘Art and Creativity’ and ‘Being Sustainable’.

“We embrace a culture of shared responsibility and critical reflection as we move forward together. We have a process that allows us to be confident in answering these questions:

  • What aspects of our practice are we doing well?
  • What aspects of our practice do we need to improve?
  • What do we need to do as a result of what we have learned about our practice?”

The process includes:

  1. Preparing for the review,
  2. Gathering information,
  3. Analysing the findings,
  4. Recording and documenting,
  5. Planning and Acting,
  6. Evaluating,
  7. Asking, “do we continue or now change to another review?”

Kia ora.

  • We use Storypark to share learning stories and ePortfolios privately with the parents and families of the children that attend Aroha.