The Ministry relies on the licence application process and ERO reports to monitor curriculum implementation. Under the Education Act, ERO does not have right of entry to private homes, and because of this they cannot verify curriculum implementation and health and safety monitoring in person. ERO relies on internal evaluation and other documentation, and discussions with coordinators and the service provider to complete their reviews of home-based ECE services.
For new licences, the Ministry approves probationary licences based on the likelihood of a service meeting licensing requirements. To move from a probationary to a full licence, services must show the Ministry that they meet the curriculum standard. This assessment is based on the evidence of curriculum planning, assessment and implementation over the 12 month duration of the probationary licence.
ERO cannot verify curriculum implementation and health and safety monitoring. This is a problem because educators are responsible for the direct implementation of education and care to children.
The Ministry approves probationary licences based on the likelihood of a service meeting licensing requirements. However, this does not guarantee that a service will reach a certain level of quality. New services can become poorly performing services, and may not be identified as such in a timely way.
This would allow ERO to verify curriculum implementation and health and safety monitoring. This would give greater oversight of curriculum implementation and health and safety, and give home-based services the necessary information to help strengthen educator practice.
An ERO evaluation would be performed after a service has obtained their probationary licence and has been operating between six months and a year. The Ministry’s decision to grant a full licence would be based in part on ERO’s recommendation. This option would provide greater quality assurance on the curriculum standard, both for the Ministry and ERO.
Both options would improve oversight of the quality of curriculum delivery. The ERO evaluation would mean that new services that are not performing are dealt with more quickly.
We are seeking your views on increasing ERO’s role in evaluating home-based ECE services.
To what extent would the proposed changes to ERO’s role affect you?