There are some questions I really like in the Ministry of Education’s publication on ECE self-review (my notes are from the 2006 publication, but it is available online too):
How well does our practice empower children to learn and grow? (p.12)
To what extent does our practice reflect the holistic nature of learning? (p.12)
How integral to our practice is the wider world of family and community? (p.12)
To what extent does our practice support children to learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships? (p.12)
How well do we foster children’s learning?
explore what we do; what we say; what we believe; what we know; what the result is for the children in our service (p.13)
What are the unique aspects of our location that might influence the way we go about review? (p.45)
The guidance they provide for undertaking a review is really clear and usable.
Preparing for Review
- identify the trigger for review
- develop a focus
- establish indicators to guide us
- identify sources of information
- prepare a plan