Supported trial of Kōwhiti Whakapae


The supported trial of Kōwhiti Whakapae is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Kōwhiti Whakapae: Practice and progress tools to support competent and confident kaiako and mokopuna, within a programme of professional learning and development.

The draft Kōwhiti Whakapae: Practice and progress tools support social and emotional learning within the framework of Te Whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa.

The tools are designed to help kaiako:

  • reflect on and strengthen their own practice
  • understand children’s progress over time and their possible next steps.

The draft tools were developed by the Ministry of Education and a group of experts and sector representatives.

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The supported trial is delivered for the Ministry of Education through a partnership between:

  • CORE Education Tātai Aho Rau with InspirEd ECE, SAASIA, SEEDS
  • University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

What the supported trial involves

The supported trial is for all kaiako interested in taking part in a research project that will impact on their own practice and enhance early learning for tamariki.

In the supported trial, you will:

  • engage in professional learning to understand the draft practice and progress tools and how to use them
  • trial the tools in your services with your tamariki
  • participate in an evaluation of the trial, where you will critically engage in research about your use of the tools in your service.

The supported trial runs from November 2021 to May 2022.

To participate, services must have two kaiako register for the supported trial.

The supported trial is open to a maximum of 120 early learning services:

  • 40 services in an online programme
  • 80 services in the face to face programme – available in Northland, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Professional learning programmes

Programme delivery

There are two options: online and face to face.

The online programme is open to all services across the motu.

It consists of:

  • 3 online workshops of one hour each, and 3 online talks of 15 minutes each. These will be held in November 2021, February 2022, May 2022
  • 3 online meetings of 30 minutes each with participants from individual services, one in November-December 2021, two in February-April 2022.
  • Online Q & A will be available to support kaiako between the workshops, talks and meetings.

The face to face programme is available to services in Northland, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

It consists of:

  • 3 cluster hui of one day each. These will be held in November 2021, February 2022, May 2022
  • Three facilitator visits to services, one in November-December 2021, two in February-April 2022.

Programme content

The online programme’s workshops and webinars, and the face to face programme’s cluster hui, will look at:

  • the intent of the tools
  • ways to use the tools
  • planning to use the tools in services
  • sharing examples of using the tools in action.

The online programme’s online meetings and clinics, and the face-to-face programme’s facilitator visits, will support kaiako to:

  • use the tools in their context
  • be intentional in their interactions and practice
  • recognise learning progress over time
  • document change and gather evidence.

Participation in the evaluation

Kaiako in all programmes will be contributors to the research process that underpins the supported trial.

Their contributions will support a critical evaluation of the tools in helping kaiako to support children’s social and emotional learning progress.

Kaiako will be asked to participate in a range of evaluation activities, including through questionnaires, ratings and group surveys.

There will also be 20 case studies selected from among the up to 120 services participating in the supported trial. Kaiako who register for the programmes need to be prepared to contribute to case studies, but not all services will be involved in these.

The case studies will provide kaiako with opportunities to critically engage in discussion of the tools, and to suggest changes and further development of the tools if necessary.

Kaiako in services that become case studies will be asked to contribute through:

  • interviews, sharing of assessment and planning documentation, and scenarios illustrating: shifts in kaiako practice using the tools; and individual children’s progress where possible
  • support for evaluators’ interviews with whānau.

Registrations are now closed.

All confirmed participants in the trial will receive printed copies of the draft Kōwhiti Whakapae: Practice and progress tools to support competent and confident kakaio and mokopuna. We will also make digital copies available.