11 April 2011
To the Parents and Community of ACG Strathallan Preschool
These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on ACG Strathallan Preschool.
ACG Strathallan Preschool continues to build a strong foundation for children’s development, with an emphasis on building their intellectual, physical, emotional and social skills. Children engage in a well balanced programme guided by Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. The programme effectively combines structured teaching times and free play and is led by children’s interests and needs. Parents state that they are very satisfied with the quality of care and education provided for their children.
The learning environment is well resourced and provides children with a wide variety of challenging and stimulating activities and learning. Children, teachers and parents interact respectfully with each other. Children play and learn collaboratively with their peers and enjoyed sustained periods of uninterrupted play, facilitated by teachers. The generous adult to child ratio enables children to experience individual attention and to engage in conversation with teachers.
Since ERO’s 2008 review, significant progress has been made in assessment and planning practices. Teachers are well able to identify children’s learning. They display their planning in the centre to inform and include parents and families. They are continuing to consider ways to further refine their planning and documentation. Teachers work collaboratively and accept a collective responsibility for children’s learning and development. The manager agrees that the centre philosophy and programme could acknowledge the place of Māori as tangata whenua to support children’s growing understanding of the bi-cultural nature of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
The centre is well managed. Teachers’ leadership capacity is supported and developed through a cycle of rotated areas of responsibility for aspects of curriculum and management. The centre manager agrees that refinement of self-review processes and self-review documentation would support enhanced learning outcomes for children.
ERO is likely to review the service again within three years.
When ERO has reviewed an early childhood centre we encourage management to inform their community of any follow up action they plan to take. You should talk to the management or contact person if you have any questions about this evaluation, the full ERO report or their future intentions.
If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact the centre or see the ERO website, http://www.ero.govt.nz.
National Manager Review Services
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT REVIEWS
ERO is an independent, external evaluation agency that undertakes reviews of schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.
About ERO Reviews
ERO follows a set of standard procedures to conduct reviews. The purpose of each review is to:
- improve quality of education for children in early childhood centres; and
- provide information to parents, communities and the Government.
Reviews are intended to focus on outcomes for children and build on each centre’s self review.
ERO’s framework for reviewing and reporting is based on four review strands.
- Quality of Education – including the quality of the programme provided for children, the quality of the learning environment and the quality of the interactions between staff and children and how these impact on outcomes for children.
- Additional Review Priorities – other aspects of the operation of a centre, may be included in the review. ERO will not include this strand in all reviews.
- National Evaluation Topics – This strand contributes to the development of education policies and their effective implementation. The information from this strand is aggregated by ERO for its national evaluation reports. Topics for investigation are changed regularly to provide up-to-date information.
- Compliance with Legal Requirements – assurance that this centre has taken all reasonable steps to meet legal requirements.
ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of centre performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to this centre.
Most ERO reports include recommendations for improvement. A recommendation on a particular issue does not necessarily mean that a centre is performing poorly in relation to that issue. There is no direct link between the number of recommendations in this report and the overall performance of this centre.
Individual ERO school and early childhood centre reports are public information and may be copied or sent electronically. However, the Education Review Office can guarantee only the authenticity of original documents which have been obtained in hard copy directly from either the local ERO office or ERO Corporate Office in Wellington. Please consult your telephone book, or see the ERO web page,
http://www.ero.govt.nz, for ERO office addresses.