Little Ark ECE Centre 11/05/2011

11 May 2011

To the Parents and Community of Little Ark ECE Centre

These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Little Ark ECE Centre.

Little Ark, ECE Centre is managed and owned by Sabbath Rest Advent Church (NZ). It is located in Kimbolton, near Feilding. Children are supported from Monday to Thursday in all day care and education. This is Little Ark ECE Centre’s first ERO review.

The teaching and learning programme is underpinned by the centre’s clear philosophy, “... founded on Christian principles and values, with an emphasis on nature and health.” Volunteer support staff and cooks interact with children and teaching staff, especially at lunch time when a prepared meal is shared by all. Adults model the centre’s strong commitment to promoting healthy living in family-like contexts.

Children experience both child-initiated, play-based programmes and teacher directed experiences. Staff provide a rich range of activities focussed on the natural environment.

Staff, children and families value the extensive outdoor areas where children extend their curiosity and exploration in farm like surroundings. The “Woodlands” area is a natural environment where children engage in play in all weathers. Suitable bivouac structures provide shelter when necessary. At times children and adults cook and eat outdoors. All reasonable steps are taken to provide a safe environment.

The planned and implemented programme is driven by the centre’s special character providing all children with experiences to become competent, capable learners. Families know and support the centre’s values and programmes.

New Zealand’s bicultural heritage is highly visible and evident in the planned and implemented programme. Interactions are respectful and nurturing.

Opportunities to widen children’s experiences are captured. In 2010, children participated in a dramatic production in the local community hall. The event provided opportunity for families, children and staff to share preparations and the evening experience.

Future Action

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,

Kathleen Atkins
National Manager Review Services
Central Region


About ERO

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.

Review Focus

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.

Review Coverage

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.

Review Recommendations

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,, for ERO office addresses.

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