- 29/11/2010

 

1. Background

Introduction

A Supplementary Review is undertaken at the discretion of a National Manager, Review Services in the Education Review Office (ERO).

A supplementary review evaluates the extent and effectiveness of actions a centre has taken towards addressing issues specified in a previous education review and/or any additional areas identified since that review.

This supplementary review report was prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.

Terms of Reference

This supplementary review is based on an evaluation of the performance of the ABC Whitby South Nursery governing body and management in relation to areas identified in the ERO report or issues identified since that review. The terms of reference for this review are to investigate:

  • leadership and management;
  • assessment, planning and evaluation;
  • self review;
  • personnel; and
  • any additional areas identified during the review.

2. The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

ABC Whitby South Nursery is located in Porirua. ABC Whitby South Nursery was taken over by ABC Developmental Learning Centres (New Zealand) Ltd in May 2007. Early in 2009 a process to review and revise all policies and procedures to better reflect local requirements was implemented. Since January 2010 new staff, including the area manager, centre director and teaching staff, were employed.

In the June 2009 ERO review a number of areas impacting on the quality of education were identified as needing improvement. These included leadership and management, assessment, planning and evaluation, self review and appraisal.

The centre director, supported by the area manager, has made good progress in addressing concerns in these areas. She has established good foundations for ongoing development through team building, and revisiting the centre philosophy, operations and management practices. She has also accessed professional training to support her developing leadership.

The programme is effectively evaluated and teachers clearly identify and document children’s learning through a range of assessment practices. In order to strengthen assessment, planning and evaluation, staff should consider how effectively Māori perspectives and te ao Māori are reflected in teaching practice and the learning programme.

Although staff have evaluated some aspects of centre operations, evidencebased self review is in the early stages of development.

The teaching staff, in response to parents and whānau, are developing transition procedures for children moving to the over two centre. Staff are yet to establish processes for consulting with parents and whānau of Māori children so the centre can be more responsive to their aspirations and expectations.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interests of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again in three years.

3. Findings

Quality of Education

Background

The previous ERO report identified several concerns relating to leadership and management. These include staff appraisals, assessment, planning evaluation and self review practices.

ABC Whitby South Nursery is located in Whitby, Porirua. ABC Whitby South Nursery was taken over by ABC Developmental Learning Centres (New Zealand) Ltd in May 2007. Early in 2009 a process to review and revise all policies and procedures to better reflect local requirements was implemented. Since January 2010 new staff, including the area manager, centre director and teaching staff, were employed.

Areas of progress

The centre director, supported by the area manager, has made good progress in addressing the areas identified for improvement in the previous ERO report. The centre manager has accessed professional development to support her in her new leadership role. She has been developing a team culture on which to base improvement for centre operations and learning and teaching practice.

Efforts to foster the establishment of a supportive team culture include:

  • revisiting the centre and personal philosophies to develop shared understandings of the centre’s approach to infant and toddler education and care;
  • organising centre routines and staff responsibility to enable teachers to be more responsive to the care needs of children;
  • developing programme evaluations that clearly indicate children’s learning and the use of information from a range of sources to decide the programme focus for the following month;
  • improving documentation in children’s profiles to clearly show infants and toddlers development and interests; and
  • beginning to use the ABC Developmental Centres new appraisal documentation to make the staff performance management processes more robust.

Areas for further improvement

Assessment practices used by the teaching team are not inclusive or responsive to parents and whānau. To further strengthen the depth of assessment information, it is timely that the teaching team consider ways to gather parents and whānau contributions and voice to inform the programme.

The inclusion of aspects of te ao Māori within the environment and teacher interactions are not well-established practice. In addition, processes for consulting and communicating with the parents and whānau of Māori children are not in place. Extending the centres recognition and celebration of New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage should assist the teaching team to be more responsive to parent aspirations to enhance the learning outcomes for children.

Self review is in the early stages of development. Continued work on developing evidence-based self-review processes is needed to ensure ongoing reflection and evaluation guide and inform continuous improvement in centre leadership, management and teaching and learning.

4. Recommendations

ERO recommends that in order to improve the outcomes for children, the teaching team:

  • continue to develop assessment, planning and evaluation processes to reflect and deepen children’s learning;
  • integrate aspects of te ao Māori into the learning environment, interactions, programme and assessment; and
  • use evidence-based self review to make informed improvements to the programme, learning environment and interactions.

5. Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interests of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again in three years.

 

Kathleen Atkins

National Manager Review Services

Central Region

29 November 2010

About the Centre

Type

Education and Care Service

Number licensed for

18, including up to 16 aged under 2

Roll number

16

Gender composition

Boys 10, Girls 6

Ethnic composition

New Zealand European/Pākehā 10, Māori 4, Cook Island Māori 1, Samoan 1

Review team on site

October 2010

Date of this report

29 November 2010

Previous ERO reports

Education Review June 2009 Education Review May 2005 Accountability Review January 2001

 

To the Parents and Community of ABC Whitby South Nursery

This supplementary review evaluates the quality of education and care received by the children and the performance of the centre’s management in relation to specific terms of reference.

The Education Review Office [ERO] evaluation of ABC Whitby South Nursery follows.

ABC Whitby South Nursery is located in Porirua. ABC Whitby South Nursery was taken over by ABC Developmental Learning Centres (New Zealand) Ltd in May 2007. Early in 2009 a process to review and revise all policies and procedures to better reflect local requirements was implemented. Since January 2010 new staff, including the area manager, centre director and teaching staff, were employed.

In the June 2009 ERO review a number of areas impacting on the quality of education were identified as needing improvement. These included leadership and management, assessment, planning and evaluation, self review and appraisal.

The centre director, supported by the area manager, has made good progress in addressing concerns in these areas. She has established good foundations for ongoing development through team building, and revisiting the centre philosophy, operations and management practices. She has also accessed professional training to support her developing leadership.

The programme is effectively evaluated and teachers clearly identify and document children’s learning through a range of assessment practices. In order to strengthen assessment, planning and evaluation, staff should consider how effectively Māori perspectives and te ao Māori are reflected in teaching practice and the learning programme.

Although staff have evaluated some aspects of centre operations, evidencebased self review is in the early stages of development.

The teaching staff, in response to parents and whānau, are developing transition procedures for children moving to the over two centre. Staff are yet to establish processes for consulting with parents and whānau of Māori children so the centre can be more responsive to their aspirations and expectations.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interests of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again in 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 do. You should talk to the management or licensee if you have any questions about this evaluation, the full ERO report or their future intentions.

 

Kathleen Atkins

National Manager Review Services

Central Region