ABC Rangiora North - 07/05/2013

1 Evaluation of the Service

How well placed is the service to promote positive outcomes for children?

ABC Rangiora North is well placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

Context

ABC Rangiora North is a small, well-resourced and welcoming centre. Since the January 2010 ERO review, the centre has new owners (Kidicorp Ltd) and has been relicensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008. The management and teachers have also addressed all areas of non-compliance from the previous ERO report. At the time of this review, the centre had good systems for providing a safe and secure learning environment for children.

The centre manager and Kidicorp management are focused on making ongoing improvements to the programme and practices. They provide effective leadership and management in supporting the wellbeing and learning of the children.

A positive feature of the centre is the recently upgraded outdoor area. It provides all children with an increasingly good range of physical activities and opportunities to learn about the natural world.

Review Findings

Children and their families are warmly welcomed into a friendly and inclusive learning environment. Children benefit from positive and supportive relationships with their teachers. Children play well with and alongside others.

Teachers provide an interesting and well organised learning environment. This includes many opportunities for children to be involved in literacy, numeracy and creative experiences. Teachers actively involve themselves in children’s play and encourage children’s conversations.

The nursery area caters well for a small number of children. Teachers provide high quality care and learning in this well resourced room. Infants and toddlers are well supported by two permanent qualified teachers. Teachers respond to the individual needs and preferences of the children and respect their choices in the programme. They help children to develop self-help and independence skills. When appropriate, older children in the preschool can visit and play with younger children in the nursery.

Teachers value parent contribution. They are increasing the range of ways they seek parents' views and involve them in the programme and social events. Parents are well informed about their children’s participation in the learning programme through attractive individual profile books, informative wall displays and regular newsletters.

The professional services manager, centre manager and teachers have used an effective self-review process to review the centre philosophy. They have developed a positive team culture. Together they are introducing a new centre philosophy that is becoming evident at all levels of the centre’s operation. Teachers are well supported to develop their curriculum knowledge, teaching practices and leadership skills.

Key Next Steps

Kidicorp managers and the centre manager have identified, and ERO agrees, that they need to:

  • deepen the evaluation of teaching and its impact on children’s learning
  • increase the teachers' ability to use self-review processes
  • give greater prominence to bicultural perspectives in all aspects of curriculum and management.

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of ABC Rangiora North completed an ERO Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • curriculum
  • premises and facilities
  • health and safety practices
  • governance, management and administration.

During the review, ERO looked at the service’s systems for managing the following areas that have a potentially high impact on children's wellbeing:

  • emotional safety (including positive guidance and child protection)
  • physical safety (including supervision; sleep procedures; accidents; medication; hygiene; excursion policies and procedures)
  • suitable staffing (including qualification levels; police vetting; teacher registration; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

All early childhood services are required to promote children's health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements.

3 Next Review

When is ERO likely to review the early childhood service again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services

Southern Region

Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Rangiora, North Canterbury

Ministry of Education profile number

65019

Licence type

Education and Care Service (All Day)

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

44 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Service roll

59

Gender composition

Girls 32

Boys 27

Ethnic composition

New Zealand European/Pākehā

Māori

Other Ethnicities

54

3

2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Exceeds minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Exceeds minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2013

Date of this report

7 May 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

January 2010

November 2006

General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

About ERO Reviews

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that reviews schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.

Review focus

ERO's education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. ERO evaluates how well placed the service is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at the service. To reach these findings ERO considers:

  • Pou Whakahaere – how the service determines its vision, philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children
  • Pou Ārahi – how leadership is enacted to enhance positive outcomes for children
  • Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is designed to achieve positive outcomes for children
  • Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning respond to diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of self review and partnerships with parents and whānau.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of service 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 the service.