Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - 03/07/2015

1 Evaluation of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre

How well placed is Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.

Background

Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre has been under the management of the current owner since April 2012. The centre director, who is one of the centre owners, works closely with the supervisor to manage and improve the centre. The teaching team appointed in 2012 has remained with the centre, providing stability for children and their families.

Children are enrolled at the centre from two years of age. They play and learn together as one group. The 25 children and the three teachers are from varied ethnic backgrounds.

The centre philosophy is based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and is inspired by the education ideas of Reggio Emilia. The philosophy focuses on the importance of positive relationships and high quality interactions, respect for children, and providing a stimulating environment that encourages children to explore.

The 2012 ERO report acknowledged that the new director and staff had made significant improvements. The centre was being well managed and its philosophy was reflected in the teaching and the environment. ERO recommended consolidating programme management systems and strengthening teaching practices and self review. Progress has been made in these areas.

This review was conducted in conjunction with the review of the owners’ new centre in Forrest Hill, Auckland.

The Review Findings

Children and their families benefit from positive and affirming relationships with the staff at the centre. Educational resources and the layout of the environment encourage children to explore and enquire.

Teachers and children have conversations where children’s language and thinking is supported and their creativity is promoted. Teachers give children time to respond to their questions and suggestions.

Teachers acknowledge and celebrate the cultures of the children and teachers at the centre. They are making a concerted effort to learn with children about the culture and language of Māori and the place of Māori in bicultural New Zealand.

Children are able to make decisions about their play because of the flexibility of the programme. Older children have opportunities to take part in a ‘ready for school programme’. However, teachers acknowledge that early literacy and mathematics understanding and skills would be better taught in the context of children’s play. Children’s social skills and independence are encouraged.

Teachers work well in partnership with whānau, and as a team. They spend time talking with parents, and encourage them to contribute to children’s assessment in their portfolios. Families are invited to participate in centre events and are kept well informed through regular newsletters.

There are good management systems and policies in place to guide the operations of the centre. Children’s health and safety is carefully monitored and good records are kept to assure the director that staff are following centre policies and procedures.

Self review is used to guide improvement. Staff are encouraged to reflect on their professional practice. Performance management systems are improvement focused and significant professional development is provided for teachers.

Key Next Steps

The centre director agrees that:

  • assessment and planning could be guided more by parents' contributions, and strengthened by having a greater focus on the interests of individual children and small groups
  • the strategic plan should focus more on teaching and learning
  • staff appraisal could be used to help teachers to reflect more systematically on their professional practice
  • self review could be strengthened by ensuring that the purpose for review is clear and that a more rigorous process is used to plan and carry out reviews.

The director is interested in reviewing the centre’s philosophy to ensure that it reflects the current staff’s beliefs about teaching and learning.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

3 July 2015

The Purpose of ERO Reports

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department that, as part of its work, reviews early childhood services throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. ERO’s reports provide information for parents and communities about each service’s strengths and next steps for development. ERO’s bicultural evaluation framework Ngā Pou Here is described in SECTION 3 of this report. Early childhood services are partners in the review process and are expected to make use of the review findings to enhance children's wellbeing and learning.

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Glendowie, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

20538

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

25 children, over the age of 2 years

Service roll

43

Gender composition

Boys 27

Girls 16

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

South East Asian

Cook Island

Tongan

Middle Eastern

Indian

Niuean

other Asian

other European

11

15

4

3

3

2

1

1

2

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

     
 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2015

Date of this report

3 July 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

August 2012

3 General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

ERO’s Evaluation Framework

ERO’s overarching question for an early childhood education review is ‘How well placed is this service to promote positive learning outcomes for children?’ ERO focuses on the following factors as described in the bicultural framework Ngā Pou Here:

  • 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 arotake – self review and of whanaungatanga – partnerships with parents and whānau.

ERO evaluates how well placed a service is to sustain good practice and make ongoing improvements for the benefit of all children at the service.

A focus for the government is that all children, especially priority learners, have an opportunity to benefit from quality early childhood education. ERO will report on how well each service promotes positive outcomes for all children, with a focus on children who are Māori, Pacific, have diverse needs, and are up to the age of two.

For more information about the framework and Ngā Pou Here refer to ERO’s Approach to Review in Early Childhood Services.

ERO’s Overall Judgement and Next Review

The overall judgement that ERO makes and the timing of the next review will depend on how well placed a service is to promote positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed – The next ERO review in four years
  • Well placed – The next ERO review in three years
  • Requires further development – The next ERO review within two years
  • Not well placed - The next ERO review in consultation with the Ministry of Education

ERO has developed criteria for each category. These are available on ERO’s website.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews are tailored to each service’s context and performance, within the overarching review framework. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.