Central Kids Kindergartens - Turangi - 20/02/2017

1 Evaluation of Central Kids Kindergartens - Tūrangi

How well placed is Central Kids Kindergartens - Tūrangi 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

Central Kids Kindergartens – Tūrangi operates under the umbrella of Central North Island Kindergarten Trust (CNIKT). The kindergarten is licensed to cater for 40 children from two years to school age. A high percentage of children enrolled are identified as Māori. The kindergarten is open from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm, five days a week.

The kindergarten's recently reviewed philosophy focuses on all tamariki receiving quality education and care, respectful relationships with the community, embracing the value of whakawhanaungatanga and creating a bicultural environment.

Since the 2013 ERO review teachers have strengthened aspects of self review, made learning more visible within the centre and documentation, and mentoring colleagues in bi-cultural practices.

The centre is well supported by the CNIKT. The trust’s strategic direction sets out the service’s vision, expected educational outcomes, and values. It also defines the strategies for delivering the principles and strands of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and for respecting Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The trust works positively to provide equitable opportunities to families by extending its hours of opening.

Compliance and regulatory requirements are well monitored by professional leaders. Policies and procedures support the kindergarten to meet regulation requirements and management expectations. The professional leaders work alongside head teachers to support their leadership roles and provide guidance, and mentor teachers as part of the appraisal process. Kindergarten teachers have generous opportunities to attend professional development and to grow their teaching and leadership skills.

Personnel matters are well managed. The trust has undertaken a long-term review of teacher appraisal in consultation with teachers. This is enabling them to respond to the expectations of the Education Council and increase the depth of teachers’ reflections about their practice. The trust has also responded effectively to the Vulnerable Children’s Act, and has met the required changes to policies and practices for the protection of children.

This review was part of a cluster of six reviews in the Central North Island Kindergarten Trust.

The Review Findings

Teachers provide high quality learning programmes that motivate and challenge children. There is a strong emphasis on fostering independence, social skills and promoting children’s interests. Teachers value parent and whānau aspirations for their children and work collaboratively and responsively to achieve them. Children benefit from extensive opportunities to revisit prior learning and engage in sustained play and exploration.

Warm and respectful relationships with key teachers and other staff provide a sense of security and belonging for all children. Teaching practices include in-depth conversations and questioning to extend children’s thinking. Teachers work in partnership with external agencies and parents of children with specific behavioural and learning needs to ensure these children participate in all aspects of the programme alongside their peers.

A resource rich learning environment supports children to choose activities, experience challenge and revisit prior learning. Programmes include Māori concepts, knowledge, attitudes, te reo Māori, and customs. Children have good access to a wide range of natural materials and artefacts that reflect the cultural backgrounds of each child, their families and whānau.

Teachers know about local hapū and iwi, history, and sites of significance and kawa. They take personal responsibility for learning te reo Māori and promoting tikanga through kapa haka and teaching moments captured within assessments and evaluations. This knowledge is incorporated in learning programmes in a meaningful, and respectful manner, and shared with the wider education sector. Assessment and planning supports the development of Māori children's culture and identity, and that of other children.

Teachers provide meaningful learning contexts for children to develop oral language, literacy and numeracy skills. They know about current theories of learning, teaching and development. This knowledge is used to design a comprehensive curriculum that is highly responsive to the strengths and interests of children. Excursions provide opportunities for children to learn about the local and wider community.

Successful transitions are supported by effective partnerships between families, services and schools. Children’s sense of belonging is nurtured during transitions into and within the service, and when moving to school.

The head teacher is committed to establishing a culture in which children are first and foremost valued, celebrated, and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning. Self-review practices have been strengthened and involve teachers monitoring and improving the quality of education. Management are continuing to review and refine assessment and appraisal practices in relation to recent professional development and best practice. 

Key Next Steps

ERO and management agree that there is a need to continue to:

  • establish the new inquiry approach into the appraisal system, including gathering evidence from multiple sources

  • develop systems and procedures to ensure that monitoring requirements are recorded in accordance with Central North Island Kindergarten Trust expectations.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Central Kids Kindergartens - Tūrangi 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 Central Kids Kindergartens - Tūrangi will be in three years.

Lynda Pura-Watson

Deputy Chief Review Officer Waikato/Bay of Plenty

20 February 2017

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service 

Location

Tūrangi

Ministry of Education profile number

5204

Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, aged over 2

Service roll

41

Gender composition

Boys 23 Girls 18

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Other

37

3

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2016

Date of this report

20 February 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

 

Education Review

July 2013

Education Review

July 2010

Education Review

June 2006

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.

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.