City Kids Childcare Centre - 29/11/2017

1 Evaluation of City Kids Childcare Centre

How well placed is City Kids Childcare 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

City Kids Childcare Centre is located in Thorndon, Wellington. It operates as a nonprofit parent cooperative and provides all day education and care for up to 28 children, including two under 2 years. Of the 31 children attending five identify as Māori.

A small management committee of parents governs the centre with the support of a supervisor. Over December-January 2016 the centre relocated for a period of 6 weeks while the buildings underwent earthquake strengthening and updating of the internal environment.

Since the July 2014 ERO review, a new supervisor has been appointed and several changes of teachers and committee members have occurred. Changes have been made to the operations of the teaching team to better support children and their learning within the centre.

ERO's previous evaluation identified the need to further develop appraisal, assessment and evaluation practices and to strengthen understanding and implementation of evidence based selfreview and teacher inquiry processes. Some progress is evident.

The Review Findings

Children are encouraged to be independent, confident learners. There are regular opportunities for them to learn in the local and wider community. Opportunities are made to promote science, sustainability, literacy and mathematics.

Children with diverse needs have their needs well identified and are referred to relevant support agencies. Individual learning plans are developed in consultation with parents. Teachers are starting to use assessment documentation to monitor these children’s progress against their plans and identify their next learning steps.

Children, including those nearing two years, and families are supported by established transition processes on entry to the centre and onward to primary school.

Teachers know the children well. They are focused on developing positive relationships with the children. Teachers draw on their knowledge of children’s interests to engage with them and extend their learning. Teachers have attended PLD to focus on and deepen their knowledge of supporting children to grow their social competence.

Children's learning and development are celebrated and shared through e-Portfolios, parent interviews and ongoing conversations. Whānau are actively involved in children's learning and events that strengthen relationships between home and centre, and the wider community.

Leaders and teachers are exploring ways to engage with children’s culture, language and identity. Te ao Māori is visible in the centre environment, through artefacts, resources and wall displays. A next step is for teachers to strengthen the inclusion of te ao Māori into the curriculum in meaningful ways.

Leaders identify the need to continue to strengthen assessment, planning and evaluation processes. Documentation should clearly show how teachers:

  • plan specific, challenging teaching strategies that directly impact on children's learning

  • draw on information about children's culture and parents' aspirations for their children's learning to inform assessment, planning and evaluation

  • monitor children's progress over time.

Processes to grow teacher practice require strengthening. An appraisal procedure for teachers should be developed and implemented urgently. This should include:

  • specific and challenging goals with critical feedback and feed-forward

  • targeted observations of teacher practice

  • evidence to clearly demonstrate ongoing progress in relation to the teacher professional standards

  • teacher inquiry into the impact of their teaching practices on outcomes for children.

The centre leader uses knowledge of current best practice to guide and inform change. Some selfreview processes consider change and how to bring about improvement. Leaders and teachers should continue to develop and increase shared understanding of effective evidence-based internal evaluation to grow practice and enhance decision making.

The management committee is supportive and improvement focused. It receives regular useful reports from the supervisor to guide decision making, and oversees issues about the overall administration of the centre.

In 2017, leaders reviewed the centre's philosophy in consultation with the community, to reflect the views of the current community and staff. A comprehensive strategic plan to guide the centre's new direction has been developed. It is timely to review and document expectations of roles and responsibilities to reflect the new strategic direction and establish what these will look like in practice. This should support leaders to gain an explicit understanding of their role.

Key Next Steps

ERO has identified, and centre leaders agree, that key next steps are to:

  • strengthen assessment, evaluation and planning processes

  • explore and implement processes to induct and grow teacher practices

  • improve appraisal processes including ways to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching practice

  • review and document expectations of the centre roles and responsibilities

  • develop shared understanding of effective internal evaluation practices.

In addition teachers need to build their confidence in including te ao Māori in the curriculum.

ERO suggests that the service develops a plan to address the areas for further improvement and actions outlined in this report.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of City Kids Childcare 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.

ERO identified an area of non-compliance relating to appraisal of staff.

To meet requirements the service needs to improve its performance by developing an ongoing process of staff appraisal that helps the service maintain and improve the quality of its education and care.
[Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA7.]

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of City Kids Childcare Centre will be in three years.

Patricia Davey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central (Acting)

Te Tai Pokapū - Central Region

29 November 2017

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

Thorndon

Ministry of Education profile number

60259

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

28 children, including up to 2 aged under 2

Service roll

31

Gender composition

Boys 20, Girls 11

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Chinese
Other ethnicities

5
18
4
4

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:3

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

October 2017

Date of this report

29 November 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2014

Education Review

August 2011

Education Review

May 2008

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.