Lincoln Road Childcare & Kindergarten - 20/06/2014

1. Evaluation of Lincoln Road Childcare & Kindergarten

How well placed is Lincoln Road Childcare & Kindergarten 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

Lincoln Road Childcare and Kindergarten operates in the premises of the Lincoln Road Bible Chapel in Henderson, West Auckland. It provides education and care for up to 32 children over two years of age. The centre is led by an experienced head teacher, appointed in 2012. The centre continues to benefit from the support of the Chapel management board.

The centre’s roll reflects the increasingly diverse local community. Families’ home languages are highly valued and encouraged in the centre. Teachers are well qualified and value parents’ involvement in their children’s learning.

ERO’s 2011 report identified the need to improve curriculum and management practices. The centre has responded positively to ERO’s recommendations and is continuing to strengthen and consolidate improvements made to date.

The Review Findings

Children are settled and happy in the centre. They experience positive relationships with their peers and teachers. They have access to the outdoor grass and garden areas, and large climbing frames. Children choose their own play, make their own decisions, and work well independently and in small groups. They are becoming confident and competent learners.

Christian values of ‘kindness, joy and respect’ are acknowledged and integrated into the curriculum. Teachers are caring and respectful and prioritise children’s learning and wellbeing. They work at children’s level, allow them time and space, and prompt their extended learning. Children show perseverance and take risks in a welcoming, calm and supportive learning environment.

A separate space is available for children up to three years of age. Tuakana/teina relationships are supported as these children move freely throughout the centre and interact with their older peers. The teachers acknowledge that it is timely to review and consider ways to improve this separate area.

Good relationships between teachers and parents help to inform planning for children’s learning. Some parents remain during sessions and help by reading to groups of children and working alongside them in play areas.

The teaching staff are collaborative and cooperative. They have participated in focused professional learning programmes and have a good understanding of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. They have a good knowledge about how the curriculum supports children’s interests and aspirations. Useful assessment and planning practices provide teachers with a shared understanding of children’s learning and development. Portfolios provide a record of children’s learning over time. Children can revisit their learning through some displays at child height. The head teacher recognises that they could review and improve these displays and children’s access to good quality resources in play areas.

Teachers are inclusive and respect the diversity of cultures in the centre. Some teachers are skilled in using te reo Māori, or children’s own home languages. Cultural diversity is acknowledged through a variety of foods, signage, wall displays and picture books. Teachers are keen to strengthen their understanding and skills in te reo and tikanga Māori. Using Ministry of Education resources such as Ka Hikitia: Managing for Success and Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for teachers of Māori Learners, would support this goal. Teachers should also become familiar with the Ministry’s Pacific Education Plan.

Policies, procedures and monitoring systems are well developed. They support the effective running of the centre and help promote good quality education and care for children. Rigorous monitoring systems are in place and help to sustain good quality practices and improve outcomes for children. Regular meetings and reports maintain relationships and ensure the Church board has good information about centre operations. Spontaneous and systematic self review is consultative and well documented. The head teacher is strengthening and developing the centre’s strategic planning processes.

Key Next Steps

ERO and managers agree that key next steps for the centre are to:

  • support ongoing professional learning and development for teachers to enhance their understanding of curriculum implementation

  • consider ways to further support children to become capable and confident managers of their own learning experiences.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Lincoln Road Childcare & Kindergarten 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 Lincoln Road Childcare & Kindergarten will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

20 June 2014

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

Henderson, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

20100

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

32 children over 2 years of age

Service roll

44

Gender composition

Girls 29

Boys 15

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Indian

African

Chinese

Samoan

other European

other Asian

6

9

5

2

2

2

2

16

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

N/A

 
 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2014

Date of this report

20 June 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

These are available at www.ero.govt.nz

Education Review

April 2011

 

Education Review

April 2008

 

Education Review

June 2005

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.