Maungaturoto Playcentre - 04/09/2013

1 Evaluation of Maungaturoto Playcentre

How well placed is Maungaturoto Playcentre 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.


Maungaturoto Playcentre serves a rural farming community in Maungaturoto. It caters for children from birth to school age on three sessions a week. Families are committed to the playcentre philosophy based on child-initiated play with parents and whānau as the first educators of children.

Maungaturoto Playcentre is part of the Northland Playcentre Association. The Association provides support personnel and organisational frameworks for parent education programmes and centre management.

Centre members responded constructively to the previous ERO reviews and good progress has been made in identified areas for development.

This review was part of a cluster of eight playcentre reviews in the Northland Playcentre Association.

The Review Findings

Respectful relationships form the basis of purposeful connections between parents/whānau and children in the centre community. Children enjoy familiar adults who carefully notice and respond to their learning in meaningful ways. These relationships also enhance links with the local school, the community and other playcentres in the wider area, that benefit both children and adults.

Children are happy and confident in their play. A sense of ownership and choice is effectively promoted in a family-like atmosphere where children play as a mixed-aged group. Adults maintain a useful daily record of activities to support the development of individual plans and records of learning for each child.

Centre members’ model and share a range of effective practices. Together, they have used self review to increase their bicultural awareness and extend their understanding of community history and sense of identity. Members also confidently promote the use of Te Ao Māori in the centre programme.

Ongoing member involvement in education courses is a centre priority. Adults share their learning and network with other centres to improve the quality of the programme. They work together to carry out management roles and responsibilities. Long term and annual planning goals clearly focus on improving outcomes for children. Centre members continue to build their self review capacity using review formats provided by the playcentre association.

Key Next Steps

ERO and centre members agree that the key next steps include:

  • writing programme evaluations to identify learning and progress for groups of children
  • focusing centre reviews more on improving outcomes for children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Maungaturoto Playcentre 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 Maungaturoto Playcentre will be in three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region (Acting)

4 September 2013

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


Maungaturoto, Northland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type


Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 11

Girls 5

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā



Review team on site

July 2013

Date of this report

4 September 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

July 2010


Education Review

February 2007


Education Review

June 2004

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.