Mt Royal Early Learning Centre - 25/03/2013

1 Background

Introduction

A Supplementary Review is undertaken at the discretion of a National Manager, Review Services in the Education Review Office (ERO).

A supplementary review evaluates the extent and effectiveness of actions a centre has taken towards addressing issues specified in a previous education review.

Terms of Reference

Mt Royal Early Learning CentreThis supplementary review is based on an evaluation of the performance of thegoverning body and management in relation to areas identified in the December 2011 ERO report. The terms of reference for this review are to investigate:

  • the quality of education, including interactions, routines and programme planning
  • the extent to which centre managers have improved the learning environment
  • the extent to which centre managers have improved self-review and management practices
  • any other issues relevant to the management and operation of the centre that arise in the course of the review.

2 The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

Mt Royal Early Learning Centre is located in Mt Albert, Auckland. The centre provides full day education and care for children from six months to five years of age.

ERO’s 2011 review identified concerns relating to the teaching programme, provision of resources and management practices including self review. Since the last review the centre has changed ownership. The new owners and teachers have made good progress in addressing ERO’s concerns and the service is now becoming better placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

Centre practices and programmes are underpinned by an inclusive philosophy that is clearly evident in the programme. Parents appreciate the open communication with staff and the opportunities they have to contribute to their child’s programme and learning.

One of the two owners is also the centre manager. She provides leadership and support for the four qualified and registered teachers, three of whom are provisionally registered.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.

3 Findings

Since ERO’s 2011 review the Ministry of Education has relicensed the centre under the 2008 regulations. At the time of this review the new owners and teaching team had been operating for four months.

Areas of strength

Respectful staff relationships exist within a positive and supportive environment. There is a calm and settled atmosphere in the centre. Teachers are caring and actively involved with children in their play. Children are confident and interact positively with their peers. They enjoy the opportunity to select play areas and engage in individual or group play for extended periods of time.

Relationships between teachers, children and families are welcoming, warm and contribute to the centre’s purposeful atmosphere. A number of communication initiatives keep parents well informed about the service and the programme for children. Centre leaders are exploring ways to use social media to further build positive relationships with families.

Good progress has been made in improving teaching practices and programme routines. Teachers are receptive to new ideas that support children’s learning and development. Centre programmes are responsive to children’s interests and allow time for their learning to develop. The centre celebrates diversity and programmes are inclusive of Māori, Pacific and other cultures.

Good structures are in place to support the improvement of programme planning, assessment and evaluation. Assessment and evaluation practices now inform planning. Teachers reflect and respond to children’s emerging and ongoing interests. Good guidelines and monitoring systems support teachers in the development of their practice.

The indoor and outdoor learning environments have been upgraded and improved, providing stimulus and interest for children’s play. Play areas are effectively organised and promote extended play for both younger and older children. Well managed routines ensure that children use the equipment respectfully and appropriately.

Areas for further improvement

The centre manager and teachers have identified the need to develop and implement strategic planning across the centre. Establishing long-term and annual goals will give focus and direction to curriculum and operational planning.

ERO and the centre manager agree that staff should implement a cycle of self review that guides development across all areas of centre operations and focuses on making ongoing improvements to the quality of education.

4 Recommendation

ERO recommends that centre leaders and teachers continue to develop and refine self review and centre operations to guide ongoing development.

5 Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region

25 March 2013

About the Centre

Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

24 children, including up to 4 children under two years of age

Roll number

22

Gender composition

Boys 18 Girls 4

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 14,

Māori 2,

Indian 3,

Samoan 3

Review team on site

January 2013

Date of this report

25 March 2013

Previous ERO reports

Education Review, November 2011

Education Review, September 2008

Education Review, September 2005

25 March 2013

To the Parents and Community of Mt Royal Early Learning Centre

This supplementary review evaluates the quality of education and care received by the children and the performance of the centre’s management in relation to specific terms of reference.

The Education Review Office [ERO] evaluation of Mt Royal Early Learning Centre follows.

Mt Royal Early Learning Centre is located in Mt Albert, Auckland. The centre provides full day education and care for children from six months to five years of age.

ERO’s 2011 review identified concerns relating to the teaching programme, provision of resources and management practices including self review. Since the last review the centre has changed ownership. The new owners and teachers have made good progress in addressing ERO’s concerns and the service is now becoming better placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

Centre practices and programmes are underpinned by an inclusive philosophy that is clearly evident in the programme. Parents appreciate the open communication with staff and the opportunities they have to contribute to their child’s programme and learning.

One of the two owners is also the centre manager. She provides leadership and support for the four qualified and registered teachers, three of whom are provisionally registered.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.

When ERO has reviewed an early childhood centre we encourage management to inform their community of any follow-up action they plan to do. You should talk to the management or licensee if you have any questions about this evaluation, the full ERO report or their future intentions.

If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact the centre or see the ERO website, http://www.ero.govt.nz.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region