Paradise For Little Angels - 28/07/2014

1 Evaluation of Paradise For Little Angels

How well placed is Paradise For Little Angels to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Paradise for Little Angels is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children. It has established policies and practices. It now needs to focus more on providing high-quality education for all children as appropriate for a centre in its fifth year of operation.

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.

Background

Paradise for Little Angels caters for children from infants and toddlers to school age. The centre has separate nursery and preschool areas. Each area has its own large outdoor area. Nearly all the teachers are qualified early childhood teachers. The managers own the centre and work in the programmes.

The managers have made appropriate use of the July 2011 ERO report and focused their professional development on establishing and improving long-term planning, staff appraisal and self review. Staff appraisal now includes constructive comments on how teachers can improve child assessment and planning. While satisfactory progress has been made in these areas, they remain areas for continuing development.

The Review Findings

ERO observed children, infants and toddlers who were happy and settled in the centre environment. Relationships among teachers and children are respectful and supportive.

The older children play well together in small groups for long periods of time. They share their ideas, include others in their play and make good use of the resources available to extend their learning.

Teachers have an in-depth knowledge about each child, including their interests and personalities. Some teachers regularly use children’s interests to extend their learning. These teachers engage children in conversations that promote the development of language and thinking skills.

The centre has large outdoor areas for preschool children, infants and toddlers. These areas provide children with many opportunities for exploration, developing physical skills and learning about the natural world.

The nursery provides a calm environment for infants and toddlers. Teachers support each other well. This ensures that the primary caregiver for each child can respond promptly to their children’s needs and care routines.

The manager is increasing her knowledge about te reo and tikanga Māori and supports her staff to continue to develop their skills in this area. She is making more links with the Māori community to extend the pride and confidence of children, teachers and families in New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.

Key Next Steps

The managers and ERO agree that the next key steps for promoting high-quality learning and teaching include:

  • making closer links between the long-term goals, self review, professional development and teacher appraisal
  • developing a better understanding of self review and the way the process improves quality
  • reviewing curriculum leadership in the preschool and nursery rooms to ensure teachers receive the guidance and support that they need
  • continuing to improve child assessment and planning
  • continuing to focus on supporting Māori children to achieve success as Māori

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Paradise For Little Angels 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 two areas of non-compliance.

The service provider must ensure that:

  • all climbing equipment is placed on suitable soft fall
  • sleeping children are physically checked for warmth, breathing and general wellbeing at least every 5-10 minutes.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, R46(1)(a); HS9(1)

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Paradise For Little Angels will be in three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services Southern Region

28 July 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

Rolleston, Canterbury

Ministry of Education profile number

45128

Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

63 children, including up to 15 aged under two

Service roll

102

Gender composition

Boys 54%

Girls 46%

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Asian

Other Ethnicities

13%

80%

3%

4%

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

June 2014

Date of this report

28 July 2014

Most recent ERO report

 

Education Review

July 2011

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.