Southbrook Early Learning Centre - 27/07/2012

1. The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

Southbrook Early Learning Centre caters for children from birth to five years. The centre has three separate areas. The Kiwi Room caters for children from birth to two and a half years of age. The Tui Room caters for children from two and half to four years and the Pukeko Room for children from four to five years. The Tui and Pukeko Rooms share an outdoor area. The Kiwi Room has a separate outdoor play space.

The centre has made considerable progress since the 2009 ERO review report. The managers and teachers have developed plans and practices that show their commitment to Māori succeeding as Māori. Child assessment and planning has become more useful and focused on children's interests and participation in the programmes. The range of resources has increased. Managers, staff and children are focused on sustainability in their environment. The centre has also established closer relationships with the local primary schools. Closer links between the centre and school are now more evident, particularly in the Pukeko Room.

The managers and staff are welcoming to all children, their parents and whānau. Children in the Tui and Pukeko Rooms experience positive and inclusive relationships with their teachers and each other. Teachers are active partners in the children's learning. Parents in the Kiwi, Tui and Pukeko Rooms are kept well informed about their children's learning and progress.

The managers are committed to the ongoing improvement of the service. They have recently developed detailed plans for its future direction and ongoing development. These plans are closely linked to the ways that the managers evaluate the progress that is occurring and professional development support that teachers receive.

The managers and ERO agree that the next steps to continue to improve the quality of children's learning include:

  • extending reporting processes to include more information on the quality of learning and teaching
  • reviewing the planned programme and routines in the Kiwi Room to ensure that there are positive learning outcomes for all infants and toddlers.

The centre has appropriate health and safety systems and practices in place.

Future Action

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

2. Review Priorities

The Focus of the Review

Education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. To reach these findings ERO evaluates:

Pou Whakahaere – how governance and management determines the service’s vision/philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children

Pou Ārahi – how the leadership and capability of all involved, including educators, enhances positive outcomes for children

Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is implemented to achieve positive outcomes for children

Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning reflect diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of partnerships with whānau and self review. ERO evaluates how well placed the centre is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at Southbrook Early Learning Centre.

How well placed is Southbrook Early Learning Centre to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Southbrook Early Learning Centre is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children. The managers have the capability and capacity to improve learning and teaching in the Kiwi Room.

Since the review the managers have sent ERO an action plan that outlines how they will improve the quality of learning and teaching in the Kiwi Room.

Context

The centre philosophy states that the managers and teachers will provide a stimulating environment that nurtures and cares for all children and their families. Individuals will be respected and trusting relationships will be evident. Children will be well supported in their learning by caring and knowledgeable teachers. Parents will be encouraged to be involved in their children's learning and the life of the centre.

The centre moved from two separate licences for younger and older children to one licence for the whole centre. The main change has been the Kiwi Room now caters for infants and toddlers to two and a half years.

Areas of strength

The managers and staff are welcoming to all children, their parents and whānau. Te reo and tikanga Māori are included in meaningful ways throughout the curriculum. Children's transition into and between classrooms is responsive to individual children and family needs.

Children in the Tui and Pukeko Rooms experience positive and inclusive interactions with their teachers and each other. Children confidently approach teachers to share their ideas and to ask for assistance. ERO observed children playing cooperatively in small groups for long periods of time.

Teachers are active partners in the children’s learning. They thoughtfully listen to children and ask meaningful questions. They help children to make good use of the wide range of equipment and resources to develop their ideas and extend their thinking.

Parents are well informed about their children’s learning and progress. Children’s learning is well documented. Teachers make clear links in assessment to parent aspirations for their children and their learning. Wall displays provided good evidence of children’s involvement and enjoyment in the programme.

The managers are committed to the ongoing improvement of the service. They have recently developed plans for the future direction and improvement of the centre. The plans clearly identify the service's priorities and associated goals. These plans are closely linked to ongoing self review, staff appraisal and professional development.

Areas for development and review

The managers and ERO agree that the next steps for the centre include:

  • extending curriculum review and staff appraisal to focus more specifically on the quality of teaching and learning
  • reviewing the planned programme and routines in the Kiwi Room to ensure that there are positive learning outcomes for all infants and toddlers.

3. Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff of Southbrook Early Learning 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 documentation, including policies, procedures and records of recent use of procedures. ERO also checked elements of the following areas that have a potentially high impact on outcomes for children:

  • emotional safety (including behaviour management, prevention of bullying and abuse)
  • physical safety (including behaviour management, sleeping and supervision practices; accidents and medication; hygiene and routines; travel and excursion policies and procedures)
  • staff qualifications and organisation
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

4. Future Action

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Graham Randell National Manager Review Services Southern Region

27 July 2012

About the Centre

Location

Rangiora

Ministry of Education profile number

70051

Licence type

All Day, Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Service roll

103

Gender composition

Girls 45; Boys 58

Ethnic composition

New Zealand European/Pākehā Māori Pacific Island Other ethnicities

89 12 1 1

Review team on site

June 2012

Date of this report

27 July 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

May 2009