The Learning Corner Early Learning Centre - 06/10/2017

1 Evaluation of The Learning Corner Early Learning Centre

How well placed is The Learning Corner Early Learning Centre 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

The Learning Corner Early Learning Centre in Ellerslie is licensed for 60 children, including up to 20 under two years of age. It has separate play areas for children over and under two years of age.

The owner has six centres in Auckland and Hamilton and is responsible for centre governance. The centre has six qualified teachers who are mainly new to the centre since a change of ownership in 2014. This is the first ERO review of the centre under its new ownership and management.

The centre's vision and philosophy promote interactive learning and fun for children. It acknowledges the importance of providing a family friendly environment for its diverse community.

The Review Findings

Children are friendly, confident and expressive. They interact well with their peers and teachers and actively engage in their play. Children are empowered to take increasing responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of others. Their social and emotional competence and their curiosity for learning are well promoted. Children are encouraged to develop self management and responsibility. They also participate in excursions that support their interests.

The programme for children over two years of age allows them to make decisions about their own play and freely explore the well resourced learning environments. Teachers take time to genuinely listen to children and foster their language development. Teachers use good practices to support and extend children's learning through play.

Teachers provide positive, sensitive and nurturing care for infants and toddlers in an inviting separate area with plentiful resources. Children with special learning needs are well supported.

Centre leaders are committed to continue strengthening the service's bicultural curriculum. Te reo Māori is a feature in children's play. Cultural events such as Matariki are celebrated with children.

Teachers promote the joy of learning through play. Literacy and numeracy are integrated well throughout the programme. A sense of belonging is nurtured during and after transitions into and within the service.

The service is very welcoming to children and families. Teachers offer many opportunities to keep parents informed and involved. Parents participate in and contribute to the programme for children on occasion.

The programme, planning and assessment processes are aligned with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Planning and assessment is individualised and responsive to children's learning abilities and interests.

Processes for internal evaluation are well established. Teachers regularly engage in self review with a focus on improving outcomes for children. Managers are strengthening contact with their other services to promote opportunities for professional learning to improve practices.

The centre is well led. An effective leadership and professional learning structure is underway which is improving teaching practice.

Key Next Steps

Key next steps for ongoing improvement include:

  • embedding effective teaching strategies for children under two, to further support their exploration and curiosity
  • reviewing the centre's philosophy and strategic planning to ensure alignment and relevance
  • strengthening internal evaluation by using indicators of effective practice
  • reviewing, rationalising and distinguishing between policies and procedures.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of The Learning Corner 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 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 The Learning Corner Early Learning Centre will be in three years. 

Graham Randell
Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

6 October 2017 

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

Ellerslie, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

45972

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

60 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Service roll

64

Gender composition

Girls       35
Boys      29

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Asian
Indian
British
Canadian
Cook Islands Māori

  2
37
14
  4
  4
  2
  1

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

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

July 2017

Date of this report

6 October 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

April 2014

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.