Whataupoko Playcentre - 27/02/2012

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 and/or any additional areas identified since that review.

Terms of Reference

This supplementary review is based on an evaluation of the performance of the Whataupoko Playcentre governing body and management in relation to areas identified in the 2010 ERO report or issues identified since that review. The terms of reference for this review are to investigate parent educators’:

  • alignment of practice with centre philosophy
  • use of reflective practices in assessment and programme evaluation
  • skills in developing child-led learning
  • integration of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori
  • response to areas of health and safety non-compliance identified in the previous report.

2 The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

Whataupoko Playcentre is one of eight playcentres administrated by the Tairawhiti Playcentre Association. The centre is currently holding a provisional licence. At the time of this review, new office holders had been appointed and parents stated they are committed to the centre. Progress has been made since the previous review in 2010.

Adults create a relaxed, inclusive environment for children and their families. Children are well supported in their learning. Significant value is placed on the spontaneous inclusion of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori in the environment and learning programme. All children are affirmed for their strengths.

A collegial team rapport is evident and centre members support and learn from and with each other. Documentation of programme planning has been strengthened and shows evidence of parents’ recognition of children’s interests.

This report evaluates the quality of education and care for children. It identifies the positive progress made since the previous ERO review in the areas of compliance, programme, integration of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and self review. Members agree with ERO that they need to increase the use of open-ended questions in conversations with children and strengthen their review of the centre programme.

Future Action

ERO intends to return to the centre within 24 months to evaluate the progress made in response to the recommendations in this report.

3 Findings

Background

The November 2010 ERO report identified concerns about parent educators’ alignment of practice with centre philosophy, self review, skills in developing child-led learning, health and safety compliance and integration of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Parents have responded positively to these areas for development.

Areas of progress

Programme The teaching and learning programme is underpinned by the centre’s philosophy, reflects the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum and encourages child-led learning. ERO’s evaluation affirms that:

  • children and adults have warm, supportive relationships and interactions
  • children are supported to make independent decisions about their learning and resource choices
  • children have good access to a wide range of age appropriate resources and equipment
  • children use profiles to revisit experiences and share these with adults and peers
  • members plan the programme using observations of children’s learning and session evaluations.

Children learn in an encouraging and respectful environment where their voices are valued.

Self review Self review is used to reflect on the quality of children’s learning and care and centre operations. This happens through:

  • programme evaluations that are a good description of children’s interests and learning
  • evaluation of learning stories in profile books to capture the essence of individual children’s current and emerging interests.

Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori Processes to integrate te reo me ngā tikanga Māori are well planned. Experiences are naturally woven into the session and regularly evaluated by parents. Development in this area has been driven by Māori parents. Centre members are focused on building the capacity and confidence of adults and children.

Compliance Since the previous ERO review the association has worked with parents and office holders to further develop their understanding and implementation of health and safety requirements. ERO finds that centre members take all reasonable steps to provide a safe emotional and physical environment for children.

Areas for further improvement

ERO and the parent educators discussed and agreed the following areas to improve practice:

Learning conversations Some parents are skilled at extending children’s learning through conversations. More frequent use of open-ended questions that raise children’s curiosity and encourage their ideas should draw them into conversations that extend learning.

Self review Members actively discuss and evaluate children’s learning. Strengthening this review by recording in profiles responses to children’s current and emergent interests should enable their experiences to be tracked over time.

4 Future Action

ERO intends to return to the centre within 24 months to evaluate the progress made in response to the recommendations in this report.

Kathleen Atkins

National Manager Review Services

Central Region

27 February 2012

About the Centre

Licence type

Playcentre

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 1998

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Roll number

28

Gender composition

Boys 16, Girls 12

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 11,

Māori 10,

European 5,

Chinese 2

Review team on site

November 2011

Date of this report

27 February 2012

Previous ERO reports

Education Review November 2010

Education Review July 2007

Education Review June 2004

27 February 2012

To the Parents and Community of Whataupoko Playcentre

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 Whataupoko Playcentre follows.

Whataupoko Playcentre is one of eight playcentres administrated by the Tairawhiti Playcentre Association. The centre is currently holding a provisional licence. At the time of this review, new office holders had been appointed and parents stated they are committed to the centre. Progress has been made since the previous review in 2010.

Adults create a relaxed, inclusive environment for children and their families. Children are well supported in their learning. Significant value is placed on the spontaneous inclusion of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori in the environment and learning programme. All children are affirmed for their strengths.

A collegial team rapport is evident and centre members support and learn from and with each other. Documentation of programme planning has been strengthened and shows evidence of parents’ recognition of children’s interests.

This report evaluates the quality of education and care for children. It identifies the positive progress made since the previous ERO review in the areas of compliance, programme, integration of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and self review. Members agree with ERO that they need to increase the use of open-ended questions in conversations with children and strengthen their review of the centre programme.

Future Action

ERO intends to return to the centre within 24 months to evaluate the progress made in response to the recommendations in this report.

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.

Kathleen Atkins

National Manager Review Services

Central Region