Orewa Preschool

Education institution number:
10000
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
20
Telephone:
Address:

200 Lakeside Drive, Orewa

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ERO’s Akanuku | Assurance Review reports provide information about whether a service meets and maintains regulatory standards. Further information about Akanuku | Assurance Reviews is included at the end of this report.

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement

Curriculum

Meeting

Premises and facilities

Not meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

At the time of the review, ERO identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.

Background

Orewa Preschool is a privately-owned centre that offers sessional day care for up to 30 children from the age of two to five years. A service manager and head teacher lead a team of qualified teachers. The June 2018 report found that the service required further development to promote learning outcomes for children. Some progress is evident.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers plan and implement a programme consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, by responding to children’s interests, strengths and capabilities. Children experience a range of learning experiences.

Their learning is supported by positive interactions with teachers in a language-rich environment. The programme acknowledges the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Positive steps are taken by the service to build on parents’ and whānau aspirations for their children. Leaders and teachers regularly share information with parents and encourage their involvement in decision making about their children’s learning.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found areas of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • at least one of the toilets used by the children is designed to provide them with some sense of privacy.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, PF22.

Since the onsite visit, the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows that it has addressed the following non-compliances:

  • sufficient spaces for equipment and materials to be stored safely (PF8)
  • suitable facilities are provided for washing sick and soiled children and a procedure for outlining how hygiene and infection control will be met when washing sick and soiled children (PF26)
  • the premises are located in a building that has a current Fire Evacuation Scheme approved by the New Zealand Fire Service (HS4)
  • all children’s workers who have access to children are safety checked in accordance with the Children’s Act 2014 (GMA7A).

Recommendation to Ministry of Education

ERO recommends the Ministry follows up with the service provider to ensure that non-compliances identified in this report are addressed promptly.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

11 February 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Orewa Preschool

Profile Number

10000

Location

Orewa, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 0 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%+

Service roll

18

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 14
other ethnic groups 4

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

11 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2018
Education Review May 2014.

General Information about Assurance Reviews

All services are licensed under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008. The legal requirements for early childhood services also include the Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008.

Services must meet the standards in the regulations and the requirements of the licensing criteria to gain and maintain a licence to operate.

ERO undertakes an Akanuku | Assurance Review process in any centre-based service:

  • having its first ERO review – including if it is part of a governing organisation
  • previously identified as ‘not well placed’ or ‘requiring further development’
  • that has moved from a provisional to a full licence
  • that have been re-licenced due to a change of ownership
  • where an Akanuku | Assurance Review process is determined to be appropriate.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

All early childhood services are required to promote children’s health and safety and to regularly review their compliance with legal requirements. Before the review, the staff and management of a service 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.

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO assesses whether the regulated standards are being met. In particular, ERO looks at a 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 certification; ratios)
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

As part of an Akanuku | Assurance Review ERO also gathers and records evidence through:

  • discussions with those involved in the service
  • consideration of relevant documentation, including the implementation of health and safety systems
  • observations of the environment/premises, curriculum implementation and teaching practice.

1 Evaluation of Orewa Preschool

How well placed is Orewa Preschool to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

The service needs support to develop the effectiveness of the centre's management and teaching practices.

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

Background

Orewa Preschool, previously known as Orewa Private Kindergarten, provides full-day or sessional early childhood education and care for up to 30 children from the age of two to five years. The centre is located in a well established residential area of Orewa.

The centre has undergone significant change since the 2014 ERO review. It changed ownership in November 2017 to The Wee Wisdom Group, a privately owned company that owns several early childhood services in the upper North Island. The general manager of this organisation provides administrative and professional support to the centre. A newly appointed centre manager, who is also a teacher at the centre, oversees daily operations and has responsibility for the programme provided for children. There has been a full turnover of teaching staff over the past three years.

The service's philosophy is currently under review. It promotes mixed-age play and encourages whānau to work in partnership with teachers.

The Review Findings

Children receive good quality care. They enjoy friendly and unhurried interactions with adults and each other. The relaxed environment is inviting to parents. Children with additional needs are welcomed and teachers have a strong focus on meeting their needs.

The learning environment is attractive and children's work is celebrated. Displays are accessible, allowing children to revisit their learning experiences. Consideration should now be given to how resources and the learning environment can better provoke children's interest and invite them to extend their play.

Teachers work closely alongside children in play. They need more opportunities to observe children in their play and reflect on how they recognise and respond to children's learning.

Teachers plan a programme that provides children with opportunities to develop early literacy and mathematical skills in meaningful ways. They share te reo Māori with children through visual cues, music, vocabulary and in their learning stories.

The programme provides a variety of opportunities for children to play. The teaching team is introducing new planning approaches that respond to children's interests and identify individual learning goals. These planning systems could be strengthened by teachers documenting their planned actions to support learning goals. Programme evaluations would also be strengthened by identifying learning outcomes for children.

Governance practices have been strengthened. The new owners have placed an appropriate focus on updating centre policies to align with current legal requirements. Backing up some of these policies with useful documented procedures that underpin good practice is supporting the health and safety of adults and children in the centre.

As the new teaching team becomes established a stronger sense of common purpose is evident. The new centre manager has introduced an emergent and distributive leadership model in which all staff have a portfolio of responsibilities to lead centre developments.

The general manager has introduced staff appraisal systems and these are in the beginning stages of implementation. There is a need for more professional learning and development opportunities to support the centre manager and staff to increase their confidence in working with current theories of teaching and learning.

A strategic plan is in place to guide centre direction and improvements. The new owner needs to put in place an annual centre budget that is aligned with its goals and priorities. This budget should adequately fund the time required for teachers to implement improved systems and programme planning approaches. Greater transparency and collaboration between governance and centre management will support appropriate future resourcing decisions that promote positive outcomes for children.

Key Next Steps

Many of the centre's management and teaching practices are in the early stages of development. Centre managers should:

  • broaden programme planning, assessment and evaluation approaches to focus on children's learning outcomes and include teachers' evaluation of their practice

  • strengthen teaching practices that focus on extending children's learning in the context of play

  • review the learning environment to better promote children’s access to resources that provide challenge and complexity, and actively engage them as learners

  • grow the confidence and capability of new leaders to build a cohesive professional teaching team and to lead centre developments

  • provide effective financial management that ensures the sustainability of improved practices.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Orewa Preschool 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

The Ministry of Education is yet to carry out its change of ownership inspection of the centre premises.

Actions for compliance

ERO identified areas of non-compliance relating to health and safety and management practices. To meet requirements the service needs to improve its performance in the following areas:

  • an appropriate, safe and stable nappy changing facility

  • an annual budget setting out the service's estimated revenue and expenses for the year, including staffing costs, professional development costs, and equipment and material costs for the ongoing purchase of new equipment and consumable resources.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, PF25, GMA9

Development Plan Recommendation

ERO recommends that the service, in consultation with the Ministry of Education, develops a plan to address the key next steps and actions outlined in this report.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Orewa Preschool will be within two years.

Julie Foley

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern (Acting)

Te Tai Raki - Northern Region

21 June 2018

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

Orewa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

10000

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children, over 2 years of age

Service roll

29

Gender composition

Boys 19 Girls 10

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Tongan
Indian
British/Irish

2
24
1
1
1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+ Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

May 2018

Date of this report

21 June 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

May 2014

Education Review

April 2011

Education Review

February 2008

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.