Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten

Education institution number:
25015
Service type:
Education and Care Service
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
42
Telephone:
Address:

17 Wellington Street, Howick, Auckland

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1 Evaluation of Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten

How well placed is Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten 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

Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten is a well established centre with an all-day licence for up to 40 children. The centre offers five morning sessions and four afternoon extension sessions for three to five-year old children. It is governed by a management team that includes a representative of the church, Chairperson, centre manager, administrator and parents. It is staffed by nine qualified teachers who have worked together for over four years, and an administrator.

A strong Christian ethos is an integral part of the philosophy, and centre operations and the curriculum is underpinned by Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. The centre serves an increasingly multicultural community in Howick. The kindergarten emphasises the value of communication and building partnerships with the whole family to achieve good quality learning outcomes for their children.

Since the 2013 ERO review the management team has redeveloped the outdoor play area and created a natural looking all-weather play space. They have increased the number of afternoon sessions and increased children's access to technology. Teachers have engaged in whole centre and individual professional learning that include a focus on bicultural practice, teaching as inquiry, and children's transition to school.

The Review Findings

Children in this centre have fun, engage in sustained play and enjoy the company of their teachers and peers. They are confident, have a strong sense of belonging, and respect for themselves and others. Children have good opportunities to explore, solve problems and make choices about their play. They know teachers' expectations, have a positive attitude to learning, and relate well to others. Children are eager, capable learners who understand concepts of fairness and responsibility.

Respectful, supportive relationships and a relaxed atmosphere underpin the centre’s welcoming and inclusive tone. Managers and staff value community involvement in the centre. Parents/whānau receive good information about their children's learning and are encouraged to take an active part in the centre's programme and events.

Teachers know children well, listening carefully and encouraging them to talk about their ideas. They are responsive to children’s ideas, needs and preferences. Teachers interact sensitively with children to support and build on the learning in their play.

Teachers foster children's English language development and affirm the use of children's home languages during play. Some teachers talk with children in their home languages. Teachers provide good opportunities for children to develop their physical skills, and nurture their creativity and imagination. Science, literacy and mathematics concepts are also integrated through play and planned activities.

Teachers plan a balance of child and teacher-led activities. They provide a well resourced, carefully organised environment. Displays reflect the centre's values and the use of New Zealand Sign Language. Teachers acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua. They are increasing their use of te reo Māori and their understanding of tikanga Māori. Teachers are keen to further develop bicultural practices and to strengthen support for children's home languages and cultural identities.

Teachers work collaboratively as a team, with a high degree of relational trust. They have high expectations and are beginning to use self review to reflect on, and identify ways to improve, their practice. Professional development is encouraged, as are opportunities to share and build teachers' leadership capability.

Managers have a strong commitment to providing a high quality service. They encourage a culture of teacher reflection, sharing good practice and ongoing improvement. Centre operations are guided by a considered approach to management and governance. The centre's philosophy, currently under review by staff, is evident in all aspects of the centre. Strengthening the strategic plan would help the management team to evaluate their success in achieving the newly developed centre vision.

Key Next Steps

Managers agree that next steps could include:

  • increasing the recognition of children's cultural identity in assessment portfolios

  • strengthening strategic and annual planning

  • further developing self review to include a focus on progress towards the service's vision, philosophy and strategic direction

  • strengthening the staff appraisal process.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten 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 Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten will be in three years.

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

9 September 2016

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

Howick, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

25015

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children over 2 years of age

Service roll

47

Gender composition

Girls 26 Boys 21

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Chinese

Indian

Asian

Tongan

other

1

23

11

3

3

1

5

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%+

Based on funding rates

80% +

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

June 2016

Date of this report

9 September 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2013

Education Review

July 2010

Education Review

June 2007

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.

1 Evaluation of Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten

How well placed is Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten 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

Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten borders the local shopping complex. It has been in operation for over thirty years. Christian beliefs underpin the centre philosophy. The centre benefits from a stable team of teachers, one of whom was appointed supervisor in 2012. Teachers work collaboratively to provide a range of skills and experience.

The centre is licensed to provide all day education and care for 40 children from three years to school age. All children attend morning sessions. Afternoon sessions are optional : one is open to all enrolled children and two are extensions sessions for the older children as preparation for going to school. The centre operates out of the Howick Baptist Church complex and is governed by a management team that includes members of the church, centre staff and parents.

The 2010 ERO report noted warm, positive relationships and interactions between children and teachers. Teachers actively promoted and modelled values of respect and care for others. These affirming features have been sustained and continue to contribute to a welcoming and nurturing environment. The 2010 ERO report recommended that teachers review children’s portfolios and programme plans to formalise their focus on children’s emerging interests. Progress has been made in this area as staff continue to review and improve their practice.

The Review Findings

Children are valued, celebrated and affirmed. They are familiar with their environment and explore and investigate within a carefully structured setting. Children enjoy conversations with their peers and teachers and are able to talk about their own experiences. Teachers promote a learning environment that focuses on developing the whole child.

Centre programmes reflect Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum. The centre’s aim is to nurture and build on each child’s individual abilities and interests and to support independent learning. Parents are encouraged to be part of programme planning. Teachers support bicultural practices and respect the place of Māori as tangata whenua of New Zealand. It could now be helpful for teachers to review the transition to school programme and align this to more effective strategies for teaching children in their early childhood years.

A model of shared leadership is developing in the centre. The newly appointed supervisor is developing an organisational culture of honouring and harnessing the potential of staff. Teachers are invited to take a leadership role in areas of interest. They are further developing both planned and spontaneous self review in the centre. It is now timely for teachers to reflect critically on their professional practice and to link these reflections to their performance appraisal. The centre has identified that a next step is to align the appraisal process with the Registered Teacher Criteria.

The centre is continuing to develop effective governance and management practices. The management team is committed to resourcing a range of professional development for teachers and meets regularly to discuss current issues, and to engage in ongoing planning. External advice is sought when needed. Close relationships have been established with families over time.

Key Next Steps

During this review the committee chairman and supervisor and ERO agreed there would be value in:

  • reviewing the centre philosophy and practice to align more closely with the curriculum framework
  • establishing a vision and strategic plan that informs annual plans and links to performance appraisal
  • strengthening and extending self-review practices
  • continuing to develop an improvement-focused organisational culture.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten 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 Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

28 June 2013

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Howick, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

25015

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll

52

Gender composition

Boys 27

Girls 25

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Chinese

Indian

Samoan

Tongan

Other European

Other

5

28

5

2

2

1

7

2

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

Not applicable

 
 

Over 2

1:5

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

May 2013

Date of this report

28 June 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

July 2010

 

Education Review

June 2007

 

Education Review

May 2004

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.