A Child’s Place Early Learning Centre - 04/02/2021

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

Meeting

Health and safety

Meeting

Governance, management and administration

Meeting

At the time of the review, ERO found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

A Child’s Place Early Learning Centre opened in 2018 and has three spaces for different age groups. The owners are qualified early childhood teachers who lead a team of nine staff including five qualified teachers, three unqualified teaching staff and a cook. This centre serves a semi-rural community and provides full-day care and education. This is the first ERO review of the service.

Summary of Review Findings

Adults providing education and care engage in positive interactions to enhance children’s learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. Children benefit from a curriculum which includes a range of experiences and natural resources both indoors and outdoors. The service curriculum is inclusive, and responsive to children as confident and competent learners. Children are involved in decisions about their own learning and experiences, which supports their learning and develops their social competence.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • strengthening the bicultural and local curriculum through connections with local marae and iwi
  • sustaining good practices
  • developing staff leadership skills.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Akarangi | Quality Evaluation.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

4 February 2021

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

A Child’s Place Early Learning Centre

Profile Number

47414

Location

Huapai, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

68 children, including up to 20 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

59

Ethnic composition

Māori 4
NZ European/Pākehā 41
other ethnic groups 14

Review team on site

October 2020

Date of this report

4 February 2021

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of the service; Akanuku | Assurance Review.

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.