ABC Queenstown - 07/09/2012

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 ABC Queenstown governing body and management in relation to areas identified in the June 2011 ERO report or issues identified since that review. The terms of reference for this review are to investigate:

  • the implementation of the centre philosophy
  • planning for children’s learning
  • the Māori and bicultural dimension in the programme
  • self review.

2 The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

The ABC Queenstown Rua centre has made excellent progress in addressing the recommendations of the June 2011 ERO report.

Since the last review the centre has been purchased by another organisation and a new manager has been appointed.

The teachers have worked together as a collegial and highly motivated team to effectively review and address all the recommendations of the previous report.

These improvements include:

  • a review of the centre philosophy
  • improvements to the way that the programme is planned and implemented
  • teachers knowing all children’s strengths and interests and using these meaningfully in programme
  • children and teachers using te reo Māori and providing an environment that reflects Māori perspectives
  • the effective use of self review to improve outcomes for children.

The manager and teachers are in a position to build on this progress as they make further improvements in their programme and practices.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interests of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.

3 Findings

Centre Philosophy

Background

The June 2011 ERO review identified that the managers and teachers needed to review their beliefs that underpin teaching practice and develop their philosophy in action.

Area of progress

The manager and the teachers have extensively reviewed their vision and philosophy. They have reviewed their individual teaching beliefs, aligned these with the centre philosophy and sought parent feedback about the revised philosophy. They review the philosophy each time a new staff member is employed. This has led to a shared understanding of their vision and philosophy.

Planning for children’s learning.

Background

The June 2011 ERO review stated that teachers needed to build their knowledge of individual children and use this information to plan programmes to extend children’s learning.

Areas of progress

The teachers have made significant progress in improving planning and programmes for individual children. As a team, they have attended professional development to improve their knowledge and understanding of planning and assessment processes. They now:

  • formally and informally regularly consult with parents about their aspirations for their children.
  • have systems to plan for each individual child
  • use their knowledge of children’s strengths, needs and interests to plan meaningful programmes to enrich and extend children’s learning
  • evaluate their programme and practices to know how effective they have been in supporting children’s learning.

Area for further improvement

Teachers should continue to ensure that the learning priorities for individual children are clear throughout all the planning documentation.

The Māori and bicultural dimension in the programme.

Background

The June 2011 ERO review stated that teachers needed to build their use of te reo Māori and integrate Māori perspectives.

Area of progress

Teachers have made very good progress in improving their confidence in using te reo Māori and incorporating Māori perspectives into the daily programme.

Teachers have positively embraced the challenge of building their knowledge and skills. They have made effective use of the skills of individual teachers in the team and have invited parents to share their knowledge and skills with the children. For example, one Māori parent has shared her skills in te reo Māori and poi making with the children and the teachers. Teachers regularly use te reo Māori words and phrases throughout the day.

Self review

Background

The June 2011 ERO review identified that teachers needed to deepen their knowledge and understanding of self-review processes

Area of progress

Teachers have made excellent progress developing their knowledge and implementation of self review. Self review is now rigorous and has become an integral and ongoing part of centre practices. The centre has made positive changes in some key aspects of the programme and practices. For example, teachers have made improvements to the teaching environments, routines, and they ways they communicate and consult with parents. ERO found that the teachers were excited and motivated in their work because of the positive improvements as a result of self review.

Area for further improvement

The manager agreed that the next step is to develop a schedule for ongoing review that covers key aspects of centre practices and operations over time.

4 Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interests of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services

Southern Region

About the Centre

Licence type

All Day Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

71 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Roll number

82

Gender composition

Boys 45

Girls 37

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 73

Māori 2

Other 7

Review team on site

June 2012

Date of this report

7 September 2012

Previous ERO reports

Education Review June 2011

Education Review March 2008

Education Review April 2005

To the Parents and Community of ABC Queenstown

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 ABC Queenstown follows.

The ABC Queenstown Rua centre has made excellent progress in addressing the recommendations of the June 2011 ERO report.

Since the last review the centre has been purchased by another organisation and a new manager has been appointed.

The teachers have worked together as a collegial, cohesive and highly motivated team to effectively review and improve all the recommendations of the previous report.

These improvements include:

  • a review of the centre philosophy
  • improvements to the way that the programme is planned and implemented
  • teachers knowing all children’s strengths and interests and using these meaningfully in programme
  • children and teachers using te reo Māori and providing an environment that reflects Māori perspectives
  • the effective use of self review to improve outcomes for children.

The manager and teachers should continue to build on this progress as they make further improvements in their programme and practices.

Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interests of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.

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.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services

Southern Region