Active Explorers Greenmeadows - 25/09/2020

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

Active Explorers Greenmeadows is owned, managed and governed by Evolve Education Group (Evolve). Children play and learn in three separate areas. The January 2019 ERO evaluation found that the service required further development. Since this time a new centre manager and new Evolve area manager have been appointed.

Summary of Review Findings

Children experience a curriculum that is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. A range of activities is provided to suit the learning and abilities of children attending.

Teachers engage in meaningful, positive interactions that enhance learning and nurture reciprocal relationships. They support children’s developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour. Adults take all reasonable steps to promote the good health and safety of children.

A newly developed philosophy, as well as annual and strategic plans, guide the service’s operation. An ongoing process of self review helps to maintain and improve the quality of education and care.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • strengthening evaluation related to assessment and planning to inform the curriculum and teaching practice
  • continuing to build a curriculum where children experience te ao Māori, their own and other cultures in meaningful contexts
  • taking a more deliberate approach in gathering and responding to parent aspirations for their children.

Actions for Compliance

During the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliance:

  • heavy equipment that could topple and cause serious injury or damage are secured (HS6).

Next ERO Review

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

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)

Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

25 September 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Active Explorers Greenmeadows

Profile Number

46346

Location

Napier

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 30 aged under 2.

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

75

Gender composition

Male 41, Female 34.

Ethnic composition

Māori 13
NZ European/Pākehā 49
Asian 4
Other ethnic groups 9

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

25 September 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, January 2019
Education Review, February 2016

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.