Active Explorers Hokitika - 18/01/2016

1 Evaluation of Scenicland Pre School and Nursery

How well placed is Scenicland Pre School and Nursery to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Scenicland Preschool is becoming well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Scenicland Preschool and Nursery operates from a large purpose-built facility in Hokitika. The centre caters for children in three separate areas. The nursery area is for children up to two-years of age. It has a separate indoor area which allows children to easily interact with teachers and children of a similar age. The toddler and preschool spaces have separate indoor areas and a shared spacious outdoor environment.

Since the 2013 review there have been changes in centre leadership and a very recent change in centre ownership. These changes are bringing about a more structured management approach and coherent procedures. The centre is being closely supported by an area manager. The centre has also been participating in a Ministry of Education professional development initiatives. This has had a positive impact particularly in self review, assessment and planning. There have been some changes to the learning environment and learning resources to support better outcomes for children’s learning.

The teachers are qualified early childhood teachers or training to become early childhood teachers.

The centre has made good progress in the areas of development identified in the last report in 2013.

The Review Findings

All children and their families are warmly welcomed into the centre. They experience respectful, caring and nurturing relationships with teachers. Children relate well to each other.

Children are provided with an interesting range of learning activities and have easy access to a wide variety of resources. Their choices are respected and they follow their interests within the programme.

Teachers involve themselves in children’s play. They play alongside children and use teaching approaches that support children’s learning.

Recent developments with children’s individual planning and assessments effectively recognise and respond to their individual interests and areas for learning.

Regular reflections and discussions by teachers about how to improve aspects of the programme are beginning to improve outcomes for children. An extensive philosophy review involved all staff and included detailed data gathering. This model will be a useful guide for future reviews.

Teachers are now seeking parents' ideas and opinions. They are making increasing use of this information to develop more meaningful partnerships with parents to support children’s learning.

Since the last review, a new centre manager has been appointed. She is fostering greater shared leadership and making better use of staff strengths.

Teachers are increasing their awareness of bicultural practices. They have developed a:

  • greater understanding of some Māori values and what these look like in the programme
  • relationship with the local bi-cultural unit at the local primary school
  • greater understanding of how they reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Teachers are also making good use of people in the community to help them to strengthen bicultural aspects of the programme.

Key Next Steps

The centre leaders and ERO agree that the key next steps to improve outcomes for children include:

  • strengthening the ways teachers extend children’s thinking and problem solving skills, and evaluating the effectiveness of their teaching strategies
  • successfully implementing the new and more robust appraisal system
  • implementing a well-managed process to support the development of a new group planning system that is well understood by all teachers
  • continuing to monitor the consistency of individual assessment and planning and ensuring children’s cultural identities are reflected in assessment
  • increasing all teachers’ understandings of evaluation for improvement.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

  • 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 Scenicland Pre School and Nursery will be in three years.

Chris Rowe

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern (Acting)

18 January 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

Hokitika

Ministry of Education profile number

65149

Licence type

Childcare

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

70 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Service roll

84

Gender composition

Girls 43; Boys 41

Ethnic composition

Pākehā

Māori

Chinese

74

9

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2015

Date of this report

18 January 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

August 2013

 

Education Review

November 2010

 

Education Review

August 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.