All About Children - Lower Hutt - 29/10/2020

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

All About Children Lower Hutt is owned by Kids World, which operates nine centres nationally. An area manager retains oversight of operation. A recently appointed manager is responsible for the day-to-day management. This is the centre’s first ERO review.

Summary of Review Findings

Teachers provide a programme that encourages children to make decisions about their participation and learning experiences. A new philosophy has recently been developed to guide teaching and learning. The design and layout of the premises, both indoors and outside, support a range of activities for children. At the time of the on-site stage of the ERO review, some aspects of governance did not meet regulatory standards, and an increased level of monitoring of health and safety practices was required. These issues were promptly addressed.

Actions for Compliance

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

  • securing heavy furniture that could fall or topple and cause injury
  • completing all documentation required for excursions including parents’ approval of adult: child ratios for regular excursions
  • recording all food served during the hours of operation, other than that provided by parents for their own children, including breakfast
  • recording parents’ acknowledgment that medication has been administered to their children as required
  • providing information to parents about the amount and details of the expenditure of any Ministry of Education funding received
  • development of an annual budget setting out estimated revenue and expenses, including details of staffing and operational costs.

Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS6, HS17, HS19, HS28, GMA3, GMA9

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services

Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

29 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

All About Children - Lower Hutt

Profile Number

47514

Location

Lower Hutt

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

50 children aged over 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

44

Gender composition

Male 21, Female 23

Ethnic composition

Māori 8
NZ European/Pākehā 9
Samoan 7
Other ethnic groups 20

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

29 October 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of the service.

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.