All About Children - Marton - 30/10/2020

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 identified non-compliance with regulatory standards that must be addressed.

Background

All About Children - Marton operates under the umbrella of Kids World Childcare Ltd. All day early childhood education and care is provided for up to 59 children, including 15 up to two years. The service has responded positively to the areas for development identified in the January 2019 ERO report.

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum is informed byTe Whāriki. Assessment, planning, and evaluation demonstrates an understanding of children’s learning, their interests, whānau, and life contexts. Adults engage in nurturing and learning-enhancing interactions with children. Suitable human resource management practices are in place. An aspect of health and safety does not meet regulatory standards.

Actions for Compliance

ERO found an area of non-compliance in the service relating to:

  • a record of all food provided by parents and shared with all children.

[Licencing criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, HS19]

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence of reviewing its celebrations, food, drink and healthy eating policies, and creating a form for the recording of any food shared by whānau and shared with all children.

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

30 October 2020

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

All About Children - Marton

Profile Number

45998

Location

Marton

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

59 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

62

Gender composition

Female 34, Male 28

Ethnic composition

Māori 20
NZ European/Pākehā 28
Pacific 5
Other ethnic groups 9

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

30 October 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, January 2019
Education Review, April 2014.

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.