Alpha Early Childhood Educational Centre - 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 found the service was taking reasonable steps to meet regulatory standards.

Background

Alpha Early Childhood Educational Centre is a privately- owned service. A new centre manager was appointed in 2019. The 2019 ERO Akanuku|Assurance review identified that the service did not adequately implement and monitor systems and practices to meet the regulatory and professional requirements for curriculum, premises and facilities, health and safety and governance, management and administration. Sufficient progress has been made in each area. 

Summary of Review Findings

The service curriculum provides children with a range of experiences and opportunities to extend their learning and development. The premises and facilities are resourced to provide adequately for the age range of children attending the service. There are opportunities for children to develop an understanding about the dual heritage of Aotearoa, New Zealand.  There are regular opportunities provided for parents to be involved in decision making concerning their child’s learning.  A centre philosophy and annual plan guide the service operation. Teacher appraisal and internal evaluation are established. Health and safety procedures are regularly monitored, and changes are made when required.

Key Next Steps

Next steps include:

  • explore ways to increase the involvement of whānau Māori in the design, implementation and evaluation of the service’s local curriculum
  • increase the opportunities children have to hear and speak te reo Māori in meaningful learning contexts
  • continue to improve assessment information to show children’s progress and learning overtime.

Next ERO Review

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

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini
30 October 2020 

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Alpha Early Childhood Educational Centre

Profile Number

70430

Location

Christchurch

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

35 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Service roll

36

Gender composition

Male 17, Female 19

Ethnic composition

Māori 5, NZ European/Pākehā 16, other 15

Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

30 October 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review, March 2019; Education Review, January 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.