Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten - 20/09/2013

Evaluation of Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten

How well placed is Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

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

Background

Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten is a small community-based centre. It provides education and care for 33 children over the age of two and up to five years of age. The older children stay for one afternoon for the transition to school programme. All staff members are teacher trained. The centre has an 80 year history in the local suburban community.

A parent committee makes well-informed decisions to guide the operation of the kindergarten. The head teacher manages the day-to-day running of the programmes. The teachers and committee make parents and children feel very welcome.

The kindergarten celebrates the cultural diversity of children and community. The kindergarten is located beside a church. The church minister supports Samoan language and culture learning in the centre, each week.

Since the previous ERO review in 2011, the teachers have further developed the bicultural programme and are continuing to develop planning and assessment for children’s learning.

The Review Findings

Children benefit from positive and caring relationships with their teachers. They have fun with their teachers. Teachers support them to develop cooperative relationships and strong friendships with each other.

The kindergarten collaborates well with its parents. Teachers place an emphasis on whanaungatanga (relationship), within the programme. Parents enjoy opportunities to interact with teachers and support children in their play and learning. The parent committee has a focus on fostering close relationships between the parents and the kindergarten. Parents feel at ease in the centre.

Māori whānau are consulted. Teachers respond to parents’ aspirations for their children. Teachers help support the cultural strengths of the children in the teaching programme. There are opportunities for identified children to use and lead te reo Māori. Teachers are extending how they include te reo and tikanga Māori into the centre.

Children play and learn in very well-resourced and attractively presented indoor and outdoor areas. They also benefit from:

  • group experiences that provide for their emerging needs and interests
  • a consistent focus on literacy and numeracy learning
  • positive and supportive interactions with their teachers
  • useful transitions into the kindergarten and on to schools
  • enjoyable learning of te reo and waiata Māori
  • a wide range of interesting experiences and engaging activities.

Teachers provide good support for parents as they prepare for children’s transition to school.

The kindergarten provides a specific programme to support children’s transition to school. The programme activities are based on children’s interests.

Teachers work well together. They have a strong commitment to improving the learning programmes and their teaching practices. Children’s learning stories show the wide range of activities they participate in and the learning opportunities within those experiences. Teachers are developing ways to more clearly identify and show what individual children’s learning priorities are. This includes making it clear to parents what steps teachers will take to support the child’s intended learning.

The parent committee has a strong focus on ensuring the ongoing sustainability of the kindergarten. It regularly consults and responds to parents’ wishes. Māori whānau members support the teachers to use te reo and tikanga Māori in the centre programme and operations.

Key Next Steps

The parent committee and teachers have identified, and ERO agrees, on the need to continue to develop processes for:

  • the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the strategic plan
  • reviewing all aspects of the kindergarten operations over time.

Teachers have identified the need to become more intentional in their planning and assessment of the intended learning for the children, and the strategies they will use to support this. This should include:

  • how they show continuity of learning for children over time
  • documenting how individual children’s learning is progressing against the programme’s aims for learning
  • ongoing evaluation of how well teachers’ plans are meeting the intended learning.

Teachers have a useful process to support their review of curriculum. The next step is to develop a shared understanding of how self review will be used to support improvements to the kindergarten programme and practices.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten 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.

During the review, ERO looked at the 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 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 Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten will be in three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services Southern Region

20 September 2013

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

Dunedin

Ministry of Education profile number

83001

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

33 children, over the age of two years

Service roll

46

Gender composition

Boys 25; Girls 21

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Asian

Other ethnicities

7

35

2

2

Percentage of qualified teachers 0-49% 50-79% 80% Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

N/A

 
 

Over 2

1:9

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

July 2013

Date of this report

20 September 2013

Most recent ERO reports

 

Education Review

February 2011

 

Supplementary Review

May 2007

 

Education Review

June 2006

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.