Apollo Kindergarten Albany - 24/01/2020

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

Apollo Kindergarten Albany provides education and care for up to 125 children between two and six years of age. This is the centre’s first ERO review. The purpose-built centre caters for, and is staffed by, children and teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Most teachers hold teaching qualifications and are first-aid trained.

Summary of review findings

Teachers plan, implement and evaluate a curriculum designed to respond to children’s learning interests. The programme acknowledges the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. It supports children’s confidence in their own culture and encourages them to understand and respect each other.

The layout of the centre supports the provision of different types of indoor and outdoor play, and provides appropriate sleeping and eating spaces. The service takes all reasonable steps to promote the good health and safety of children and adults. There are regular opportunities for parents to communicate with staff about their children’s learning.

Teachers foster positive interactions with children, within a language rich environment.

Effective governance and management practices have been established.

Next ERO Review

The next ERO review is likely to be an Education Review.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

24 January 2020

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Apollo Kindergarten Albany

Profile Number 47380

Location

Albany, Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

125 children, over 2 years of age

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1- 8 Better than regulatory standards

Service roll

105

Gender composition

Boys 56%

Girls 44%

Ethnic composition

Māori 2%

NZ European/Pākehā 30%

Chinese 30%

Korean 17%

other ethnic groups 21%

Review team on site

November 2019

Date of this report

24 January 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

These are available at www.ero.govt.nz

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:

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 Assurance Review process in any 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 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 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 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.