Barnardos Early Learning Centre Mangere - 26/06/2014

1 Evaluation of Barnardos Early Learning Centre - Mangere

How well placed is Barnardos Early Learning Centre - Mangere 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.


Barnardos Early Learning Centre – Mangere is a centre for infants, toddlers and pre-school children in close proximity to the Mangere Town Centre in South Auckland. It operates within the Barnardos organisation, whose systems and operations support the continued development of the centre. Barnardos also offers a network of social services and care for families when they need support.

Recent structural changes to the national Barnardos early childhood services have resulted in a new practice manager, business manager and service manager being appointed to the Mangere centre. This is a change in the organisation’s management approach. The head teacher, who has been in the centre for a number of years, is providing continuity in leadership for teachers, families and children during this time.

Since the 2011 ERO report, the centre has merged two separate learning areas under one licence. This allows siblings to connect with one another more often and gives the opportunity for older children to support younger children.

The centre has sustained some of the good practices evident at the time of the 2011 ERO review.

The Review Findings

‘Children come first’ is a key value within the Barnardos philosophy. This belief is reflected in children’s strong sense of belonging and security when they are in their centre. They approach adults confidently and in a trusting manner. Their emotional wellbeing is prioritised by teachers as the most important factor in children’s learning.

Teachers place a positive focus on children’s health and nutrition. Gardens in the spacious grounds contribute to fresh food for children’s meals.

Relationships between children, teachers and whānau are valued. Parents are warmly welcomed and are included in the centre’s activities and events. Partnerships with families that focus on learning progress as well as positive relationships would further enhance children’s development.

Numeracy and literacy are a key part of daily learning through deliberate teaching and play experiences. More integration of numeracy and literacy into child-centred interests could make this learning more meaningful and real for children.

Te reo me tikanga Māori are a strength in the curriculum and children enjoy such events as the welcoming of visitors with accompanying waiata. The diversity of children’s backgrounds and cultures is celebrated regularly.

Teachers affirm children as they interact with them. Teachers would benefit from more professional development to support the use of learning conversations that prompt and extend children’s thinking. Children are ready for more complexity in their play.

The indoor and outdoor environments have been further resourced since the 2011 ERO review. These provide children with good opportunities for physically challenging and imaginative play. Children’s access to materials and equipment could be extended to provide more selections based on what the children choose to do. This could foster more sustained and collaborative learning among groups of children who can initiate their own ideas.

The use of self-review practices is leading to centre improvements. Effective procedures are in the centre’s policy to guide review processes in a more systematic way.

The centre’s strategic planning, closely linked to the wider Barnardos organisation, would benefit from a section that more specifically details the goals for early childhood education. Planning that enables measurement of the effectiveness and quality of educational outcomes for children would be advantageous.

Key Next Steps

ERO and centre leaders agree that the following points should be considered for the centre’s next phase of self review. Steps include:

  • making children’s interests, strengths and needs central to programme planning
  • increasing children’s opportunities for complex play
  • making teachers’ responses to children’s progress in learning more evident in children’s assessment portfolios
  • improving teachers’ understanding of the purpose of evaluation.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Barnardos Early Learning Centre - Mangere 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 Barnardos Early Learning Centre - Mangere will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

26 June 2014

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service


Mangere, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

65 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls 41

Boys 33

Ethnic composition




Cook Island Māori




other Pacific









Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Meets minimum requirements


Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2014

Date of this report

26 June 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

April 2009


Education Review

March 2008


Education Review

January 2005

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.