Beginnings & Beyond Quality Preschool Beach Road - 20/11/2018

1 Evaluation of Beginnings & Beyond Quality Preschool Beach Road

How well placed is Beginnings & Beyond Quality Preschool Beach Road 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

Beginnings & Beyond Quality Preschool Beach Road is a purpose-built centre located in Papamoa, Tauranga. The centre is licensed for 50 children, including 19 under two years of age. The centre is one of two privately owned centres and has been open since 2011. The majority of the staff are qualified and there are high teacher-to-child ratios. The centre philosophy promotes building relationships with children (Nga Hononga ki te Tamariki), families (Nga Hononga ki te Whānau), and community and wider world (Nga Hononga ki te ao Māori). Teachers and leaders are supportive of the Treaty of Waitangi and integrate te reo Māori into the daily programme.

Since the last ERO review in 2015 professional learning and development (PLD) for leaders and teachers has been a focus area for development. There are allocated funds for each teacher and leader be involved in required PLD. There has also been significant development of the strategic plan through consultation with teachers and parents.

The Review Findings

Teachers use a range of effective strategies to promote positive outcomes for children. They build on children’s strengths and interests and incorporate the learning outcomes of Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum, into planning and learning activities. Teachers are intentional in the way they recognise and respond to all opportunities to engage in and extend children’s learning.

Children have many opportunities to enhance their literacy and mathematical concepts, and oral language is developed through deliberate strategies. Positive and respectful relationships among teachers, parents and children are purposely developed and teachers use a range of strategies to support children's behaviour and development. Teachers have a sound understanding of te ao Māori perspectives that are naturally embedded into the daily programme and routines.

Curriculum design is responsive to children’s individual needs, interests and strengths. The curriculum aligns to the principles of Te Whariki, and is visible in planning, self-review, appraisal and the learning environment. Assessment practices provide parents and whānau with good opportunities to contribute to their children’s learning.

Self review is used well and informs curriculum development. The centre celebrates and acknowledges tangata whenua through intentional learning including incorporating local Māori legends into the programme.

A strong focus on professional learning and development to build teacher capability is having a positive impact on outcomes for children. A clear philosophy, vision and goals are well embedded into all aspects of centre operations. The strategic plan is a working document and includes an annual plan and to guide short and long term planning. Policy review processes are in place and there is a regular review cycle through consultation with whānau, parents and teachers.

Leaders have established relationships based on respect, trust and reciprocity. They promote and model a collaborative approach with distributed leadership opportunities for all teachers. Leaders support and enact the centre's philosophy and there is a strong commitment to bi-cultural practices. Leaders are inclusive and actively gather parent aspirations and feedback through self-review processes. They provide opportunities for feedback that are valued and effectively responded to.

Key Next Steps

The centre now needs to:

  • develop a formalised policy that guides performance management practices

  • further strengthen the appraisal process to include targeted observations providing feedback and feed forward to build teacher capability.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Beginnings & Beyond Quality Preschool Beach Road 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 Beginnings & Beyond Quality Preschool Beach Road will be in three years.

Adrienne Fowler

Director Review and Improvement Services

Te Tai Miringa - Waikato / Bay of Plenty Region

20 November 2018

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

Papamoa

Ministry of Education profile number

45620

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 19 aged under 2

Service roll

37

Gender composition

Girls 21 Boys 16

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Other

26
10
1

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:3

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

September 2018

Date of this report

20 November 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

August 2015

Education Review

October 2012

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.