Bright Babes Limited - 11/04/2018

1 Evaluation of Bright Babes Limited

How well placed is Bright Babes Limited 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.


Bright Babes Limited is a privately owned education and care service located in the north Hamilton suburb of Pukete. The centre offers a full day service from 7.30a.m to 5.30p.m each week day. It is licensed for 99 children including up 25 children under two years. The current roll of 105 includes 42 children who identify as Māori.

There are five age groups spaces - infants, little toddlers, big toddlers and two spaces for children from 3 to 5 years old. The leadership structure has recently been reviewed and now includes an owner/manager, an assistant manager and two team leaders. Over 80% of teachers have formal qualifications in early childhood education.

The recently revised centre philosophy emphasises a warm, welcoming and loving environment with positive relationships between teachers, children, parents and whānau.

Centre leaders have responded well to the recommendations of the 2015 ERO report. There are now strong systems in place which help to ensure professional practice is supported.

The Review Findings

Children, parents and whānau benefit from relationships with teachers that are warm, positive and inclusive. Children are given a range of choices in their play which empowers them to follow their own interests and lead their own learning. Their rights as independent learners are respected, by being given opportunities to be involved in decisions that affect them. Children's oral language development is well supported, effective positive guidance strategies and restorative practices support the development of their social skills. A culture of care and respect promotes a strong sense of belonging and wellbeing for children and their whānau.

Age groups are segregated in the centre. A separate infant space means babies grow and learn in a quiet environment. Teachers use care routines such as nappy changes and feeding times as opportunities to interact with children, supporting their oral language development and increasing their confidence to explore the world around them. Good communication with parents helps to ensure that care routines are responsive to each child's rhythms and needs. The centre works proactively with parents, whānau and outside agencies to identify and support children with additional learning needs. Leaders and teachers advocate for children and whānau.

There is an appropriate range of learning and play opportunities for children. Leaders and teachers have a commitment to ensuring that current curriculum emphases in early childhood education are reflected in centre practice. This includes sustainability education and using everyday materials to encourage imaginative play. There is some integration of tikanga Māori and some use of te reo Māori by teachers to support the sense of belonging and identity for Māori children. Leaders and teachers use parents and whānau well to inform and support their bicultural practice.

A recent review of planning has led to a more consistent approach across all the age related areas of the centre and a greater focus on priority learners. Learning stories provide a record for parents of the activities their children have been involved in at the centre. A strong relationship with the local school supports transitions from the centre to school. Transitions between the various age group spaces in the centre are well managed.

Centre leadership has been strengthened. This has led to more consistent practice and higher levels of collaboration amongst teachers. A well-developed strategic plan provides clear direction for centre development and improvement. Teacher professional development is now more aligned to strategic priorities. A newly developed, robust appraisal process is leading to improved teacher practice.

A clear philosophy guides teachers. Their work is also informed by well-developed, strategic internal evaluation. Centre leaders are reviewing and strengthening the policy framework. Active networking with other centres and early childhood organisations ensures these policies reflect current regulatory requirements.

Key Next Steps

ERO and centre leaders agree there is a need to:

  • continue to evaluate assessment and planning practices to clearly show learning priorities and progress over time for each child
  • continue to strengthen the bicultural curriculum with a focus on local iwi history and places of significance
  • review the extent to which current organisation and practice fully enacts the philosophy of the centre
  • review induction practices to ensure a greater depth of understanding by new teachers of the centre philosophy and how it might be implemented. 

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Bright Babes Limited 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 Bright Babes Limited will be in three years.

Lynda Pura-Watson
Deputy Chief Review Officer

Te Tai Miringa - Waikato / Bay of Plenty Region

11 April 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 


Pukete, Hamilton

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

99 children, including up to 25 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys                     55%
Girls                      45%

Ethnic composition



Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49%       50-79%       80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Better than minimum requirements

Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

February 2018

Date of this report

11 April 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

March 2015

Education Review

April 2012

Education Review

March 2009

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.