Bumblebees Childcare Centre - 02/02/2018

1 Evaluation of Bumblebees Childcare Centre

How well placed is Bumblebees Childcare Centre 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

Bumblebees Childcare Centre is a new purpose-built centre in Glen Innes licensed for 59 children. The centre manager is new to the role and is supported by a head teacher. Together they lead a staff of seven qualified teachers, a cook, and one administrator.

The centre's philosophy is underpinned by the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. Teachers, working in partnership with whānau, provide a learning programme that caters for all children's unique interests and capabilities.

Centre leaders are in the process of building better links with local primary schools and Kahui/Ako (Communities of Learning).

This is the centre's first ERO review report.

The Review Findings

Children are happy and settled in the centre, have trusting relationships with teachers, and respond positively to adult support for play. They work well alongside their peers, take turns and work cooperatively with others, and engage readily in activities that interest them. Children benefit from the centre's culturally inclusive curriculum that successfully fosters their sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Teachers prompt children to explore resources and the environment. They encourage children to extend and develop their social competency. Teachers use mat time activities, singing and story reading to support children's language acquisition and their development of literacy and numeracy skills. They are also helping children to use and know about te reo and tikanga Māori.

There is good provision for babies up to two years of age. They are cherished and cared for in a nurturing environment. Teachers have respectful interactions and conversations with babies to support their language development.

Teachers use regular planning meetings to discuss their observations of children's play, and plan activities to extend their learning. Assessment portfolios are available for children to revisit their learning, and for parents to enjoy and contribute their comments. Parents are able to access digital communication about their children's learning, and this is helping to strengthen learning partnerships with parents and whānau.

The centre is well managed by the centre manager who is supported by a board of directors. They work collaboratively to implement long-term strategic goals, and provide ongoing professional development for staff. The centre manager shares leadership responsibilities with the head teacher. They are continuing work to refine appraisal processes. Together they develop programmes to foster the professional growth of all teachers. This is helping to build consistency in the quality of the teaching teams' support for children's learning across the centre.

Clear strategic planning guides the direction of the centre. Directors and the manager are focused on ongoing improvement and building the capability of teachers. Teachers undertake planned and spontaneous internal evaluation that results in positive changes for children. Leaders agree that the next stage is to more systematically evaluate and document progress towards strategic goals.

Key Next Steps

To enhance existing good quality practices leaders agree they could:

  • evaluate and continue building the curriculum to support children's interests and capabilities

  • make better use of regular internal evaluation to contribute to documenting and evaluating progress towards broader strategic goals

  • rationalise centre policies and procedures.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Bumblebees Childcare Centre 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 Bumblebees Childcare Centre will be in three years.

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

Te Tai Raki - Northern Region

2 February 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

Glen Innes, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

46922

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

59 children, including up to 19 aged under 2

Service roll

60

Gender composition

Girls 32 Boys 28

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Pasifika
other European
other

2
47
5
2
4

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

October 2017

Date of this report

2 February 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

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.