Choice Kids Alfriston Road - 23/05/2019

ERO’s judgement

Regulatory standards

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

Choicekids Alfriston Road is one of eight ChoiceKids services in South Auckland. Its community, families and staff are culturally diverse, with the largest groups on the roll being Māori, Pacific and Indian. Programmes are provided for children in three areas, according to age. The centre manager leads a team of nine qualified teachers and six unqualified staff.

Since ERO’s 2016 review, the centre’s building has been extended and licence numbers increased. ERO’s last report identified a number of areas for improvement. Some progress has been made in each of these areas.

ERO’s 2018 special review of the ChoiceKids organisation identified a high number of areas for improvement. The service had been on a provisional licence and monitored by the Ministry of Education. It was returned to a full licence in April 2018. ChoiceKids personnel continue to support the service’s ongoing improvement.

This review was part of a cluster of eight reviews in the ChoiceKids organisation.

Summary of review findings

The service’s curriculum is inclusive and responsive to children’s needs and development. It is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and is becoming better informed by assessment, planning and evaluation.

The service regularly collaborates with parents and whānau, who are advised on how to access information about their children’s learning and the operation of the service. An ongoing process of internal evaluation helps to maintain and improve centre practices. Premises and facilities are hygienic and maintained in good condition.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

23 May 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Choicekids Alfriston Road

Profile Number

45923

Location

Auckland

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

90 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4 - Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:8 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll

116

Gender composition

Boys 57% Girls 43%

Ethnic composition

Māori 39%

NZ European/Pākehā 8%

Indian 20%

Samoan 16%

other ethnic groups 17%

Review team on site

April 2019

Date of this report

23 May 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

January 2016

Education Review

November 2015

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.