Cosmo Kids - 23/10/2019

ERO’s Judgement

Regulatory standards

ERO’s judgement

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

Cosmo Kids is licensed for 50 children, including 19 under two years of age. There are seven qualified teachers, including the owner and centre manager. The centre also employs three teachers who are in training, and a cook. It caters for children whose parents live or work in the Auckland CBD. This is the first ERO review of the service.

Summary of Review Findings

Children’s learning is supported by positive, meaningful interactions with teachers in a language rich environment. Teachers plan and implement a programme that includes a wide range of learning experiences. The curriculum is consistent with Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and informed by assessment, planning and evaluation. Children have opportunities to gain an understanding of Māori as tangata whenua.

The service is effectively governed and managed, with systems to ensure parents are informed and able to be involved. The design and layout support the provision of different indoor and outdoor experiences and children’s easy access to resources. An ongoing process of review keeps the service focused on improvement for children at the centre.

Key Next Steps

Key next steps include:

  • increasing the extent to which programme planning responds to children’s individual interests and shows continuity of learning over time
  • more robust evaluation of teaching practices and the quality of programmes for children, to support ongoing improvement.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

23 October 2019

Information About the Service

Early Childhood Service Name

Cosmo Kids

Profile Number

47329

Location

Auckland CBD

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

50 children, including 19 aged under 2 years

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratio of staff to children under 2

1:3 - Better than regulatory standards

Reported ratio of staff to children over 2

1:6 - Better than regulatory standards

Service roll

41

Gender composition

Girls 25 Boys 16

Ethnic composition

Māori 1
NZ European/Pākehā 22
Chinese 8
other ethnic groups 10

Review team on site

September 2019

Date of this report

23 October 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

First ERO review of the service.

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 the Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services 2008.

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 centre-based 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.