Edukids East Tamaki - 05/04/2019

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

Edukids East Tamaki provides education and care for up to 100 children and is part of the BestStart organisation. This is the first ERO review of the service. The purpose-built service caters for children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Most teachers have early childhood education qualifications.

Summary of review findings

Teachers plan, implement and evaluate a curriculum that is designed to respond to the learning interests, strengths and capabilities of children. The programme acknowledges the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. It encourages children to be confident in their own culture and develop respect for other cultures.

The service provides different types of indoor and outdoor play, and appropriate sleeping and eating spaces. Systems are in place to monitor health and safety requirements. Communication with whānau is regular. An annual plan guides the service’s operation.

Next ERO Review

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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region 

5 April 2019

Information about the service

Early Childhood Service Name

Edukids East Tamaki

Profile Number

47126

Location

Papatoetoe, Auckland 

Service type

Education and care service

Number licensed for

100 children, including up to 20 aged under 2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:3 - Better than regulatory standards

Over 2

1:10 - Meets regulatory standards

Service roll

83

Gender composition

Girls 45

Boys 38

Ethnic composition

Māori 4

Pākehā 6

Indian 36

Vietnamese 10

Chinese 8

Samoan 4

other ethnic groups 15

Review team on site

March 2019

Date of this report

5 April 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:

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.