Edukids Kaikorai Valley - 28/06/2017

1 Evaluation of Edukids Kaikorai Valley

How well placed is Edukids Kaikorai Valley 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.


Edukids Kaikorai is owned and operated by BestStart Educare Ltd. It provides full-day education and care for up to 75 children from 3 months to school age. Children learn in three classrooms and progress through these depending on their age.

The service is led by a centre manager and three head teachers. A BestStart Business Manager and BestStart Professional Services Manager visit regularly to support the service. There is a mix of qualified teachers and caregivers. The manager is new since the last education review in 2016.

The centre's vision for teaching and learning is that it is `meaningful, collaborative, respectful and fun'.

Good progress has been made on most of the areas identified for improvement in the last review.

The Review Findings

Leadership is very effectively building positive conditions for teaching and learning by:

  • creating commitment to a shared vision

  • building leadership capacity across the centre

  • setting and modelling clear expectations for teaching practice

  • building a positive and professional team culture.

These developments have resulted in increased confidence, collaboration and engagement across teaching teams which has led to more purposeful learning opportunities for children. Leaders are establishing effective systems and processes to sustain these conditions and to promote consistent centre-wide practices.

The centre's philosophy is increasingly evident and guiding practice. Leaders agree that they need to make the valued outcomes for children more explicit in the philosophy. 

Children's interests, strengths and needs are the basis of their learning. Teachers know individual children well and are intentionally planning to support their ongoing development. They nurture children's social and emotional and physical development by the way they relate to them and purposefully arrange the environment and resources. There is a clear focus on encouraging children's initiative and independence.

Infants and toddlers benefit from warm, responsive and respectful interactions with teachers. They build genuine attachments to `key teachers' which promote their sense of security. Their learning environment is accessible, well-resourced and thoughtfully set up to promote exploration and challenge.

Teachers have built their knowledge, awareness and confidence in including aspects of te ao Māori within the daily programme. As a result Māori children regularly experience aspects of their language and culture. The culture, language and identity of all children and their families are highly valued and included in centre programmes and celebrations.

Leaders and teachers are developing strong partnerships with parents and whānau. They actively seek, value and respond to parent and whānau wishes for their children's learning and development. Parents have many opportunities to learn about what happens for their children in their learning and to give feedback about what is important to them in centre operations. Teachers work closely with families and other specialists to plan and respond to the needs of children with additional needs.

Teachers use assessment effectively to show what children know, are interested in and can do. Increasingly, they are using assessment information well to identify children's progress and next steps on their learning pathways. The next step for teachers and leaders is to better use assessment information to evaluate the impact of their teaching.

There are well-developed systems and processes in place to help the service achieve BestStart expectations for high quality education and care. This includes regular monitoring of and support for the quality of practice and identifying what is going well and what the service needs to do next to improve. Leaders and teachers have been building their understandings of effective internal evaluation. There are meaningful staff appraisal practices in place. Professional learning is promoted at all levels of the organisation.

Key Next Steps

ERO and the centre leaders agree the key next steps to improve outcomes for children are for leaders to:

  • continue to develop teachers' capability to extend children's thinking, knowledge and vocabulary through rich interactions

  • clearly identify valued outcomes for children in the centre philosophy

  • continue to develop teacher and centre-wide practices for inquiry and evaluation

  • make the links to practicing teacher criteria in the appraisal process more explicit. 

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Edukids Kaikorai Valley 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 Edukids Kaikorai Valley will be in three years.

Lesley Patterson

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern (Te Waipounamu)

28 June 2017

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



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

75 children, including up to 17 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Girls: 50 Boys: 60

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

April 2017

Date of this report

28 June 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)


Education Review

May 2016

Education Review

May 2013

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.