Edukids Riverbend Road - 04/07/2013

1 Evaluation of Edukids Riverbend Road

How well placed is Edukids Riverbend Road 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 Riverbend Road is a privately owned early childhood education and care centre that is licensed for 75 children, including 20 aged under two. The purpose-built centre opened in January 2010 and merged with the nursery licence at the end of 2011. The service provides age-specific care for infants and toddlers in a separate room next to two rooms for older children. This is the centre's first ERO review.

Since opening, staffing has been stable. After a review of provision for older children, a new head teacher was appointed for the children's rooms. A spacious, modern and well resourced environment caters well for children’s interests. The increased flow between the rooms encourages a sense of belonging and family.

The Review Findings

The centre philosophy is to provide a calm environment that supports children’s independence and choices in play. Respectful relationships and interactions between adults and children are evident. Teachers are aware of the importance of continuing to build relationships with parents and to regularly share information about children’s progress.

Māori children and their families' culture and heritage are valued and respected by staff. Whānau are encouraged to express their wishes for their child’s education. The aspirations of Pacific families and those from other cultures are increasingly being considered and catered for. Children are confident and purposefully engaged learners.

Teaching practices affirm and encourage children’s self management, exploration and problem solving. Literacy and numeracy concepts are well integrated into child-led learning. Adults provide good modelling through their questions and explanations.

A consistent team approach promotes individual wellbeing. Children with additional learning needs are supported well. This includes using outside expertise. Responsive and nurturing care routines for infants and toddlers provide a sense of security.

Children readily include adults in their play and form relationships with each other where they take turns to lead the learning. Well planned activities include a ‘discovery’ time based on children’s interests. This supports older children’s readiness for school. Monthly school visits help children and families prepare for this move.

Individual profile books provide an attractive record of children’s learning and development over time. Parents’ feedback is used to plan for centre activities and resources. Teacher self-review practices are developing and are recognised as an area requiring work. The centre action plan provides a useful framework to guide ongoing improvements for staff and children. Internal quality assurance reviews affirm good practices and provide clear direction for development.

The governance and management employment framework is comprehensive. There is a clear focus on appointing staff and supporting their growth and teaching practices. Targeted and responsive professional learning opportunities are based on individual needs and centre goals. This includes mentoring leaders and staff new to teaching. The centre manager provides positive professional leadership. She uses others' management expertise to inform decision making.

Key Next Steps

A next key step for governance and management is to continue:

  • to develop strategies to successfully implement the teachers' and staff appraisal process.
  • ERO, in its role as an external evaluator, agrees with key next steps identified by centre management:
  • to develop a strategic approach to supporting success for Māori children and their whānau
  • to continue to develop teachers’ understandings and use of self review for improvement.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Edukids Riverbend Road 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 Riverbend Road will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services Central Region (Acting)

4 July 2013

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 20 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 53, Girls 49

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā


Other ethnic groups





Percentage of qualified staff

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

May 2013

Date of this report

4 July 2013

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.