Edukids Shirley Road - 11/08/2016

1 Evaluation of Edukids Shirley Road

How well placed is Edukids Shirley Road to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Edukids Shirley Road is Well placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

ERO's findings that support this overall judgement are summarised below.


Edukids Shirley operates under the BestStart Educare Ltd management structure. BestStart (previously known as Kidicorp Ltd) is a large national organisation that owns early childhood education centres across New Zealand.

The centre has a separate nursery and a preschool room. It caters for the care and education of infants, toddlers and preschool children. Most staff are qualified and registered early childhood teachers.

Since the 2013 ERO review, there have been significant changes in staffing, including leadership positions. Some progress has been made in meeting the recommendations from the previous report. This includes effective internal evaluation, particularly the quality of teaching practices, and bicultural practices.

The Review Findings

The centre has a welcoming and inclusive environment for children and families. Well-established links and positive relationships with parents and the community support the wellbeing and pastoral care offered to children and families, including those children with additional learning needs.

Teachers have made good use of the centre's indoor and outdoor areas to provide an interesting learning environment for children.

Children play well individually and in groups. Teachers encourage them to take responsibility for themselves and to care for others and the environment.

Teachers use a good range of practices to support children's learning. They take time to listen to children and are responsive in ways that help them to be independent, and to follow and extend on their interests.

Children have easy access to a wide range of resources and activities that encourage their physical, imaginative and creative play. Literacy and mathematics are naturally integrated into learning.

Infants and toddlers are well supported by caring and familiar teachers. Thoughtful presentation provides an inviting environment for children that encourages them to confidently explore and make their own discoveries.

Transitions into the centre, and between the nursery and the preschool, are well planned and personalised to meet the needs of individual children and families.

Good use is made of individual teachers' skills and professional learning to enhance the programme offered to children.

There are good opportunities for children to build understandings of their own and other cultures, including Māori and Pacific cultures.

Managers and teachers have been highly responsive to the diverse community needs and challenges posed from the impact of Christchurch earthquakes in 2011.They are reflective and are focussed on improving outcomes for children.

Managers have high expectations and have developed effective systems to build on teachers' capability and leadership skills. The use of internal evaluation has informed some effective changes for the centre that have improved outcomes for children.

The managers work in partnership to implement BestStart systems effectively. This includes the alignment of key guiding documents, quality assurance processes and health and safety practices.

There is a strong shared focus on accountability and continuous improvement to provide positive outcomes for children and families.

Key Next Steps

Managers have identified, and ERO's evaluation has confirmed, that key next steps for leaders are to:

  • develop teachers' confidence and use of indepth evaluation
  • develop stronger learning partnerships with parents
  • further develop assessment and planning for individual and groups of children
  • build on and embed the new appraisal process
  • strengthen bicultural practices in all aspects of centre operation.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

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

Lesley Patterson
Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern

11 August 2016 

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

48 children, including up to 9 aged under two

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 33; Girls 23

Ethnic composition



Percentage of qualified teachers
0-49%       50-79%       80%
Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Meets minimum requirements

Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

June 2016

Date of this report

11 August 2016

Most recent ERO reports

Education Review

April 2013

Education Review

April 2010

Education Review

March 2007

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.