Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery - 04/12/2017

1 Evaluation of Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery

How well placed is Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery are well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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


Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery is a privately owned and operated education and care centre for children from 0 to 5 years of age. Children learn and play in two separate spaces with adjacent outdoor areas.

The centre's philosophy is based on providing children with quality care and education in a welcoming and family orientated environment that encourages the skills for life-long learning.

Close links with the local community are an important aspect of the centre. A significant number of families who attend the centre work in the local area.

The centre opened in late 2015. Since that time the roll and staffing provisions have continued to grow. The majority of teachers are qualified and certified early childhood teachers. The others are in training to become teachers.

The Review Findings

Teachers know children and their families well. Children and teachers share respectful interactions. Teachers respond positively and extend children's interests and learning. They support and challenge children's thinking and language development.

Children are provided with a wide variety of interesting and creative learning experiences. When children have opportunities to make choices about their learning, they are settled and engaged in sustained play. Teachers are actively involved alongside children in their play and encourage their involvement in a range of activities.

Children in the nursery benefit from the nurturing and caring relationships. With high ratios of children to adults, they experience close connections with a small number of familiar adults. Good communication amongst teachers to support individual children's needs, interests and strengths. Young children's early language development is carefully supported and extended. Parents are kept well informed about their child's learning and wellbeing.

The centre managers and teachers proactively engage with parents and whānau. They regularly seek parents' aspiration for their children and feedback about aspects of the centre's operation.

Teachers are well supported in building their cultural competencies and understandings of Māori language and culture. There is increasing use of te reo Māori within the programme and Māori values are naturally incorporated into the centre's documentation. The managers have identified that this is an area they would like to continue to extend.

Teachers' strengths and interests are recognised and used well, building leadership capacity across the centre. Newly developed guidelines for teaching provide a useful framework to support an understanding of best practice planning and assessment processes.

Centre managers are focused on providing quality education and care. They have made good use of an external provider to support the development of clearly defined centre priorities and practices. Teachers and managers are building a culture of reflective practice and are strongly committed to positive outcomes for children. They have developed a useful format for internal evaluation that focuses on improvement and results in changes to practice.

Key Next Steps

The centre managers and ERO agree that the key priorities are to continue to:

  • strengthen planning and assessment for individual and small groups of children, showing clear links to individual learning goals and making sure there is a consistency across the teaching teams
  • ensuring that the needs of all children are met
  • increase the robustness of the appraisal process in order to meet the requirements of the Education Council.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery 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 Ferrymead Preschool and Nursery will be in three years.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern

Te Waipounamu - Southern Region

4 December 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

50 children, including up to 15 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 35: Girls 32

Ethnic composition

Other ethnicities


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

October 2017

Date of this report

4 December 2017

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.