Flying Turtles Preschool - 07/11/2019

1 Evaluation of Flying Turtles Preschool

How well placed is Flying Turtles Preschool to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

The Flying Turtles Preschool is very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.


Flying Turtles Preschool is in Pukekohe and licensed for 50 children. The preschool offers both full and part-day education and care for children from four years old to school age. Children come from a range of ethnic backgrounds, including five who identify as Māori.

Through their vision and philosophy, teachers aim to develop caring, respectful relationships with all children, families, the environment and local community.

Flying Turtles Preschool is one of three early learning centres governed by the director who supports supervisors and managers to oversee teaching practices. Leadership provides an overarching governance and management framework for enacting the strategic direction.

Since ERO's December 2015 evaluation, management and teachers have undertaken professional development to further their knowledge of appraisal practice and deepen their understanding of tikanga Māori.

The Review Findings

Children’s learning is effectively promoted through responsive and respectful teaching. Relationships are positive and affirming between teachers and children. A wide range of learning opportunities are accessible to all learners. Children lead their learning through a flexible and inclusive curriculum where teachers foster independence. Planning, assessment and evaluation identifies children’s current skills and knowledge, and shows progress over time. This should be strengthened to add complexity to children's learning outcomes. Positive transitions into and out of the centre support children's confidence and sense of belonging.

Teachers effectively model appropriate language to promote children’s oral development. Literacy, numeracy and science are integrated into the programme. Positive and engaging interactions between teachers and children support social competence. The outside learning environment supports risk taking and problem solving and cater for a range of interests and skill development.

Teachers promote te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and build on children’s knowledge of te ao Māori. The centre's vision and strategic planning identify a commitment to further improve the bicultural curriculum. Children benefit from a curriculum that provides the opportunity to explore, inquire and follow their own interests.

The appraisal system enhances teacher capability and capacity. A culture of collaboration is fostered through effective consultation that promotes positive partnerships between parents and teachers. Children with additional learning needs are fully involved in the learning environment through inclusive teaching practices. All children are valued and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning. Leaders have established a reflective learning environment.

Effective governance promotes positive learning outcomes for all children. Clear policies, procedures and systems effectively guide daily operation. The centre vision and philosophy are enacted and promote quality teaching practice. Leadership opportunities for teachers are provided. Internal evaluation includes a strategic approach to change management leading to improvement. Children experience an environment where high-quality learning opportunities are underpinned by effective governance and management.

Key Next Steps

For ongoing improvement, the centre needs to:

  • continue to strengthen bicultural practices and the meaningful inclusion of te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori in the curriculum
  • continue to refine assessment practice to identify intentional teaching practices that add complexity to children's learning outcomes.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Flying Turtles Preschool 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.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region

7 November 2019

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, aged over 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Female 25

Male 22

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā





Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

August 2019

Date of this report

7 November 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

December 2015

Education Review

October 2012

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

The overall judgement that ERO makes will depend on how well the service promotes positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed

  • Well placed

  • Requires further development

  • Not well placed

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.