Frankleigh Park Kindergarten - 19/01/2017

1 Evaluation of Frankleigh Park Kindergarten

How well placed is Frankleigh Park Kindergarten 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.

Background

Frankleigh Park Kindergarten provides education and care for children from two to five years of age. The kindergarten is open five days a week, for six hours daily and licensed for up to 30 children. Within these hours, sessional care and education is also provided. Of the roll of 56, five identify as Māori.

The learning setting is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to preschool education that regards the environment as the third teacher. The kindergarten is an accredited enviroschool.

The teaching team is fully qualified and the programme is further assisted by support staff.

The kindergarten is one of 24 governed by the newly established Kindergarten Taranaki (the association), formerly North and South Taranaki Kindergarten Associations. A chief executive was appointed to lead the association in 2014. Three professional leaders are employed by the association to provide professional support and guidance to teachers.

The August 2013 ERO report identified areas of practice requiring further development. These included enhancing teachers' and leaders' evaluative capacity to strengthen aspects of assessment, planning and self review. In addition, the 2013 and May 2015 reviews identified key next steps for the association. Progress is ongoing.

This review was part of a cluster of eight in the Kindergarten Taranaki Association. 

The Review Findings

The environment promotes inquiry-based learning for children. Kindergarten routines are well established for children and teachers. The indoor and outdoor spaces have been thoughtfully designed to engage children in a range of interesting experiences. Environmentally sustainable practices are highly evident and integrated throughout the curriculum. These maximise opportunities for developing children's knowledge of the living world and sense of belonging.

Teachers competently support and extend children's play and learning. Literacy and numeracy are integrated into the curriculum. There is a balance of child and teacher-led activities. A calm and peaceful tone is reflective of the kindergarten philosophy. Children with additional learning needs are identified, supported and monitored over time. Teachers liaise with external agencies as required. Group planning, based on children's interests successfully guides curriculum development.

Children's assessment portfolios demonstrate that teachers effectively analyse learning. These clearly show the links between home and the kindergarten, as parents regularly provide feedback on children's interests. Strengthening teachers' ability to evaluate children's learning, to show progress overtime, is a next step.

Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori are integrated throughout the curriculum. Children's sense of belonging is enhanced through cultural artefacts and celebrations. Positive relationships between parents and teachers assist children to develop understanding of the diverse cultures within their community. This provides a foundation that acknowledges all children's cultures, languages and identities. A next step is to strengthen the reflection of children's cultures through assessment documentation.

Teachers understand the value of educational success for Māori as Māori. Association guidance should support the ongoing focus on promoting this.

The head teacher has implemented a useful appraisal process that includes observations of teacher practice. Professional leaders should regularly monitor this practice.

Professional development inspires teachers to continually reflect on their practice. This approach should support them to strengthen review and evaluation by developing strategies for monitoring, maintaining and improving outcomes for children. In order to achieve this teachers should develop their capability to evaluate kindergarten practices using a clear process.

The board works collaboratively with its community to establish vision, values and strategic priorities. Establishing clearer measures of success should enable the board to measure progress and evaluate how well practices support the realisation of goals and vision.

The board's ongoing commitment to biculturalism is evident through planned initiatives to support teachers to promote te ao Māori in the curriculum and to develop culturally responsive practices. Senior association leaders are focused on developing initiatives to better determine the impact of curriculum delivery and teaching and learning in each kindergarten. 

The association should establish clear expectations of the purpose and use of assessment, planning and evaluation in kindergartens. Professional leaders, in partnership with teaching teams, should then monitor the effective implementation of:

  • assessment, planning and evaluation

  • review and internal evaluation.

In addition, the association should establish a system for the ongoing monitoring of compliance with legislative requirements, including practices related to health and safety.

Key Next Steps

ERO and kindergarten teachers agree that key next steps are to continue to strengthen:

  • acknowledgement of children's cultures and languages in assessment documentation

  • review and internal evaluation practices, to more clearly identify the impact of teaching on learning outcomes.

The association should:

  • strengthen the processes used to evaluate the progress of the strategic plan

  • provide effective guidance and monitoring of association expectations related to assessment, planning and evaluation, review and internal evaluation and health and safety practices.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Frankleigh Park Kindergarten 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 Frankleigh Park Kindergarten will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central

19 January 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

Location

New Plymouth

Ministry of Education profile number

5541

Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

34 children aged over 2

Service roll

56

Gender composition

Girls 33, Boys 23

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Pacific

Other ethnic groups

5

40

1

10

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:10

Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2016

Date of this report

19 January 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

 

Education Review

August 2013

Education Review

August 2010

Education Review

December 2003

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.