Frankton Kindergarten - 26/11/2018

1 Evaluation of Frankton Kindergarten

How well placed is Frankton 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

Frankton Kindergarten, is located in the suburb of Frankton in Hamilton, and is licensed for 47 children. The kindergarten offers both full and part-day education and care for children aged two years old to school age. Children come from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds and for many English is an additional language. At the time of this ERO review 54 children were enrolled, including 24 who identify as Māori.

The kindergarten is one of 29 kindergartens that operate under the Waikato Kindergarten Association (WKA), which is a charitable trust. The strategic direction of the association is guided by the overarching statement, ‘Our children are strong in heart, head and hand’. The WKA has a commitment to providing quality, inclusive services that effectively meet the diverse educational needs of all children attending. Cultural advice, guidance and support is provided to the organisation by a kaumātua from Tainui.

All kindergartens in the WKA are involved in a ‘Cool for School’ transition programme and sustainable education, environment and health programmes such as Enviroschools and Sport Waikato Under 5 Energise. The kindergartens’ education, operational and administrative responsibilities are supported by experienced association personnel.

The kindergarten’s philosophy focuses on establishing and maintaining warm and trusting relationships between kaiako, tamariki and whānau and providing a strong sense of belonging for children. The kindergarten believes in the importance of play and nurturing children to develop social competency in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Priority is placed on embracing bicultural values, traditions and language, as well as celebrating cultural diversity with the community.

Since the last ERO review in 2014, there have been significant changes to the teaching team. A new head teacher was appointed in 2017 and there are also three new teachers. The kindergarten has responded well to the areas identified in the previous report. The WKA has also undertaken an extensive redevelopment of the outdoor play area.

This review was part of a cluster of eight kindergarten reviews in the WKA.

The Review Findings

The curriculum is highly inclusive and responsive. Children with additional learning and behavioural needs are well identified and supported through ongoing individualised planning and external support. The language, culture and identity of Māori and other diverse groups are highly visible and prioritised in planning and assessment. Children experience a sense of belonging and connection to their cultural heritage. A personalised approach to transitions into and out of the kindergarten contributes to success for children. The curriculum has a strong focus on literacy and mathematics and is enriched through a wide range of meaningful and authentic contexts, including environmental education, trips into the local community and visitors to the kindergarten. Children have extensive opportunities to lead their own learning, exercise choice and problem solve.

Relationships between teachers, children and their families are affirming, sensitive and respectful. Teachers deliberately develop children’s skills for social competence and skilfully use positive guidance strategies to support children's learning and behaviour. Parents' views and aspirations for their children are gathered and used effectively in individualised planning and assessment. Positive partnerships for learning are enhanced through the effective sharing of children’s learning progress and the involvement of parents, families and whānau in kindergarten activities. The learning environments are attractive and well resourced, with many deliberate provocations that promote positive learning outcomes. Children experience a sense of belonging and wellbeing in a family-based environment.

Highly-collaborative leadership is focused on building teacher capability. The head teacher has established a positive team culture with a shared vision for the kindergarten and high levels of trust. Relationships with parents, families, whānau and community have been strengthened through a strategic approach to communication and consultation. Leadership has enhanced bicultural practices in the kindergarten through involvement with the local marae and kaumātua. Internal evaluation is used effectively to inform changes to practice and improve outcomes for children.

The WKA provides sound, comprehensive systems, policies and procedures to guide kindergarten practice. Teachers have access to ongoing and targeted professional development to promote improved practice and contribute to positive outcomes for children. Education services managers work closely with the head teacher and provide well-informed professional leadership to support kindergarten operations. Effective governance by WKA is contributing to inclusive and equitable services for children.

Key Next Steps

ERO and leaders agree the next steps for this kindergarten are to:

  • formalise the kindergarten’s local curriculum in consultation with parents, whānau and local community

  • continue to refine the planning and assessment process to ensure consistency of practice.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Frankton 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 Frankton Kindergarten will be in four years.

Adrienne Fowler

Director Review and Improvement Services

Te Tai Miringa - Waikato / Bay of Plenty Region

26 November 2018

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

Hamilton

Ministry of Education profile number

5141

Licence type

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

47 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll

54

Gender composition

Boys 28 Girls 26

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Pacific
Indian
Other

24
14
4
4
8

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

October 2018

Date of this report

26 November 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

November 2014

Education Review

September 2011

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.