Home Grown Kids Auckland 1 - 19/06/2020

1 Evaluation of Home Grown Kids Auckland 1

How well placed is Home Grown Kids Auckland 1 to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Home Grown Kids Auckland 1 is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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


Home Grown Kids Auckland 1 provides home-based education and care for infants and children up to school age within the Auckland region, including Waiheke Island. The service is a standard funded network. A qualified visiting teacher (VT) is responsible for the day-to-day support of experienced educators.

Since the previous ERO review the service has been purchased by Edubase Limited. A new governance structure was established in September 2019. Two directors and a national senior leadership team are responsible for service operations. A regional manager is the professional teaching and learning leader. She works closely with VTs to assist educators to provide a home-based curriculum.

The organisation's vision is to enable all tamariki to learn, grow and thrive in a home-based setting. The philosophy highlights Te Tiriti based practices and a bicultural curriculum.

This review was part of a cluster of four Home Grown Kids network reviews in the Edubase national organisation.

The Review Findings

The specific needs of infants, toddlers and young children are supported by a consistent and familiar educator. Emphasis is given to providing respectful and nurturing interactions within a small group setting.

Learning records show that the languages and cultures of children and their families are acknowledged and respected. There is a deliberate focus on developing bicultural perspectives and te ao Māori understandings. Leaders and teachers have identified that this can be further strengthened. Good modelling within the VT team is strengthening practice across the networks.

Leaders and VTs promote positive, reciprocal relationships to support educators with teaching and learning. VTs promote professional learning partnerships with and between educators. The aspirations that parents/whānau have for their children’s learning are sought, valued and responded to.

The VTs and educators use their knowledge and skills from professional learning to improve practice and to provide children with a stimulating curriculum. They are well supported by leaders to enact their role and responsibilities. Regular communication is promoting collaboration and collegiality amongst the VT team. They willingly share and discuss their work.

The VTs provide written feedback to educators about the curriculum provided for children. The quality of this information is being strengthened so that it includes evidence about children's learning and progress over time. The VT team is reflective and committed to making improvements that lead to positive outcomes for children.

Senior leaders are currently undertaking a significant review of all health and safety processes. This work is ongoing and is necessary to improve systems, processes and practices, especially in relation to meeting statutory obligations.

Key Next Steps

Key next steps are to:

  • refine strategic planning to include annual action plans and processes for monitoring, evaluating and reporting identified service priorities, including compliance with legal requirements

  • extend VT's knowledge and capability in relation to evaluative practice

  • strengthen the quality and consistency of the curriculum, particularly in the areas of assessment, planning and evaluation.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Home Grown Kids Auckland 1 completed an ERO Home-based Education and Care 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.

Since the review, the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed non-compliances relating to health and safety, and governance and management.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region - Te Tai Raki

19 June 2020

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 Home-based Education and Care Service



Ministry of Education profile number


Institution type

Homebased Network

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

80 children, including up to 80 aged under 2

Service roll


Standard or Quality Funded


Gender composition

Girls 13 Boys 10

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā
other ethnic groups


Number of qualified coordinators in the network


Required ratios of educators to children

Under 2


Over 2


Review team on site

February 2020

Date of this report

19 June 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports

Previously Connections in the Home Howick

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 the draft methodology for ERO reviews in Home-based Education and Care Services: July 2008

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.