Home2Grow Childcare 2 - 17/12/2020

1 Evaluation of Home2Grow Childcare 2

How well placed is Home2Grow Childcare 2 to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Home2Grow Childcare 2 requires further development to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

Home2Grow Childcare 2 needs to ensure that safety checking systems meet requirements.

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


Home2Grow Childcare 2 is one of three home-based education and care networks owned by Home2Grow Limited. Educators provide programmes in their homes for up to four children. Most children are of Samoan heritage. Some of the educators are children's grandparents.

The service is led by an owner/managing director, who works collaboratively with visiting teachers, administrators, educators and whānau. The director and visiting teachers are registered teachers. They support educators to plan educational programmes for children and monitor health and safety provisions.

ERO's 2017 review identified that the service provided a culturally responsive curriculum. ERO recommended that the alignment between strategic goals, appraisal and internal evaluation processes be strengthened. ERO also noted that visiting teachers could better document how they guide educators' practice.

This review was part of a cluster of two reviews in the Home2Grow organisation.

The Review Findings

A collaborative vision and philosophy guide service operations and practices. Programmes in homes are based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum. The director, visiting teachers and educators have sustained an organisational culture that values and affirms the knowledge and experiences children and their whānau bring to the service.

Assessment records show that visiting teachers and educators know infants, toddlers, young children and their whānau well. Whānau are invited to share their aspirations and goals for their children's learning. Educators and visiting teachers work with whānau to develop shared understandings about the value of learning through play. Visiting teachers and educators use appropriate strategies and resources to support children's learning.

Positive approaches to help educators recognise children's interests and dispositions are evident. Educators reflect on the quality of education and care they provide for children. A visiting teacher supports educators to undertake an early childhood qualification. She attends all lectures alongside educators to help their understanding of the course content.

Efficient governance and management systems guide service operations. The director recognises the importance of maintaining consistent systems across all three networks. To improve current practices, the director and visiting teachers could more closely monitor the implementation and recording of health and safety systems.

Key Next Steps

Key next steps are to:

  • support educators to record children's learning and progress
  • respond to and regularly revisit the aspirations parents have for their child's learning.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Home2Grow Childcare 2 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.

Action for compliance

ERO identified an area of non-compliance relating to ensuring that educators and educator family members are safety checked in accordance with the Children's Act 2014.

Education and Training Act, 2020, 25.


ERO recommends the Ministry of Education follows up with the service provider to ensure that the non-compliance identified in this report is addressed promptly.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)

Northern Region - Te Tai Raki

17 December 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


East Tamaki, Auckland

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

Boys 21 Girls 18

Ethnic composition

Samoan other ethnic groups

36 3

Number of qualified coordinators in the network


Required ratios of educators to children

Under 2


Over 2


Review team on site

September 2020

Date of this report

17 December 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

August 2017

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.