Hopscotch Preschool - 14/06/2018

1 Evaluation of Hopscotch Preschool

How well placed is Hopscotch Preschool 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.


Hopscotch Preschool is a privately-owned, all-day education and care centre located in Otorohanga. The centre is licensed for 30 children from two to five years of age and is under the same ownership as the nearby Hopscotch Early Learning Centre that caters for younger children. At the time of this review 48 children were enrolled, including 17 who identify as Māori.

Since the last ERO report in 2015 there has been a complete change of teaching team, with a new supervisor also recently appointed. Centre ownership has remained stable.

The centre makes a commitment to a philosophy respecting the uniqueness of each child, their family and what they bring with them. Parents are acknowledged as the child’s first teacher and their contributions are valued. Teachers aim to nurture and develop learning habits that support the development of confident and competent children.

The Review Findings

There are positive, responsive and respectful relationships between teachers, children and their families and whānau. Teachers value children’s views and this supports centre decision making and changes to routines and programmes. Children are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning and support them to experiment and problem solve. Teachers effectively foster children’s oral language development. There are successful transitions into and out of the centre supported by effective partnerships with families and schools. Children experience a strong sense of belonging and wellbeing in an inclusive environment.

A wide range of meaningful learning opportunities enrich the centre's curriculum. Environments are well resourced for learning and children have many excursions into the local community. Children's early literacy skills and development are well supported. Te reo and tikanga Māori are naturally integrated into the environment. Children's engagement in the life of the centre is captured in learning portfolios which parents can access easily. Strengthening assessment to include individual planning, more closely following children's interests and strengths and progressions of learning is a useful next step.

Management and leadership work collaboratively to improve centre practices. There is ongoing self review and new staff feel well supported through an effective induction process. Management acknowledges the need to develop shared understandings of centre operations and direction with the new team, including a focus on building teacher capability. There is strong communication with parents, families and whānau. Parents feel welcome in the centre and have opportunities to share their views and aspirations for their children. Children learn in a secure physical and emotional environment.

Key Next Steps

Leaders and ERO agree that there is a need to strengthen strategic planning to develop a shared vision and direction for centre improvement.

Priority should be given to reviewing, strengthening and implementing an appraisal system that:

  • aligns to Education Council guidelines

  • develops clear expectations for goal setting, quality of evidence, reflection and inquiry

  • formalises and documents feedback and feedforward to improve practice.

Leaders and teachers acknowledge the need to access external professional learning and development in Te Whāriki 2017 to strengthen planning, teaching and assessment for children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Hopscotch 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Hopscotch Preschool will be in three years.

Lynda Pura-Watson

Deputy Chief Review Officer

Te Tai Miringa - Waikato / Bay of Plenty Region

14 June 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



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children aged over 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 27 Girls 21

Ethnic composition



Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

May 2018

Date of this report

14 June 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

June 2015

Education Review

September 2012

Education Review

November 2009

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.