Huntsbury Preschool Inc - 21/02/2013

1 Evaluation of the Service

How well placed is the service to promote positive outcomes for children?

Huntsbury Preschool is well placed to promote children’s wellbeing and learning.


The preschool operates for four sessions each week in a hall shared with other community groups.

It is managed by a committee of volunteer parents and a long-serving, dedicated team of registered teachers.

The teachers set up the learning environment on a daily basis. The outdoor spaces provide children with many opportunities to explore, interact and discover the natural world and learn about caring for the environment.

The Review Findings

Positive, caring and affirming relationships (whānaungatanga) are evident between children and teachers and among children. Teachers value children as individuals and nurture and respect them (manaakitanga). Children confidently involve teachers and other children in their play and in their learning.

Children enjoy an unhurried and flexible programme where they make choices and follow their own learning interests. They enjoy revisiting these experiences recorded in easily accessible and well-presented profile books, containing their early childhood journey.

Teachers listen carefully to children, giving them time to think and respond, supporting them to get excited about their learning. They use questions that encourage children to extend on their ideas and develop their literacy skills.

Parents are highly involved in the management of the centre and daily programme. They are welcomed and encouraged to spend time at the centre. Teachers' close relationships with parents help them learn more about individual children and their interests.

Teachers plan for a wide range of learning experiences. This includes regular contributions from parents, whānau and other members of the community with particular strengths. Teachers have identified, and ERO agrees, that the programme should include more opportunities for children to learn about Māori concepts, language, and customs.

Teachers work well together to benefit children’s learning and wellbeing. They share useful information during the programme, plan together and regularly discuss individual children’s interests and abilities. The next step is for teachers to continue to build on current planning, assessment and self-review practices to focus more on how to improve learning outcomes for children.

Interesting child-centred learning experiences and effective parent and educator partnerships are strong aspects of the centre’s programme. The next step for the parent committee and teachers is to further strengthen long-term and annual planning, so that the centre’s priorities are met and existing good practices continue to benefit children.

2 Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the management of Huntsbury Preschool Inc completed an ERO Centre Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist. In these documents they attested that they select ‘have’ or ‘have not’ taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal obligations related to:

  • administration
  • health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial and property management.

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.

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3 Next Review

When is ERO likely to review the early childhood service again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services Southern Region

21 February 2013

Information about the Early Childhood Service


Beckenham, Christchurch

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 1998

Number licensed for

30 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 27

Girls 23

Ethnic composition

New Zealand European/Pākehā


Other Ethnicities




Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2012

Date of this report

21 February 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Education Review

June 2009

October 2005

January 2003

General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

About ERO Reviews

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that reviews schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.

Review focus

ERO's education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. ERO evaluates how well placed the service is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at the service. To reach these findings ERO considers:

  • 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 self review and partnerships with parents and whānau.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of service performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.