Kaikorai Kindergarten - 02/08/2012

1 The Education Review Office (ERO) Evaluation

Kaikorai Kindergarten is well placed to promote positive outcomes for children. Most of the children who attend the kindergarten live in the local area and attend neighbouring schools when they turn five.

Children and their families benefit from strong and supportive relationships with the teachers. The teachers provide an interesting and varied programme that has an emphasis on children developing their physical and social skills when playing outdoors.

The teachers share their responsibilities across the team and are very supportive of each other. They agree that self review is a work in progress and that they need to use this process to continue to improve their programme and practices.

Dunedin Kindergartens (DK) provides strong professional support to the teachers at the kindergarten.

Future Action

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

2 Review Priorities

The Focus of the Review

Education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. To reach these findings ERO evaluates:

Pou Whakahaere – how governance and management determines the service’s vision/philosophy and direction to ensure positive outcomes for children

Pou Ārahi – how the leadership and capability of all involved, including educators, enhances positive outcomes for children

Mātauranga – whose knowledge is valued and how the curriculum is implemented to achieve positive outcomes for children

Tikanga whakaako – how approaches to teaching and learning reflect diversity and support positive outcomes for children.

Within these areas ERO considers the effectiveness of partnerships with whānau and self review. ERO evaluates how well placed the centre is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at Kaikorai Kindergarten.

How well placed is Kaikorai Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?


This review was conducted as part of a trial of ERO’s revised approaches to reviews in early childhood education services. The trial used a cluster approach for the reviews of three centres within the Dunedin Kindergartens (DK) umbrella organisation.

Kaikorai Kindergarten is one of 22 kindergartens under the umbrella of Dunedin Kindergartens. The kindergarten provides sessional and full day programmes for children aged two to five years. The children at this kindergarten come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds

Areas of strength

Children who attend this kindergarten are well supported by their teachers in their learning and development. A strength of this kindergarten is the way in which teachers have established effective partnerships with parents and reflect children's diverse cultures in their programme and teaching practices.

Children, with the help of their teachers, learn to be independent and take responsibility for caring for the environment and for each other. They have positive, affectionate relationships with their teachers. The teachers have genuine conversations with children to extend and support their learning.

Children's learning is further supported by a programme that has:

  • good routines and clear expectations for behaviour
  • an emphasis on building children's social competence and physical confidence in the outdoor environment
  • made Māori perspectives visible in the environment and teaching practices
  • many opportunities for children to learn about early literacy and mathematics and use information communication technologies (ICT)
  • a wide range of resources and experiences for children to choose from.

The teachers work well together as a team. They share many of the roles and responsibilities and use each other's strengths to good advantage.

The teachers are well supported by the senior teachers of the DK and receive support from them for ongoing professional learning to improve outcomes for children. The DK managers and governors have a clear strategic direction and sound policy framework to support the kindergarten.

Areas for development and review

The team has identified that self review is work in progress. The self-review process could be strengthened by:

  • developing indicators of best practice to measure their progress
  • teachers having a stronger focus on measuring the effectiveness of what they do.

Teachers should review how they record the priorities for individual children's learning and what they will do to extend and support the learning.

They should also find ways to gather more formally and use the aspirations that all families have for their children.

3 Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff of Kaikorai 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 documentation, including policies, procedures and records of recent use of procedures. ERO also checked elements of the following areas that have a potentially high impact on outcomes for children:

  • emotional safety (including behaviour management, prevention of bullying and abuse)
  • physical safety (including behaviour management, sleeping and supervision practices; accidents and medication; hygiene and routines; travel and excursion policies and procedures)
  • staff qualifications and organisation
  • evacuation procedures and practices for fire and earthquake.

4 Future Action

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

Graham Randell National Manager Review Services Southern Region

2 August 2012

About the Centre



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

All Day

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys: 27 Girls: 22

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā



Cook Island Māori







Review team on site

May 2012

Date of this report

2 August 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Education Review

December 2008

February 2006

June 2003