Karori Kids' Incorporated - 04/05/2020

1 Evaluation of Karori Kids Incorporated

How well placed is Karori Kids Incorporated to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Karori Kids Incorporated is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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


Karori Kids Incorporated is a not-for-profit community centre providing care and education for two-to five year olds. The all-day centre is licensed for 24 children. It is situated in Karori, Wellington, and is governed by a parent committee operating as an incorporated society.

The centre manager, who is also the head teacher and administrator, has responsibility for day-to-day management. Three of the five fulltime teachers are fully registered and two are provisionally certificated.

Since the February 2017 ERO review, the Ministry of Education purchased the centre from Victoria University, returned the land to the Crown and gifted the buildings to Karori Kids Incorporated. The interior of the building, and the outside play areas, have undergone extensive renovations.

Karori Kids' philosophy statement, developed in partnership with families, emphasises respectful collaborative relationships, honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and emphasises holistic learning and being a responsive member of the centre's learning community.

The previous ERO report identified the following areas for improvement: planning, assessing and evaluating children's learning and internal evaluation to identify next steps toward achieving the vision, mission, goals and philosophy of the service.

The Review Findings

Warm, responsive relationships are clearly evident. Teachers take time to genuinely listen to children and provide resources and environments that encourage exploration that is meaningful and enjoyable for them. Opportunities for purposeful play support children to lead their learning. The outdoor environment provides many opportunities for children to follow their interests and be creative.

Teaching and learning practices promote positive outcomes for all children. Individual and group interests inform child-centred planning. A wall planning map provides a visual tool to document, track and evaluate key learning themes. Individual profile books clearly articulate children's learning and progress.

A strong bicultural curriculum is threaded through the daily life of the centre. Teachers' frequent use of te reo Māori is integrated meaningfully into the programme and woven throughout children's learning stories. Children are enthusiastic participants in waiata, karakia and the centre's haka.

Each child's language, identity and culture are recognised and celebrated.

Children with additional needs are well supported. Teachers work with families and external support to plan specific strategies to respond to individual needs.

Transition to school is very well supported. The centre has consulted with families and local schools to develop practices that promote a smooth transition to school.

Teachers' and leaders' sound appraisal processes support and promote ongoing development of teaching practice. Teachers work collaboratively to provide each other with feedback in relation to the Standards for the Teaching Profession. Ongoing professional development responds to teacher interests and the centre's strategic focus.

The centre manager fosters collaborative ways of working with all involved in the centre. A strong commitment to teaching and learning is promoted and contributes to positive outcomes for all children.

A clear vision and philosophy sets the direction for the centre and is evident in practice. The useful, well-documented strategic plan includes goals informed by parent consultation and expected outcomes for future evaluation. Strategic goals are supported by appropriate actions and resources. The parent committee is focused on continuing improvement and has recently reviewed their governance practice.

Committee members, the manager and teachers use a sound self-review process to evaluate the effectiveness of centre processes and progress towards strategic goals. Increased emphasis on evaluation in relation to expected outcomes, particularly for children, should strengthen this process.

Key Next Steps

ERO and leaders agree that the next step is to:

  • strengthen internal evaluation with a clearer focus on expected outcomes for children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Karori Kids Incorporated 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.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region - Te Tai Tini

4 May 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 Early Childhood Service



Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

24 children over 2 years

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 15, Female 9

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā
Other ethnicities


Percentage of qualified teachers


Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2019

Date of this report

4 May 2020

Most recent ERO reports

Education Review

February 2017

Education Review

February 2014

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

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.