Karori Kids' Incorporated - 18/02/2014

1 Background

Introduction

A Supplementary Review is undertaken at the discretion of a National Manager, Review Services in the Education Review Office (ERO).

A supplementary review evaluates the extent and effectiveness of actions a centre has taken towards addressing issues specified in a previous education review and/or any additional areas identified since that review.

Terms of Reference

This supplementary review is based on an evaluation of the performance of the Karori Kids Incorporated governing body and management in relation to areas identified in the February 2013 ERO report or issues identified since that review. The terms of reference for this review are to investigate:

  • the quality of teachers' interactions with children
  • assessment, planning and evaluation
  • self review
  • health and safety issues.

2 Evaluation Findings

Background

Karori Kids Incorporated is situated in Karori, Wellington. It is managed and owned by a parents’ cooperative. The centre is licensed for 22 children over two years of age.

The February 2013 Supplementary ERO report of the service found that children were engaged in sustained play of their own choosing. Routines had become more flexible and child focused, with children taking greater responsibility for tasks. Interactions between teachers and children were respectful and informative and there was an increasing understanding of self review.

ERO continued to have concerns about: the extension of children's interests through stimulating and interesting conversations; assessment to identify the learning in children’s play; and, the use of self review to guide decisions and improvements in teachers' practice.

Since that review, teachers have undertaken professional learning and development provided by the Ministry of Education. This has focused on improving their practice in these areas.

This review shows that teachers have made significant progress in addressing ERO's previous concerns.

Areas of progress

Teachers are more responsive to the recognised interests of children. They have developed a useful, shared understanding of an assessment process that captures and extends ongoing group and individual investigations. Visual representation clearly shows the lines of inquiry that children are following and the ways they are learning. Parents, teachers and children contribute ideas to extend inquiries. Children and teachers demonstrate increased curiosity and learning conversations are improved. Partnerships with parents are fostered by this shared inquiry.

An individual child’s achievement and progress is shown in their profile book. Multiple voices recognise and celebrate children’s developing skills and dispositions.

Assessment and planning processes affirm the broad range of experiences and diverse learning pathways provided for children.

Self review is increasingly understood and used well to explore and improve aspects of the centre’s provision for children. A wide range of information is collected to support review, including:

  • information from research and current best practice
  • observation of teaching practice and the programme in action
  • surveys of children’s and parents’ opinions.

Teachers reflect on the effectiveness of changes made as a result of review.

Teachers' experience of collaborative and purposeful review has made them enthusiastic about evaluating other aspects of the centre’s operation to improve outcomes for children.

Health and safety concerns have been successfully addressed.

Areas for further improvement

The centre leader identifies that in order to sustain the momentum of improvement, she and other teachers should:

  • continue to embed and further develop assessment practice
  • use self review to evaluate their practice in relation to the centre’s stated philosophy
  • continue to explore ways to provide a curriculum that values the language, culture and identity of Māori children.

3 Future Action

The next ERO review of Karori Kids Incorporated will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services Central Region (Acting)

18 February 2014

Information about the Service

Location

Karori

Ministry of Education profile number

60230

Licence type

Education and Care

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

22 children over 2

Service roll

20

Gender composition

Girls 10, Boys 10

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Pacific

Asian

Other ethnic groups

14

2

3

1

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Review team on site

December 2013

Date of this report

18 February 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

Supplementary Review

Education Review

Supplementary Review

February 2013

March 2012

August 2008