KIDSPACE Quality Early Learning Centre - 03/02/2016

1 Evaluation of KIDSPACE Quality Early Learning Centre

How well placed is KIDSPACE Quality Early Learning Centre 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.

Background

KIDSPACE Quality Early Learning Centre provides education and care for children aged from birth to five years in a mixed age setting. The centre is licensed for 40 children, with provision for 10 children up to two years of age.

Since the May 2013 ERO report, a new teaching team has been established. In March 2015, the centre changed ownership to Provincial Childcare Holdings (the owners) and a new centre manager was appointed. The owners provide management and administrative support. The centre manager is responsible for the day-to-day running of the centre. Staffing stability and sound systems and processes have contributed to a smooth transition to the new owners.

There has been an increase in the enrolment of infants and toddlers. Inquiring into, and catering for the learning needs of this group is a current focus. Plans to provide a separate space for infants who are not yet mobile are underway.

The centre has a positive reporting history with ERO.

The Review Findings

During a time of change teachers have maintained a settled environment and continued to ensure positive outcomes for children.

Children are nurtured in an environment that is welcoming and strongly reflects the centre’s philosophy. Parents spend time playing with their child. Teachers know children and their families well and friendships are promoted. A home-like atmosphere prevails.

Children lead their own learning. The environment allows them to move freely between the indoor and outdoor play areas. Children access a wide range of activities and resources that promote and extend their interests. They are able to challenge themselves and engage in exploration and imaginary play. Regular excursions into the community provide further learning opportunities.

Teachers are included in children’s play. They make the most of opportunities to support and extend children’s learning and foster language development. Literacy, mathematics and science are well integrated into learning experiences.

Routines are responsive to the mixed age group. These provide opportunities for children to develop independence and self-help skills. Teachers provide support appropriate to their ages and stages of development.

Teachers work in collaboration with each other to ensure the needs of young children are met. Infants and toddlers have access to an environment that encourages exploration.

There has been a strategic focus on strengthening the documentation of planning and assessment. Improved systems and process enable teachers to better respond and document learning. Teachers acknowledge they need to continue to strengthen assessment and planning by revisiting individual learning to ensure that this is extended over time.

Profiles are accessible to children and their parents. These are an attractive record of children's engagement in learning and development while at the centre. Profiles capture and celebrate the diverse cultures of children attending the centre. E-portfolios have increased the contribution of parents, families and whānau to children’s learning.

Positive relations between the centre staff and the local school supports older children’s transition. A summary report of each child’s learning provides useful information for children, families and whānau to share with schools.

Children with diverse needs are well supported by teachers. Staff work in collaboration with parents and whānau and seek advice and guidance from appropriate agencies when necessary.

Te ao Māori is well reflected through the authentic use of te reo Māori, resources and relationships with whānau. Strengthening te ao in the environment is the focus of an ongoing review. Teachers expressed a strong commitment to building their cultural competencies.

Teachers are very reflective and focused on further developing and improving their practice. The appraisal process provides a sound platform to support this. The new owners are actively supporting emergent leadership and building the capability and capacity of teachers.

The centre has a well-established process for self review that is responsive to identified priorities. It informs decision making and is used to improve outcomes for children. Shifting the reviews from focusing on what they are doing, to evaluating how well teaching and learning practices strengthen outcomes for children, is a next step.

Key Next Steps

Management and staff agree that they need to continue to strengthen:

  • assessment and planning
  • internal evaluation processes.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of KIDSPACE Quality Early Learning Centre 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 KIDSPACE Quality Early Learning Centre will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central

3 February 2016

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

Location

Napier

Ministry of Education profile number

55430

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children, including up to 10 aged under 2

Service roll

46

Gender composition

Girls 26, Boys 20

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Samoan

Other ethnic groups

13

24

2

7

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

 

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2015

Date of this report

3 February 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

May 2013

 

Education Review

April 2010

 

Education Review

April 2006

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.