KidsZone Preschool (2013) Ltd - 15/06/2015

1 Evaluation of KidsZone Preschool (2013) Ltd

How well placed is KidsZone Preschool (2013) Ltd 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

KidsZone Preschool (2013) Ltd is a new centre opened in 2014. It is located in the growing Bell Block community, east of New Plymouth. It is licensed for a maximum of 45 children over the age of two years. At the time of the review there were 47 children enrolled.

The managers and head teacher are focused on building the teaching team, developing the learning environment, and raising the profile of the centre in the community. This is the first ERO review for this service.

The Review Findings

Relationships among children, teachers and parents are positive, caring and supportive. Teachers use a range of effective strategies to engage children in purposeful and sustained play. They actively involve themselves in children's learning through meaningful, respectful conversations that promote children's thinking, problem solving and exploration.

Children learn and have fun in a rich, interesting environment that enables them to play, use their creativity and imagination, and support their developing independence. Outdoor areas provide many opportunities for children to participate in active play. Indoor areas are attractive and well set out. A range of appropriate equipment and materials is available to children in all learning areas.

All children have the opportunity to hear and use te reo Māori and enjoy waiata throughout the sessions.

Planning and assessment is responsive to children’s interests and strengths. Children’s portfolios provide a record of learning, participation and development with a mix of individual and group stories. Literacy and numeracy are naturally integrated into the programme, and there is growing use of local community resources and contexts.

The managers and head teacher are providing effective professional leadership and model high quality teaching practice. They are well supported by external expertise in actively guiding ongoing improvement. The reviewed and refined appraisal system provides a sound framework to support teacher development.

Key Next Steps

Centre leaders have identified, and ERO agrees, that in light of the significant development over the first year of operation it is appropriate to revisit and review the centre’s vision and philosophy, and strategic planning.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of KidsZone Preschool (2013) Ltd 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 KidsZone Preschool (2013) Ltd will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central

15 June 2015

2 Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

New Plymouth

Ministry of Education profile number

46379

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

45 children over 2 years of age

Service roll

47

Gender composition

Boys 27, Girls 20

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Other ethnic groups

  2
44
  1

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49%       50-79%       80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:8

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

May 2015

Date of this report

15 June 2015

Most recent ERO report(s) 

No previous ERO reports

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.