Kidz Kindy @49 - 07/02/2019

1 Evaluation of Kidz Kindy @49

How well placed is Kidz Kindy @49 to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Kidz Kindy @49 is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Kidz Kindy @49 is one of two early learning centres owned by the same licensee. The centres operate in close proximity to each other. This centre is licensed for 30 children over the age of two years old. It caters for the care and education of children from a culturally rich community.

Since the March 2017 ERO review there has been a change in the ownership and management of the service. There have also been changes to the teaching team. A centre manager oversees the operation of both services. The owner is a trained teacher and is regularly in the programme working with children. Most of the staff are qualified and registered teachers.

The 2017 ERO report identified a need to improve management systems. The new owner and staff have made progress in addressing all areas identified in the report. They have developed a shared philosophy and ways of working across both of the centres.

This review was part of a cluster of two early learning centre reviews in the Kidz Kindy Service.

The Review Findings

Leaders show a strong commitment to the philosophy and goals of the service. They promote shared understandings among teachers to ensure that the philosophy is clearly reflected in practice.

Leaders and teachers carefully consider children at the centre of their decision making. They are aware of their responsibility to advocate and provide equitable and positive outcomes for all children. Children with additional needs are well supported to succeed in their learning.

Teachers strive to understand the child in the context of family and whānau. They make purposeful use of the environment and provision of resources to engage children in the learning programme. Children are actively involved in a wide range of interesting learning experiences and activities that promote literacy, mathematics and fine motor skills. They are well supported to develop independence and to play well with and alongside others.

Teachers foster positive, sensitive and responsive relationships with children. They take time to genuinely listen to children and further develop oral language, ideas and learning. Children have many opportunities to engage in art experiences, physical activities, and to explore the natural outdoor environment.

Leaders value and make good use of teachers' strengths, interests and passions within the curriculum. They promote collaborative ways of working to build emergent leadership capacity and teacher capability. Together they have strengthened planning and assessment processes to support children's wellbeing and learning.

Leaders are building a reflective culture that is focused on continuous improvement and positive outcomes for all children.

Key Next Steps

The new centre owner and leaders have made significant progress in developing a number of new initiatives to support effective management and curriculum practices.

Centre leaders have identified, and ERO's evaluation has confirmed, that the key next steps are to strengthen:

  • the provision of a bicultural curriculum and response to children's language, culture and identity across the curriculum

  • consistency of effective internal evaluation processes and practices

  • appraisal and attestation processes to align more closely to the Education Council requirements.

ERO has identified that assessment, planning and evaluation documentation needs to be strengthened to better reflect the rich curriculum that is offered to children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Kidz Kindy @49 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 Kidz Kindy @49 will be in three years.

Alan Wynyard

Director Review and Improvement Services

Te Waipounamu - Southern Region

7 February 2019

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

Blenheim

Ministry of Education profile number

65227

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

30 children aged over two years old

Service roll

40

Gender composition

Girls 12 ; Boys 18

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Pacific
Other ethnicities

11
12
3
4

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

November 2018

Date of this report

7 February 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

March 2017

Supplementary Review

May 2013

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.