Kilbirnie Community Creche - 17/12/2014

1 Evaluation of Kilbirnie Community Creche

How well placed is Kilbirnie Community Creche 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.


Kilbirnie Community Creche provides education and care for 20 preschool children, including five up to two years of age. An advisory committee of elected parents governs the centre. The day-to-day running is the responsibility of the manager and senior teacher. The creche philosophy of children learning most effectively through a ‘self-choice’ approach continues to guide practice. There is a strong focus on partnership with parents and the local community.

The teaching team is experienced and well established. The March 2012 ERO report identified several areas for development and review. Management and teachers were highly responsive to suggestions in the report. They drew up a deliberate action plan that is regularly reviewed and discussed. Consequently, all areas for review and development have been addressed. The centre has a good reporting history with ERO.

The Review Findings

Teachers use their knowledge of children to ensure that the curriculum is responsive to their strengths and interests. They demonstrate respectful, sensitive and nurturing interactions. Teachers encourage children to develop their independence, problem-solve and take risks as they learn. Children have plenty of choice in their play, reflecting centre philosophy. Teachers and children have fun learning together. Teachers model quiet, calm and respective relationships. The physical environment offers a variety of challenges to encourage children’s exploration.

Assessment, in the form of learning stories, focuses on learning attitudes or dispositions. Connections are made within and between assessment records. Children’s progress is shown over time and the development of learning is demonstrated. Their language, culture and identity are intentionally reflected. Planning is informed by assessment and session evaluations. Records of children’s learning are in individual portfolios or displayed on centre walls. Te reo Māori is deliberately incorporated throughout assessment, planning and evaluation. Documentation of children’s learning includes the use of te reo Māori. This is a feature of the centre.

A bicultural perspective is strong and highly visible. A recent focus for self review and professional learning and development has been about ways to promote success for Māori children. Managers and teachers continue to explore and define what success for Māori as Māori means at their centre. Staff have revisited their philosophy and made links to strategic planning and appraisal. Teachers have engaged with whānau to improve their knowledge of tikanga Māori. The planned use of the Ministry of Education resources, Ka Hikitia: Accelerating Success 2013 - 2017 and Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners is likely to further enrich the curriculum.

Children have many opportunities to develop their understanding of mathematics concepts through authentic learning experiences. Te reo Māori is successfully interwoven through literacy and numeracy learning.

Children up to two years of age learn in a secure, calm environment where teachers and older peers support them to make choices and master their own physical development. Affirming relationships between teachers, children and their families promote the development of children’s positive sense of self and belonging. Young children access a varied and flexible outdoor environment.

A performance management system for teachers has been developed since the previous ERO report. The process aligns teachers' goals to centre priorities and the Registered Teacher Criteria. Providing evidence of progress towards goals should strengthen the process and further contribute to teachers’ development.

Self review is evaluative and includes indicators for desired practice. Well-considered strategic planning guides ongoing development and change.

The centre manager and senior teacher work collaboratively to guide teaching and learning. Positive outcomes for all children are consistently promoted.

The committee is well informed and supported by the centre manager. They effectively guide centre operation through well-developed systems and processes.

Key Next Steps

Next steps for development should include:

  • deciding and documenting curriculum priorities that reflect the unique culture of the centre and the shared values and beliefs
  • reviewing the centre's effectiveness in meeting these priorities
  • teachers using evidence to show how they are meeting requirements in their appraisal.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Kilbirnie Community Creche 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 Kilbirnie Community Creche will be in four years.

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services Central Region

17 December 2014

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 and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

20 children, including 5 aged up to 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 24, Girls 17

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā

Other ethnic groups




Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2


Better than minimum requirements


Over 2


Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2014

Date of this report

17 December 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

March 2012


Education Review

December 2008


Education Review

March 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.