Liberty Kids Christian Preschool - 02/12/2013

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 Liberty Kids Christian Preschool governing body and management in relation to areas identified in the November 2012 ERO report or issues identified since that review. The terms of reference for this review are to investigate:

  • the extent to which teaching practices and programme routines support children’s learning and development
  • the extent to which the philosophy and policies promote quality teaching practices
  • the extent to which self review is resulting in improved centre operation to promote positive outcomes for children
  • the extent to which curriculum leadership has been strengthened
  • any other issues relevant to the management and operation of the centre that arise during the course of this review.

2 Evaluation Findings

Background

Liberty Kids Christian Preschool in Avondale, Auckland, provides education and care for up to 50 children over two years of age. It provides all day care and a variety of sessional options to suit the needs of families. The centre opened in 2010 and it is governed and managed by the Liberty Impact Community Trust (LICT).

Children and teachers come from diverse cultural backgrounds, including Māori, Samoan and Tongan. Some children are new to New Zealand and are learning to speak English.

The centre philosophy is founded on Christian values and beliefs. It highlights the centre’s commitment to New Zealand’s bicultural heritage, and to the different cultures and beliefs in the community.

ERO’s 2012 report identified areas of concern around the quality of teaching practices, the programme routines, the extent of self review and curriculum leadership. The centre has responded to the areas identified for improvement. Very good progress has been made in relation to these areas.

Over the past year teachers have been involved in professional development to build their knowledge and understanding of children’s learning. The centre manager and teachers display commitment to continuing to implement ongoing improvements to practice.

Areas of progress

Considerable progress has been made in the development of management systems and teaching and learning practices. These changes have resulted in noticeable improvements to learning outcomes for children. Children are settled and independent.

Regular and consistent external organisational and leadership support has been a significant contributing factor that has guided and effected these improvements. Teachers are working as a collaborative team to improve outcomes for children.

The centre manager communicates well with the trust and provides them with useful information. This good communication and information enables trustees to make appropriate decisions that bring about positive outcomes for children and enable the smooth operation of the preschool.

Self-review practices are becoming embedded and are helping the centre manager and staff to strengthen the quality of leadership that guides daily and ongoing practices. They have used self review to further develop the centre philosophy so that it links to the early childhood curriculum and to improve the purpose of routines and the learning programme. Staff have increased confidence in their use of self review. They see its importance for centre improvement. The centre manager and staff should continue to develop this practice.

Areas for further improvement

The centre manager, LICT representative and ERO agree that managers should provide whole-centre professional learning for teachers in order to:

  • support children to increase their sense of curiosity, and develop skills to lead and direct their own learning
  • increase their listening and questioning techniques in order to add depth to children’s learning.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next review of Liberty Kids Christian Preschool will be in three years.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region

2 December 2013

3 Information about the Service

Location

Avondale, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

45506

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

50 children, including up to 0 aged under 2

Service roll

54

Gender composition

Girls 30

Boys 24

Ethnic composition

Māori

NZ European/Pākehā

Chinese

Samoan

African

Japanese

Tongan

Albanian

Indian

Vietnamese

3

23

5

5

4

4

4

2

2

2

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Review team on site

October 2013

Date of this report

2 December 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

November 2012