Marewa Kindergarten - 21/01/2020

1 Evaluation of Marewa Kindergarten

How well placed is Marewa Kindergarten to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Marewa Kindergarten is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.


Marewa Kindergarten, located in Napier, provides education and care for up to 45 children aged over two years. The current roll of 56, includes 11 children who identify as Māori. Children and families reflect a diverse range of cultures. The kindergarten is a member of the Enviroschools programme.

The kindergarten philosophy emphasises providing a safe, unhurried, healthy and caring environment where there are equitable opportunities for all.

Marewa Kindergarten is one of 16 kindergartens operating under the governance and management of the Napier Kindergarten Association (the association). The governing board is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for the organisation. The day-to-day operation of the association is the role of the general manager. Two education managers provide teaching and learning support for teachers. The board employs a Pou Whakarewa Mātauranga (Professional Practice Advisor Māori) to work alongside all association personnel to continue to strengthen cultural responsiveness.

Since the December 2015 ERO evaluation there have been some changes to the teaching team with the appointment of two new teachers. Progress has been made towards strengthening te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Internal evaluation and assessment, planning and evaluation continue to be areas for the kindergarten to strengthen.

This review was part of a cluster of 16 kindergartens in the Napier Kindergarten Association.

The Review Findings

Children and their whānau experience a welcoming and inclusive environment. Teachers form responsive and reciprocal relationships with whānau. They understand each child in the context of their family and community. This provides a good foundation for learning and development. Responsive relationships support children’s sense of belonging.

Teachers support children's growing social competence through the values of empathy and care. They use effective positive guidance strategies. A calm and well-resourced learning environment promotes children’s oral language development, independence and sustained engagement in their learning.

Māori children experience an environment that affirms their language and culture. Teachers acknowledge whakapapa as integral to the development of a sense of self, belonging and connectedness. Connections between Māori ways of being and sustainable practices support children’s knowledge of Māori world views. Ethnic diversity is valued. Cultures are acknowledged, and children's language and traditions are affirmed within the programme.

Leaders and teachers liaise effectively with specialist services to provide individualised education programmes for children with additional needs. Transitions into the kindergarten and beyond are supported by effective partnerships between families, teachers, services and schools.

Group planning is informed by children's interests. Children's portfolios capture their interests and engagement in the programme. There is a need to develop individual planning for children aligned to the learning outcomes of Te Whāriki. This should better support teachers to:

  • more intentionally provide resources and experiences that respond to individual learning needs

  • ensure assessment strongly reflects increasing complexity over time

  • evaluate how well planned teaching strategies promote individual learning and valued parent aspirations.

The head teacher promotes a collaborative team culture that maximises the strengths of the teaching team to support children’s learning. Professional development has supported teachers' understanding of internal evaluation. There remains a need to further strengthen this to make the process more evaluative. Education managers should continue to grow their knowledge and practice of internal evaluation to better support this process.

The governing board is future focused and has developed a clear strategic direction to meet the diverse needs of its communities. Board members value diversity of viewpoints and gather community and staff voice to inform decision making. Regular reporting by the education managers is useful in identifying how strategic teaching and learning goals are being addressed.

The board places importance on developing teachers' capabilities. Targeted and deliberate building of cultural responsiveness supports Māori children and their whānau to experience success. An association-wide appraisal process is in place to support teacher practice in promoting positive learning outcomes for children. Further strengthening of the appraisal process, including targeted observations, should assist teachers to determine how well they are progressing and actively encourage them to improve their effectiveness.

Key Next Steps

Teachers should:

  • review the philosophy in conjunction with the kindergarten's community, to determine priorities for children’s learning.

  • strengthen understanding and use of effective internal evaluation for improvement to know the impact of teacher practices on children’s learning

  • improve the quality and consistency of assessment, planning and evaluation processes.

Education managers should continue to promote sustained improvement and innovation through strengthening:

  • evaluation, inquiry and professional guidance

  • the appraisal process.


Education managers should strengthen their understanding and use of internal evaluation to systematically evaluate their practices and the impact of these on outcomes for children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Marewa Kindergarten 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.

Since the onsite visit the service has provided ERO with evidence that shows it has addressed the following non-compliance:

  • an annual plan to guide the service's operation. Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008, GMA8

To improve current practice, the early childhood service management should strengthen:

  • implementation of all emergency drills (to include lockdown and tsunami) with children on an at least a three-monthly basis

  • consistent recording of parental authorisation and acknowledgement for the administration of medicine as expected in Napier Kindergarten Association procedures.

Phil Cowie

Director Review and Improvement Services Central

Central Region

21 January 2020

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

Free Kindergarten

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

45 children aged over 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Male 31 Female 25

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

Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

September 2019

Date of this report

21 January 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

These are available at

Education Review

December 2015

Education Review

October 2012

Education Review

May 2009

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

The overall judgement that ERO makes will depend on how well the service promotes positive learning outcomes for children. The categories are:

  • Very well placed

  • Well placed

  • Requires further development

  • Not well placed

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.