Marshwood Montessori Preschool - 30/05/2019

1 Evaluation of Marshwood Montessori Preschool

How well placed is Marshwood Montessori Preschool to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Marshwood Montessori Preschool is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Marshwood Montessori Preschool in Glendowie, Auckland, provides early childhood education and care for up to 40 children from two to six years of age. Children and families have the option of sessional or full-day participation. Most children are Pākehā with smaller numbers of children from a range of other ethnicities.

The preschool is made up of two mixed-age rooms and a shared outdoor space. It is staffed by a stable teaching team of five qualified and registered early childhood teachers and a qualified Montessori teacher. The preschool owner/director shares the leadership role with two head teachers.

The centre's programme aims to combine the principles of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, and the Montessori philosophy.

The 2015 ERO report noted the trusting relationships children have with adults, and teachers respectfully supporting children in their play. These aspects have been maintained. Since the 2015 review, teachers have continued to enhance good practices by further refining their appraisal process and supporting children to develop confidence in themselves as independent learners.

The Review Findings

Children are confident to make their own choices and establish friendships with teachers and peers. Children contribute to the learning programme and lead their own learning. They have the freedom and opportunity to develop thinking and problem solving skills.

Interactions between teachers and children are positive and contribute to children's learning. Teachers support children to become competent, independent learners. They interact respectfully with children and engage them in meaningful conversations. Teachers are sensitive and responsive to children’s individual development, and programmes are very inclusive of children with additional needs.

Teachers set up well-considered learning environments that support children learning through play. Natural science has a special emphasis. They offer experiences and a variety of learning opportunities for children's exploration and play. Teachers cater well for the mixed age group.

The environment and teachers' practice strongly reflect the principles and practices of the Montessori curriculum. Teachers encourage children to develop their competencies in this programme and they document their individual progress and assessment.

Children also have some opportunities to follow and develop their emerging interests and strengths. Teachers are responsive to the rich diversity of cultures in the preschool, and include the aspirations of parents in the programme. They continue to strengthen relationships with the local community.

Teachers observe children at play to inform the planning of programmes for groups of children. They build on children's literacy, numeracy and social skills in their play. Teachers collect information about children's learning and participation in preschool activities and events in individual portfolios.

The preschool promotes bicultural practice well. The bicultural heritage of Aotearoa is celebrated throughout the preschool environment.

Parents express a very high level of satisfaction with the education and care provided for their children. They appreciate the personalised relationships and the opportunities to discuss their child’s learning, through children's reports, learning portfolios and in parent teacher meetings. The preschool has developed close relationships and positive transition processes with the local school. This helps familiarise children and parents with the next steps in their educational journey.

Managers support teachers' professional development. This helps them to prioritise for the preschool and contributes to ongoing improvement in teaching practice.

Key Next Steps

ERO, teachers and managers have identified that key next steps for the preschool's development should include continuing to:

  • develop teachers' appraisal systems by focusing on teacher inquiry into aspects of practice

  • deepen teachers' knowledge and implementation of Te Whāriki 2017 with a focus on children's individual learning dispositions and interests over time

  • strengthen the recording of planning, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching practice in promoting positive outcomes for children.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Marshwood Montessori Preschool 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.

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

30 May 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

Glendowie, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

20581

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

40 children aged over 2 years

Service roll

40

Gender composition

Girls 21 Boys 19

Ethnic composition

Māori
NZ European/Pākehā
Chinese
Indian
other ethnic groups

1
10
8
4
17

Percentage of qualified teachers

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Over 2

1:7

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

April 2019

Date of this report

30 May 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

September 2015

Education Review

August 2011

Education Review

April 2008

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.