Marton Childcare Centre - 20/02/2019

1 Evaluation of Marton Childcare Centre

How well placed is Marton Childcare Centre to promote positive learning outcomes for children?

Not well placed

Requires further development

Well placed

Very well placed

Marton Childcare is well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children.

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

Background

Marton Childcare is one of two centres owned and operated by a sole trader. It is a mixed age group service licensed for 25 children, including eight up to the age of two at any one time. Of the 26 children enrolled, at the time of this review, nine identify as Māori.

The owner oversees management and staff employment. The day-to-day operation of the service is delegated to the centre supervisor. An assistant supervisor supports her in leading curriculum implementation. Determining and achieving the service's strategic direction and annual goals is undertaken collaboratively by the manager and all teaching staff.  Of the five full time staff, four have early childhood qualifications and current teacher practising certificates. The fifth teacher has completed her first year of early childhood teaching training. One permanent part time educator works across the two services.

The centre philosophy espouses the values of strong relationships with families, whānau and the community. Intended outcomes of the localised curriculum include: celebrating multiculturalism; children experiencing a safe, nurturing and sustainable environment that fosters their curiosity; and that teaching practice and children's learning will reflect Te Whāriki 2017.

This review was part of a cluster of two centres owned by the sole trader.

This service is part of the South Rangitikei Kāhui Ako.

The Review Findings

Children's curiosity and active exploration is fostered through their engagement in a range of planned and spontaneous learning activities and experiences.  Infants and toddlers play amicably alongside their peers and older children. Opportunities for children to participate in learning outside of the centre enriches their early childhood experience.

Strategies in place to involve parents, whānau and aiga in their children's learning continue to evolve. Warm, reciprocal relationships with parents and between staff are evident. These and the high ratio of adults to children enables teachers to know children's preferences and needs well.

Reviewing the quality of curriculum provision for infants and toddlers has been a recent focus of leaders' and teachers' internal evaluation. They recognise further inquiry and evaluation is necessary for them to be assured the curriculum is highly responsive and that teaching and learning experiences support these young children's progress and holistic development. ERO's evaluation confirms this.

Leaders' and teachers' cultural competence has been well supported through professional learning and development. This has resulted in an increased inclusion of te ao Māori and Pacific cultures in the curriculum. Māori, and all children increasingly experience te reo Māori as a meaningful and authentic part of their early childhood experience.

Children identified as requiring additional learning support are well catered for. When appropriate, the service works with external agencies and together they collaborate with families and whānau to develop individual learning programmes for these children.

Establishing an effective collaborative approach to teaching and learning is a strategic priority. Systems in place support this. This culture of collaboration has extended to leaders and teachers employed in both services, owned by the licensee, working cooperatively on shared developments. 

Key Next Steps

Leaders, teachers and the owner need to build their individual and collective capability to lead and carry out effective internal evaluation practices. This should assist them to know:

  • what is working well in the curriculum and who for, and define limitations and identify where further developments are necessary to improve outcomes for children and their families and whānau
  • how effectively the centre philosophy is enacted
  • how well assessment practice for teaching and learning promotes the expressed outcomes of the service and Te Whāriki 2017.

Systems and processes for building leaders' and teachers' capability require strengthening. The manager needs to ensure the appraisal process is rigorously implemented. Goals and development actions should be responsive to individual leaders and teachers needs and promote their ongoing growth. Practices for endorsing and renewing teacher practising certificates must meet all the requirements of the Teaching Council.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Marton Childcare Centre 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 Marton Childcare Centre will be in three years.

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services
Central Region

20 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

Marton

Ministry of Education profile number

51506

Licence type

Education & Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 8 aged under 2

Service roll

30

Gender composition

Boys 19, Girls 11

Ethnic composition

Māori
Pākehā
Other ethnic groups

11
17
  2

Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49%       50-79%       80%

Based on funding rates

80%

Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2

1:4

Better than minimum requirements

Over 2

1:6

Better than minimum requirements

Review team on site

December 2018

Date of this report

20 February 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

November 2016

Education Review

August 2013

Supplementary Review

March 2010

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.