Mary Richmond Kindergarten - 23/12/2015

1 Evaluation of Mary Richmond Kindergarten

How well placed is Mary Richmond Kindergarten 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.


Mary Richmond Kindergarten is licensed to provide early childhood care and education for up to 43 children aged over two years. The service is located in the Napier suburb of Maraenui and has a role of 38 children, of whom 28 are Māori. Morning sessions cater for younger children, those older may also attend in the afternoon. Since 2012, there has been a substantial increase in the number of younger children attending.

The kindergarten is part of the Napier Kindergarten Association, which oversees the operation of 16 kindergartens including two based in Wairoa. A board of trustees oversees governance for the association and support for the general manager. Two education managers are responsible for building teacher capability. A recently appointed Pou Whakarewa Matauranga supports teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of te ao Māori. He demonstrates a clear vision for Māori children and their whānau.

There has been growth in parent, whānau and community input and presence. Culture, language and identity has been further celebrated through the input of Enviroschools programme.

Since the October 2012 ERO report, positive features have been sustained. Progress is evident in teachers’ responses to the recommended next steps.

This review was part of a cluster of 9 reviews in the Napier Kindergarten Association.

The Review Findings

Positive relationships are a strength of the kindergarten. Children confidently participate in learning. Their cooperative play and choices are well supported. The centre philosophy highlights Kotahitanga. This principle of oneness is enacted through practices that promote belonging, respect and tuakana teina, and reflect parent and whānau aspirations for their children. Manaakitanga and high levels of care for children are evident.

The curriculum continues to develop with Enviroschools becoming more embedded. The recently introduced Mindfulness programme empowers children to communicate and self-manage. This programme contributes to increased whānau engagement in their children’s learning.

Te ao Māori is central to the environment. The development of the Whare Manu provides a focus for children and whānau to connect the Māori natural world. Children embrace and value the space. Teachers have strengthened their te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and actively continue their development in this area. Māori ways of knowing, doing and being are enacted.

Children’s profile books are attractively presented and include individual and group narratives. Links to Te Whāriki the early childhood curriculum are included. Children are portrayed as confident and competent learners through stories. There has been recent progress in strengthening the learning links in profiles. Teachers continue to improve how they record children’s learning over time.

The head teacher provides reflective professional leadership focused on improving outcomes for children. A distributed leadership model, which draws on team members’ strengths and interests is evident. The experienced team accesses relevant and useful learning and development. Continuing to improve the appraisal process to support growth in teaching practices is a next step.

Teachers’ approach to self review has improved and better informs kindergarten developments. It includes children’s and parents' input. An ongoing review of transitions to school should provide more seamless processes for children and their families. The planned curriculum review should provide a useful opportunity to deeply explore how effectively the needs and interests of all children are responded to.

The association empowers teachers to use the team’s strengths to respond to children and the parent community. Education managers should continue to lead the implementation of systems and processes to effectively build teacher capability. These include self review, assessment, planning, internal evaluation, appraisal and leadership.

Key Next Steps

The kindergarten teachers and education managers should continue to:

  • further extend the scope and impact of self review, and develop some aspects of assessment, planning and evaluation
  • improve appraisal goal setting, evidence, observations, feedback and next steps.

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Mary Richmond 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.

Next ERO Review

When is ERO likely to review the service again?

The next ERO review of Mary Richmond Kindergarten will be in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central

23 December 2015

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

43 children, aged over 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 22, Girls 16

Ethnic composition







Percentage of qualified teachers

0-49% 50-79% 80%

Based on funding rates


Reported ratios of staff to children

Under 2



Over 2


Meets minimum requirements

Review team on site

November 2015

Date of this report

23 December 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

October 2012


Education Review

May 2009


Education Review

February 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.