Miramar Community Creche - 01/11/2012

1. Evaluation of the Service

How well placed is the service to promote positive outcomes for children?

Miramar Community Creche is well placed to promote positive outcomes for children.

Context

Miramar Community Creche is a community owned early childhood service, governed by an advisory committee of elected parents. Children, up to the age of five, may attend sessions for up to five days a week, with the majority attending two or three days a week. The crèche appointed a new manager early in 2012. Teaching staff have a strong focus on partnerships with families.

The Review Findings

The service is welcoming to all children and their parents, whānau and aiga. Relationships with children are warm, affirming and responsive. Teachers take time to listen carefully to children, promoting authentic conversations and fostering children’s language development. They ask open and probing questions, following children’s leads and encourage them to make independent play choices. Educators talk with children about decisions that affect them and respect children’s rights to express a point of view.

The centre philosophy was developed collaboratively with parents and staff and is clearly communicated to whānau. It is underpinned by shared values and beliefs and reflects a commitment to the bicultural heritage of Aoteroa New Zealand that is evident in practice. Partnerships have been formed with a local kohanga reo.

Teachers are attuned to the variety of ways children express and explore their ideas about the world. They readily engage with children's play activities. They promote safe practices and social competencies. Consistently implemented routines give children a sense of security.

The teaching team has been together some time. Members work collaboratively and communicate effectively. They engage in robust reflective discussion of programmes and practices and focus on improving outcomes for children. Teaching strategies are thoughtful and deliberate. Educators provide a repertoire of literacy opportunities to enable children to observe, listen and interact and make sense of the natural and social worlds. Children are provided with feedback that acknowledges their effort and success. A variety of leadership opportunities for children supports a focus on developing their social competence.

Self-review systems are developing. Members of the service demonstrate a good understanding of its improvement and accountability functions.

Teachers have redeveloped their planning approach to increase manageability. Teachers need to:

  • strengthen their analysis of children’s learning stories and to consider how they continue to add challenge and complexity to planned next steps
  • make sure each child has his/her needs and development assessed on a more regular basis.

The newly appointed centre manager is effectively reviewing management systems. The teaching team appreciate the positive difference her support is making to the smooth running of the crèche. A re-established appraisal system for teachers is ensuring that useful feedback is given to staff to promote development. Self review informs professional development for staff as well as leading to improved outcomes for children.

2. Legal Requirements

Management Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the staff and management of Miramar Community Creche 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.

3. Next Review

When is ERO likely to review the early childhood service again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Joyce Gebbie

National Manager Review Services Central Region

1 November 2012

Information about the Early Childhood Service

Location

Miramar, Wellington

Ministry of Education profile number

60269

Licence type

Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

25 children, including up to 5 aged under 2 years

Service roll

38

Gender composition

Male 20,

Female 18

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Māori

Pacific

Other ethnic groups

23

5

3

7

Review team on site

September 2012

Date of this report

1 November 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Education Review

May 2009

June 2006

December 2003

General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

About ERO Reviews

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that reviews schools and early childhood services throughout New Zealand.

Review focus

ERO's education reviews in early childhood services focus on the factors that contribute to positive learning outcomes for children. ERO evaluates how well placed the service is to make and sustain improvements for the benefit of all children at the service. To reach these findings ERO considers:

  • 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 self review and partnerships with parents and whānau.

Review Coverage

ERO reviews do not cover every aspect of service performance and each ERO report may cover different issues. The aim is to provide information on aspects that are central to positive outcomes for children and useful to the service.

Disclaimer

Individual ERO school and early childhood service reports are public information and may be copied or sent electronically. However, the Education Review Office can guarantee only the authenticity of original documents which have been obtained in hard copy directly from either the local ERO office or ERO National Office in Wellington.